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Are You Worried About Your Child's Bedwetting?


Cheer up. We'll give you pointers on how to deal your child's bedwetting.

For starters, we'd like to reassure you that managing your child's bedwetting is not as difficult as it sounds. While there are no quick answers, there are ways to help you and your child cope with it. It's important to understand that bedwetting is really not a problem but more of a phase that many school-age kids go through. With enough encouragement and support, your child will eventually outgrow it. Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.

What Is Bedwetting?

The medical term for nighttime bedwetting is enuresis. It is the involuntary discharge of urine by a child who is 5 years old or above. This is the age when he is supposed to be able to control urination. There are two types of enuresis. These are:

  • Primary Enuresis - Your child has primary enuresis when he has been wetting his bed consistently for the past six months.
  • Secondary Enuresis - When your child has always been dry but has suddenly started wetting his bed again, then he has secondary enuresis. About 80% of those who wet the bed have primary enuresis.

Doctor, Doctor,, Will I Ever Stay Dry?

It would help if you discuss your child's bedwetting with a doctor. He can help you figure out if there are any physical reasons why your child is wetting his bed.

Mom, I Wet My Bed Again

The causes of bedwetting are not fully understood. But there are several reasons why n child experiences nighttime bedwetting. When you ask your doctor about it, he may mention any of the following;

Bladder Development

His bladder may not yet be fully developed or may not hove grown as quickly as the rest of the body. It may be too small to hold urine for a full night, or his bladder muscle (also called sphincter, it controls the flow of urine) is not strong enough to hold urine until morning.

Hormonal

Some children may produce too little of the hormones that slow down the kidney's production of urine at night.

Heavy Sleeper

Some children sleep so deeply that the urge to urinate does not wake them up.

Hereditary

Bedwetting often runs in the family. If one or both parents were previous bedwetters, there's a 40 to 70% chance that their child will also be a bedwetter.

The Best Way To Deal With Your Child's Bedwetting

Nighttime accidents may cause your child unnecessary stress. It may make him feel like a baby at a time when what he wants most is to feel grown-up. So get him involved in the process of overcoming his bedwetting so he will see it in a more positive light.

Your attitude toward your child's bedwetting can also make a difference on how he feels about it. Support and encouragement will help your child, while shame and punishment will not. Remember, there is no foolproof way to stop it but the following should help.

Your Child Can...

  • Avoid drinking liquids with caffeine such as cola and cocoa.
  • Cut down on chocolates, ice cream and cake at least four hours before bedtime.
  • Make a chart to record his progress as soon as he starts having dry nights.

While You Can...

  • Take your child to the doctor. keep his bedwetting between the two of you.
  • Listen to your child when he needs to talk about it.
  • Be mindful of what your child drinks after dinner and help him keep track of dry nights.
  • Wake him up from time to time throughout the night and guide him to the bathroom.
 

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