If you’d like to take your bedwetting research to the next level, there are plenty of Australian resources, which you may find helpful. If your child is old enough to use the internet, they may even like doing their own research, too!
Useful Resources - How DryNites Can Help
What causes bedwetting?
If your child is going through a bedwetting phase, you're probably wondering what's causing it. The short answer is that it's usually down to a minor developmental delay, which will straighten itself out over time. It's quite rare for bedwetting to be caused by an underlying medical condition. The most common form of bedwetting is called primary nocturnal enuresis. This refers to when a child has never been dry at night. Common causes are things like genetics, a neurological development delay between the bladder and brain, or the underproduction of the antidiuretic hormone ADH that signals to the kidneys to produce less urine at night. The other type of bedwetting is secondary nocturnal enuresis. This refers to a child who has been dry for six months or more, and then starts to wet the bed. This is typical the result of underlying medical issues or by emotional factors. For children with primary nocturnal enuresis, it means your child's bladder capacity has not developed to the point of being able to hold urine overnight. Children who wet the bed at night may have a nervous system that is slow to process the feeling of a full bladder. So your child does not wake up or respond to the messages sent from their bladder to their brain saying its full and needs emptying. As their body matures the messages sent from the bladder start to get through and your child learns to wake and go to the toilet. Most children who experience bedwetting haven't reached this developmental stage yet. But don't worry, they'll get there soon. While deep sleeping certainly plays a role in bedwetting it is not the primary cause of why it happens in the first place. Deep sleeping just makes it even harder for children to response to the signal sent from their bladder telling them to 'wake-up'. Secondary nocturnal enuresis is a little more complex. If your child has been dry at night for six months and they relapse back to bedwetting, it's often a sign of emotional problems or stress. Common catalysts include big events, such as moving house, a new sibling, or starting school. Stressful situations, including tension in the home, death of a family member or pet, or being bullied at school can also cause your child to start wetting the bed again. Other causes of secondary bedwetting include minor medical conditions, such as constipation or a urinary tract infection. In very rare cases, bedwetting can be caused by diabetes. One thing to remember through all of this is that the cause is never laziness. It's important to remain calm and not to take out any frustration on your child, even though it can be a real pain to change sheets every night. Provide some extra support to your child by using DryNites® Night Time Pants or BedMats. It gives them a little more independence and they're an effective safety net at night.Read transcript +
NATIONAL CONTINENCE HELPLINE
The National Continence Helpline is run by the Continence Foundation Australia and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. It is staffed with knowledgeable and experienced nurses and continence advisors, who are there to answer any questions you have.
The helpline is free and can be reached on 1800 33 00 66. The line is open from 8am to 8pm (AEST), Monday to Friday.
BLADDER AND BOWEL WEBSITE
The government Bladder and Bowel Website is a useful resource for information brochures about bedwetting. You may find some of the following information from the Department of Health and Ageing helpful:
1. Childhood Bedwetting Brochure: About childhood bedwetting
2. The Dry Night: Eight step guide for parents of children who wet the bed
3. Watertight: A guide for older children and parents about bedwetting
NATIONAL PUBLIC TOILET MAP
Locate public toilets all over Australia with the National Public Toilet Map. Funded by the Department of Social Services, it includes information for more than 16,000 locations throughout Australia.
HUGGIES AUSTRALIA PARENTING FORUM
The Huggies Forum is a great place to start if you’re looking for advice from other parents who have been through bedwetting. Sometimes it’s nice to just have some emotional support, too!
EDUCATION AND RESOURCES FOR IMPROVING CHILDHOOD CONTINENCE (ERIC)
ERIC is a UK-based charity with a huge amount of bedwetting information on their website. They also have a support forum, if you wish to interact with like minded parents.
Facebook can be a great tool for locating local groups about bedwetting and parenting. You may even find a parenting group close to where you live.