Bedwetting in Children

Bedwetting in Children

 

Bedwetting in Children and How to Cope with it

 

 

Bedwetting or nocturnal  enuresis is a sleep disorder commonly seen among children. Bedwetting is a condition where the child experiences involuntary urination while sleeping at night after they are old enough to control their bladder. Bedwetting in children doesn’t usually indicate underlying medical conditions. Some of the possible causes of bedwetting may include:

 

  • Hereditary
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Slow maturation of the bladder
  • Bladder’s ability to hold lesser amount of urine than normal
  • Low levels of the hormone vasopressin ( the hormone which reduces urine production)

 

 

Coping with Bedwetting

 

Bedwetting can make the child embarrassed and uncomfortable. Due to bedwetting, the child may be hesitant to sleep alone or mingle with friends and guests if they have to spend the night in the same room. Being supportive is the best way to help the child overcome the condition. Some ways to cope with bedwetting are:

 

  • Encouraging the child to drink more fluids during daytime and less at night
  • Reminding the child to go to the bathroom before they go to bed
  • Reassuring the child that bedwetting is normal and will not last forever
  • Being gentle and positive instead of yelling at or punishing the child when they wet the sheets

 

 

If the bedwetting begins suddenly or is accompanied by other symptoms, consult a health professional.

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