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Bedwetting in children an embarrassment or just another parenting hurdle

I have heard many parents complaining about their children bedwetting, even when they are primary school age or slightly more. Your concerns is natural, but keep reminding yourself that this is something not in their control, and they will grow out of it.

Bedwetting In Children

What do most parents do when they discover their children have a bedwetting habit? You get anxious, punish your child, make him clean up afterwards, talk about the consequences he may face, if he wets the bed that night, make him feel the ‘odd man out’, and ashamed. One, or few of these could be your stop-gap reaction, but not our long term advice.

Here are some facts for you to consider around bedwetting: By the time children start going to school, in most cases bedwetting stops, however some primary school aged children might still wet the bed, and that is quite common, obviously not spoken about.

Day time bedwetting usually stops by the age of three, and night time bedwetting generally fades off by the time the child is five.

“Why with my child?” – You may have asked this question to yourself.

Here are some facts for the ‘Why’ in your mind:

Firstly, bedwetting is not done on purpose, it is purely due to lack of necessary control.

It is clearly not a ‘state of mind disorder’, in most cases it occurs in children who get into deeper sleep, as compared to other children, leading to not being able to wake up when their bladder is full.

More often than not, bedwetting runs in the family – gets passed on by Mom, Dad, Uncle or Aunt, who used to wet the bed as a child.

There could be a medical cause as well, a doctor visit is advisable too. Most children who wet the bed, seem to produce more urine at night. There is a hormone that has control over production of urine during sleep, studies indicate that low level of this hormone could be one of the cause too.

It also found that children under any kind of stress, fear, anxiety or insecurity, tend to start wetting the bed, even if they have been dry in the past. In such a case, bedwetting would stop, as soon as the child feels more secure and comfortable.

As parents, face it to sail through. Here are a few things that may help:

Do not portray bedwetting as a disease or a huge concern. Do reassure that it is normal, and will go away with time. Do let them know if someone else in the family used to wet the bed.

Ensure your child goes to the toilet before bedtime.

You could try giving more fluids through the day, and less at night. Caffeine based drinks are a complete no-no, as they tend to increase the production of urine.

You could start off by turning on alarm in the night, so the child could be taken to the toilet. Eventually, pass this to your child, if he is about seven years old or more, to pick the habit of the alarm system. This has helped in many cases.

You definitely need to see a doctor if bedwetting starts, after the child had grown out of it.

Make sure to not tease or criticise your child for bedwetting, neither can anyone else do the same. This is an extremely sensitive matter for your child, and can have an impact on his self-confidence, if not handled the right way.

Remember, sooner or later children grow out of bedwetting, and none other than you, play a vital role in growing out of it.




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