ADD, ADHD and Bedwetting
Attention Deficit Disorder and Bedwetting
By Lyle D. Danuloff, Ph.D. & Reviewed by Judith Kovach, Ph.D.
Perhaps your child has been misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADD/ADHD) when the underlying problem is actually an oxygen-deprived, deep-sleep disorder.
Bed wetting is caused by an inherited deep-sleep disorder, causing the bed wetter to spend most of the night in Stage 4 sleep, which is an oxygen-deprived sleep. Thus, when a person is deprived of oxygen for extended periods of time at night–affecting the brain, bloodstream, muscles and all other organs–the resulting symptoms can be identical to those of ADD/ADHD, (the inability to concentrate or pay attention, forgetfulness, failure to complete tasks, distractibility, etc.). To end bed wetting, you must remove the cause…a serious sleep disorder.
We have discovered that, in most cases, once the sleep disorder is corrected and the bed wetting stops, the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD also disappear. In some cases where there is a legitimate ADD/ADHD disability, the symptoms improve enough that medications for ADD/ADHD can most likely be discontinued.
Bedwetting Linked With Intellectual Decline
By Jill Stein
HONG KONG (Reuters Health) – Children who regularly wet the bed at night score worse on multiple measures of cognitive performance than do non-bedwetting children, researchers reported here at the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) meeting.
Dr. Chung Kwong Yeung, chairman of pediatric surgery and pediatric urology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and colleagues tracked changes in cognitive function in 95 bedwetting children. (Cognitive function refers abilities such as intelligence, short-term memory, and attention focus.
Bedwetting, Bowel Problems Seen In Children With Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
Children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also tend to struggle with bedwetting and another bowel and urinary tract problems, a UC Irvine College of Medicine study has found. The study, believed to be the first to investigate urinary and bowel problems in children with ADHD, will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston. The researchers also introduced a biofeedback technique that appears to be successful at reversing some of these problems in children.
Dr. Barry Duel, assistant professor of urology and a specialist in childhood urological diseases at UCI Medical Center’s University Children’s Hospital, and his colleagues found that children with ADHD scored three times higher than non-ADHD children on a questionnaire that surveyed the delicate issues of pre-adolescent bedwetting, improper bowel control and other problems.
About 3 to 5 percent of all children in the United States have some degree of ADHD.