Your child wets the bed. You’re worried, frustrated, confused…you are not alone.
Arm yourself with the top information and proven solutions to help your child overcome bedwetting.
Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis can cause a lot of stress, anxiety, and worry by both the child and the parent. This is a common story in many housebolds, yet very few speak openly about it, including our family. However, we havn’t lost hope and that is because we have spent days, months, and years researching the causes and treatments that help a very high percentage of bed wetters.
Sometimes, time is simply the answer.
But to avoid nightly soaks and daily washes we have found alarms to be the most necessary tool. So in our years of research, we offer you the latest facts about bedwetting causes, when to call your pediatrician, and the top-rated solutions including alarms, mattress covers, accessories, and books.
Why does my child wet the bed?
This is a question asked by many worried parents every day. About 5-7 million children in the United States deal with this nightly. This accounts for about 10% of the entire population of children in the U.S.
As parents, we need to realize and communicate with our child that this is a normal part of growing up. However, we understand the need to have reassurance that there are no underlying medical concerns.
The most important thing you can do is offer kindness, support, and patience. They are not doing it on purpose or being disobedient. They should not be punished when they wet the bed.
Enuresis – Getting Medical
Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting and it is an involuntary action that occurs while they are asleep despite their ability to stay dry during the day.
Enuresis can be troublesome for families and cause a great amount of stress within the household. These external stresses can include extra loads of laundry, late-night changing of the sheets, and the lingering odor permeating the bedroom. Seriously, that smell though…
But more importantly, it is the internal stresses including anxiety, low self-esteem, and the worry of medical concerns. The good news is, with time and development it usually resolves itself and is not the result of a medical condition.
Bedwetting is typically not considered a “problem” until after the age of 7. Boys are twice as likely to wet the bed than girls and for most kids, it will resolve on its own with time. However, if it persists or your child was once able to stay dry at night and now is not, you should contact your pediatrician to rule out any health concerns.
There are two forms of bedwetting to understand; primary and secondary.
Primary bedwetting or primary enuresis is when your child has never been able to control the bladder during the night for any significant amount of time.
Secondary bedwetting or secondary enuresis is when your child was once able to control the bladder through the night for at least 6 months and is now starting to wet the bed again. If your child has recently starting to wet the bed, you should contact your pediatrician for an evaluation and possible treatment options.
Taking your first steps toward dry nights.
There are several enuresis treatment options to explore including alarms, changing your nighttime routine, alternative medicine (acupuncture, hypnosis, chiropractic therapy), medication, physical therapy and more.
Your doctor can set you on the right path if there is a medical concern, but most parents start with an alarm. These are very effective if used correctly and can drastically shorten the time that your child is wetting the bed.
Yes, it’s true that they might not stop it all together, but they are helpful in waking up your kid before they completely soak themselves. But, for a large percentage of kids, it helps clear up this issue once and for all. Lets hope that’s your kid!
It is understandable to worry about why your child still wets the bed or why they may have started again. Rest assured there are many options to cope with this period in their life. They need your support and guidance to know that it’s going to be OK.