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Bedwetting in Children: Tips And Facts

Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, can be shameful for many school-age children. There are many physical and emotional reasons why kids wet the bed. Bedwetting can cause extreme emotional shame for children, especially during campouts and sleepovers. They may also sense frustration from even the most patient parent, who must constantly wash and replace dirty sheets and purchase mattress replacements and disposable diapers. To better understand bedwetting in children, you will find below tips and facts to help you.

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Bedwetting Statistics

  1. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, most children stay dry at night by three years of age.
  2. About 13% of six-year olds still wet the bed, while about 5% of ten-year olds do.
  3. Usually, boys wet the bed more often than girls, and it is usually has a genetic link.

Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE)

Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE) means that a child does not wet the bed out of a neurological, emotional, or medical abnormality. Often, the child’s bladder is just underdeveloped and the hormones that naturally reduce urine production at night alert a child to wake up to urinate are lower than average. The child may also be an especially deep sleeper.

Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis (SNE)

Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis (SNE) occurs when a child wets the bed after experiencing at least a six-month period of dryness. SNE is usually caused by:

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Constipation
  • Bladder problems
  • Smaller than normal bladder
  • Insufficient anti-diuretic hormone production
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Down syndrome
  • Premature toilet training

Severe stress, fear, sadness, or insecurity may also cause SNE. This may be caused by sexual abuse, a death in the family, extreme bullying, divorce, or change in home or schools.

Tips for Parents of a Bedwetter

There are ways how a parent can help his child with bedwetting:

  1. Limit the child’s liquids before bedtime.
  2. Make sure he uses the restroom before going to bed.
  3. Wake the child once during the night and walk him to the bathroom to empty his bladder.
  4. Purchase a pad for the bed, which senses moisture and sets off an alarm, alerting the child to use the restroom.
  5. Use diapers or waterproof sheets.
  6. Use a motivational system to reward dry nights and be sure to praise him.
  7. Do not yell at or spank the child for wetting the bed, but do ask him to help clean up the mess.
  8. Practice bladder stretching exercises for those with small bladders.
  9. Ask the family physician for a prescription. The most common medications prescribed for bedwetting are Desmopressin, an anti-diuretic hormone, or tricyclic anti-depressants such as amitriptyline or nortriptyline; however, every medication has side effects, which should be discussed at length.
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As frustrating as bedwetting may be for both parents and children, there are things that can be done to reduce embarrassment and frustration. Bedwetting is largely a normal phase of life that most children will outgrow.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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