Bedwetting in Children
Bedwetting in medical term called as Nocturnal enuresis. Mostly children wet their bed in nightly or occasionally at the time of their potty training years. In fact, it is approximated that 7 million children wet bed on regular basis in United States. During their learning process, it is very normal to wet their beds. Bedwetting is not being considered as any disorder until the age of 6.
Reasons for Bedwetting
In children, bedwetting is just a result of immaturity. The age is variable in which children learn to control the bladder during their sleep.
Bedwetting in Teenagers
Bladder control is a very mosaic process which includes muscles, spinal cord, nerves and brain. In this case, the problem will undertaking in time. If bedwetting is continuing beyond the age of 7 and 8 then you should consult to your physician because it may be a sign of underlying medical situation.
There are two forms of bedwetting primary and secondary. The child had never control on urination in night with primary condition. The secondary form can be caused by psychological stress but may be a result of underlying medical situation like urinary tract obstruction and constipation. If your child is suffering from secondary form of bedwetting then you should consult to your physician.
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Symptoms of Bedwetting
Bedwetting refers to urination that not be done willingly during sleep up to the age of 6. Bedwetting can occur at any time in night during sleep but mostly it occurs during first few hours of sleep.
Occasionally bedwetting in children beyond the age of 6 is uncommon and if it is happening at regular basis more than 2 to 3 times per months then you should consult to your physician.
How to Treat Bedwetting
Bedwetting occurs during the first few hours of sleep so you should ensure that your child goes to the bathroom before sleep.
Generally these methods are prescribed for treating bedwetting:-
Maintain a daily routine of your child to go to bathroom before sleep.
Waking up your child at night when he or she used to wet the bed and take him or her to the bathroom before wet the bed.
Limiting the liquids before sleep.
Encourage your child by developing the reward system for dry nights.
Coping with Bedwetting
There are some products which you can buy for school aged children.
Sleeping bag liners
Disposable absorbent underpants
Reusable absorbent underpants
Enuresis alarms that go off when the child begins to wet the bed.
Don’t punish your child if your child wets the bed. Your child can’t help it. Consult to your physician about the treatment.
You should never talk about bedwetting in front of others
Be patient, attentive and understanding.
Talk to your child how the bladder works.
Avoid liquids before sleep.