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My 10 year old daughter is overweight and she snores whilesleeping. she is always disturbed while sleeping and alsohas a bed wetting problem. do children get sleep apnea?

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Dr. David Chrisman answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

Definitely: It is not normal for children to snore. The new guidelines for the american pediatric association are that children who snore should get a sleep study. Bed wetting is related to sleep problems. More than likely your child may have large tonsils and/or adenoids that may need to be removed. Disturbed sleep means she is not getting restful sleep which can affect her growth and development. See ent.

Answered 4/9/2015

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sleep Apnea: About 10% children that age would snore in their sleep, but only 1-3% of snorers have obstructive sleep apnea. Possible causes are; enlarged tonsil/adenoids, obesity, genetic syndromes such as down's syndrome, family history of sleep apnea. I recommend her pediatrician evaluate to rule out apnea. Wish her well.

Answered 4/9/2015

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Yes: Sleep apnea is due mainly to compromised metabolism in brainstem where automatic breathing is controlled during sleep. Your daughter needs to stop all forms of sugar and get some vitamin therapy for her state is potentially dangerous. The obesity is an effect of poor diet.

Answered 7/13/2013

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