Are you worried that bed wetting is a situation peculiar to your child only? Well, relax because there are 5 to 7 million other kids in the United States who wet their beds. Bed wetting is stressful, but also a very common and treatable childhood problem.
Research shows that after age 5 about 15% of children continue to wet the bed, but by age 10, 95% of children are dry at night. Bed wetting has many causes ranging from genes to medical conditions and emotional stress. However, in most situations bed wetting is treatable with the right solution, parental support and positive reinforcement.
Depending on what is causing the child to wet his or her bed, you can choose the treatment option. Bed wetting is usually categorized into primary and secondary. A child is said to be suffering or Primary enuresis or bed wetting, if he or she has never been dry during sleep, while in case of Secondary enuresis or bed wetting the child starts to wet after being dry at least for six months.
Primary bed wetting can be result of poor day time toilet habits or inability to hold urine throughout the night, delay bladder maturation or because the child is a deep sleeper and doesn’t wake up when the bladder is full.
Secondary bed wetting, on the other hand, could result from a medical condition such as unitary tract infection or constipation or from emotional stress arising out of parental separation or divorce, arrival of new sibling, change of school or moving.
Sometimes just dealing with your child’s emotional dilemma might help stop bed wetting. But if you suspect any physical or medical problem, then it’s advisable to speak to a doctor and get a medical evaluation done.
In most other cases lifestyle changes such as frequently using the toilet during day time, drinking more fluids during the day and restricting fluid intake few hours before the bed time, treatment options such as bedwetting alarms and/or medicines can help the child to stop bed wetting.
However, while using medicines take your child’s pediatrician advice. Medicines don’t permanently stop bed wetting. They are short-term solution that can be used for special occasions such as sleepovers. Bedwetting alarms on the other hand are more long term solution as they gradually condition your child’s brain to establish a connection between brain and bladder calls.