It is quite common for many school-age children to wet their beds throughout the night. Luckily for most children and their families it is a problem that will resolve over time. For those who don’t grow out of bedwetting with time, it is an issue that can be fixed through simple treatment, patience and guidance.
Bedwetting, also known as ‘nocturnal enuresis’, is something that is seen in almost a third of four year olds. By the age of six, the frequency of bedwetting will decline and then will decline even further by the age of ten.
There are, however, some instances where bedwetting in teenagers can become a problem. Most children will not experience any long term problems from bedwetting, but it is expected that many children will feel embarrassed or ashamed so it is important that you remind your child that they are not the only one who wet their bed.
Causes of bedwetting
Not all the causes of bedwetting are inherently known, but doctors and psychologists have been able to narrow the causes down to a few possible factors. The first factor is genetics. It is widely believed that the tendency to wet the bed runs in families. Usually, if one or both parents were bedwetters as children then it is quite likely their children will also be bedwetters. Another cause could be that your child is a deep sleeper. Physiological factors for wetting the bed can include a small bladder capacity or overactive kidneys that are producing a lot of urine at night. If your child is wetting the bed as a result of being constipated then it is important to treat the cause of the constipation in order to be able to treat the bedwetting.
In some rare cases, particularly in bedwetting in older children, this could be a sign that there is an underlying medical problem that could be causing the child to wet the bed. This could be something physical or psychological. When a child wets the bed it is often because they have little control or awareness that these accidents are happening in their sleep, it is rarely something that a child would do for attention and it is not considered a behavioural problem.
Managing bedwetting in children
While bedwetting is usually something children will grow out of, here are some simple steps for bedwetting treatment at home:
A waterproof mattress is great for eliminating stress and mess that is associated with bedwetting. BedGuard mattresses are designed to prevent urine from being absorbed deep into the fibres of the mattress. If a child does wet the bed, the urine will only sit on the surface of the mattress and will be easy to clean with a paper towel. This will eliminate the bed getting stained or breeding bacteria within the mattress.
Bedwetting Solutions For Australian Families
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