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Bedwetting and snoring

 

For several years now, we have been aware of how improper breathing (mouth-breathing) can adversely affect the body’s various systems. One of the more unusual effects has been the link between snoring and bedwetting in children. A recent article in New Scientist magazine (2 August 2003) reports that 1 in 10 six year olds wet the bed.

A 2001 study of 321 children found that over a third of them wet their beds prior to surgery( to have their enlarged adenoids or tonsils removed). Of these, 63% stopped completely three months after surgery.( International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, vol 59, p115). Other studies show similar results.

8 out of ten children referred to Prince of Wales hospital because of bedwetting, have a narrow palate. A Swedish study has found that 7 out 10 children who had failed to respond to other treatments for bedwetting , improved within 1 month of using an appliance to expand the palate, with four completely stopping wetting their beds.

In the past , bed wetting has been blamed on everything from drinking too much liquid to stress or even child abuse. Doctors evaluating children with bed wetting problems should now examine their airways and ask about how they sleep and whether they snore in addition to looking at other possible causes, says Lee Brooks, a pulmonologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

   
 
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