Once you’ve figured bedwetting out, dry nights won’t seem so far away
Bedwetting simply refers to the uncontrollable passing of urine during sleep. It is treatable, unintentional, and very common in children. If your child is wetting the bed, it’s likely they are experiencing a minor developmental delay that affects their ability to hold in urine at night.
Even though it can be annoying to deal with the aftermath of bedwetting, it’s important to remember that your child not doing it out of laziness. Bedwetting is stressful, embarrassing and inconvenient for your child, too.
What is bedwetting?
Bedwetting, also called nocturnal enuresis, is a very common phase for over half a million children in Australia every night. In fact, up to 1 in 4 four year olds and 15% of five year olds experience bedwetting, with it being slightly more common in boys than in girls.
Night time wetting is involuntary. It’s not something children can control, so it’s not their fault at all. The condition is often dependent on the maturation of a child’s nervous system and bladder. When you need to go to the toilet, the bladder sends signals to the brain to wake up because it’s full and needs emptying. But, for children who wet at night, there is often a ‘disconnect’ or delay in processing this information.
There are two different types of nocturnal enuresis:
The most common form 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.
Secondary enuresis is the other type, which refers to a child who has been dry for six months or more, and then starts to wet the bed. It’s often caused by more psychological or emotional factors. Stress can play a major role in secondary bedwetting. A significant change in your child’s routine like moving house, starting school or the birth of a new sibling are common causes of stress among young children.
Night time wetting is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about – it’s a normal phase that most children outgrow, and will typically resolvie itself with time – in fact 15% of children stop wetting the bed every year without treatment.
In the meantime, your love, support and products such as DryNites® Pyjama Pants or BedMats can help your child to take control of the situation and regain their independence, allowing them to get a restful night’s sleep and wake up dry.
In the medical world, bedwetting is called nocturnal enuresis. It comes in two major varieties – primary and secondary.
Primary Nocturnal Enuresis
Primary nocturnal enuresis refers to when your child has never been dry at night, and is the most common kind of bedwetting. Children usually develop the physiological tools to control their bladder by 4 years old, but that development can be delayed. This usually results in:
Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis
Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis is a little more difficult, and refers to when your child wets the bed after being dry for six months or more. It is often a result of significant emotional stress, but can also be an indicator of an underlying medical issue. If your child suddenly wets the bed after being dry for a long time, look out for:
In very rare cases, secondary nocturnal enuresis can be a symptom of diabetes. Regardless, if you think your child’s bedwetting is problematic, a visit to the doctor is always good practice.
Secondary Sources: www.emedicinehealth.com