Often when a child is wetting his or her bed, the reason is due to an undiagnosed medical condition or to psychological effects. As a parent, you need to find out what is affecting your child so you can stop the problem.
After reading this publication, you'll have the tools and knowledge to help your child overcome bedwetting.
Before we start to consider some of the things that can be done to stop bedwetting, we need to discuss the background. Bedwetting occurs at night, often with children who have little or no trouble controlling their bladder during the day.
Bedwetting is not a rare problem. Experts think that five to seven million children in the USA wet the bed at least occasionally. The older children get, the less likely they are to wet the bed. However, 1% of older teenagers, and 20% of children between the ages of five and six will still wet their bed regularly.
Bedwetting creates stress for the entire family. Parents may be frustrated and fatigued by the extra laundry, drying mattresses, and reassurances that follow each incident.
The medical term for bedwetting is Enuresis and it is a serious subject for medical research. Researchers have found that a few basic causes of bedwetting seem to be the culprit for most sufferers. Among medical causes, ailments such as urinary tract infections, allergies, diabetes, cell anemia and sleep disorders are often the culprit.
Since bedwetting is often the first sign of these problems, it is a good idea to get your child checked out for these conditions. In addition, researchers have found that psychological reasons such as stress, upset, and trauma often contribute to bedwetting.
Children who wet the bed often suffer from low self-esteem, withdrawal, stress, fear, and other problems. These children may suffer from sleeplessness because they fear or are embarrassed by what happens when they sleep.
A child with Enuresis is often teased by others and may feel dirty by the smell of urine on them. The child may even avoid others out of fear of ridicule. At the very least, fun childhood activities such as camp, sleep overs, and camping may be traumatic rather than happy events for the bedwetting child.