Bedwetting isn't something uncommon with 1 in 5 children prone to wetting their bed at some stage. Thanks to Brolly Sheets, we touch on what parents should and shouldn't do to help stop bedwetting.
It may not be something we necessarily want to talk about, but at some stage in your child’s life, they will inevitably wet the bed.
I’ve done it, you’ve probably done it, chances are almost everyone at one point or another will have woken up damp and embarrassed after a bed wetting incident.
More than 100,000 Australian children will wet the bed tonight, with the Continence Foundation of Australia reporting that approximately 1 in 5 children in Australia are wetting the bed.
So before you start to panic that your child is dealing with anything more than just a natural part of childhood growth and development, remember that it affects approximately:
- 15% of 5 year olds
- 5% of 10 year olds
- 2% of 15 year olds
- 1% of adults.
Your child is not alone and will most likely outgrow it as they get older!
It can be very easy for your child to feel that they are the only one with the problem, as wetting the bed isn’t exactly a topic they would be keen to share or reveal to their friends.
Understanding why bed wetting occurs may be beneficial in helping reassure your child that the occasional overnight accident is normal.
Bed wetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is a condition where you involuntary wee during sleep.
There are two types of nocturnal enuresis, primary enuresis and secondary enuresis. Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE) is when a child has never been dry for more than a few months at a time.
Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis (SNE) is when a child has been completely dry for six months and then begins to wet the bed again (this can sometimes occur when your child starts school or there has been some changes in the family such as a new baby).
Causes of Bedwetting
The causes of bed wetting can be many and varied, but there is evidence to suggest that genetics, hormones, neurological and development delay, a small bladder, bladder instability and stress are among the most common reasons for bedwetting.
There are other proven causes of bedwetting including diseases such as urinary tract infections and physical abnormalities, abnormal urethral valves and urethra, spinal chord abnormalities, insufficient ADH production, and psychological reasons, just to name a few.
If your child is experiencing bedwetting after the age where they are expected to stay dry at night, generally around 7 years of age, always consult your doctor.
No Shame, Lots to Gain
Remember, bed wetting is a normal part of growing up and is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Shaming a bed wetting child is likely to have little result but prolonging the issue!
Of course, having to get up in the middle of the night to change a wet bed is not an ideal situation, but if you create a strong sense of shame, chances are they’ll carry that with them and other children may pick up on it. And unfortunately, this is the sort of “weakness” that may mean a child becomes an easy target for bullying.
In saying that, it is important not to hide the problem. Secrecy can add to shame and that is the very thing we are trying to avoid.
Tips on Staying Dry
While there are no miracle cures or overnight successes for overcoming bedwetting, there are a few handy tricks that may help your little one stay dry throughout the night.
One thing you may want to try is a dream wee. A dream wee is when you lift your child in the night and take them to the toilet. It can be helpful until their bladder learns to hold on longer, or sends signals to the brain to wake up. While many parents find a dream wee helps their child “last” until the morning, others argue that unless they are wide awake, it doesn’t teach them how to wake themselves up for a wee.
A night light can also make a huge difference, helping ensure your child feels safe getting up in the middle of the night if they need to.
Setting a routine bedtime for your child may also be beneficial, with over tired children falling deeply asleep and having a harder time waking up to go to the bathroom.
Waterproof Bedding for Bed Wetting and Incontinence
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