Everybody wets their bed when they are young. We all slowly learnt how to control our bodies and stopped wetting our beds at night on our own. But what if some of us did not? What if some of us still continued to wet our beds or stopped but then started again at a later time? Before there was nobody to help us deal with it professionally. Luckily, in today’s world, there are plenty of people who are ready to help the youth of today deal with this issue. There is also a lot of information out there for people to do it discreetly and on their own should they choose to do so.
Bedwetting is very common amongst young children, at least up until the ages of five to seven. When it happens regularly after that age, it is called nocturnal enuresis. Basically, it means an involuntary passing of urine at night, about twice a week or so, after the ages of five to seven. This condition causes plenty of emotional and psychological damage.
It is more common in boys than it is in girls and if there has been a history of such a condition in the parents, this too adds to the prevalence of the condition.
Possible causes could be multiple reasons. Some of the most common are a nightmare, the body is too cold (ac or fan is set too high), genetics, caffeine, poor sleep habits, has had too much liquid prior to bed, bladder problems or an inadequate production of ADH, a hormone that reduces urination at night.
If your child is experiencing bedwetting and this is not normal considering their age, first determine the type of bedwetting it is. Primary is when the child has not stopped wetting the bed since birth. Secondary enuresis is when the child has started a minimum of six months after stopping. In some cases, it could be years after stopping.
Once you have determined the type, then determine whether it is a medical issue that needs resolving. There are medical reasons such as urinary tract infection, diabetes, an overactive bladder, fever, etc. that, once resolved, would stop the bedwetting. Should it not be a medical issue, then look at what is bothering your child. It could be a problem at school or at home, with peers or figures of authority or siblings.
If your child has a history of repeated urinary tract infections, please consult a doctor immediately. Should there be a suspected underlying neurological or urological problem, suspected physical, mental or sexual abuse of any kind, please see a doctor to help your child address these issues.
There are doctors who can help children cope with their condition and who can help the family cope with the consequences of this condition.
Whatever route you choose to take, take it as a family. That is very important to make your child understand that you support and love them.
* Link to article that prompted this post – http://www.bangaloremirror.com/columns/teen-spirit/Bedwetting-in-teenagers/articleshow/50469754.cms *