About Bed Wetting
Wetting the bed over the night is quite usual among 6 yearolds. This condition is known as sleep or bed wetting and some even call itnight soiling. Doctors refer to this problem as nocturnal enuresis andstatistics reveal it is more common among boys than girls. The conditionnormally resolves on its own after a while. Most children stop wetting the bedwhen they turn 7 and there are low chances it will continue until the teen age.
There are various factors that may contribute to thisproblem, including the size of the bladder, slow maturation of the bladdernerves or low level of anti-diuretic hormone. Infections or abnormalities ofthe urinary system, bowel movements problems, stressful events or even sleepapnea may be the causes of bed wetting. Also, this condition may be inheritedand if parent(s) had these problems, the child is also highly likely to wet thebed.
As we already said, this condition is usually stoppedwithout any intervention. However, if the child experiences pain whileurinating or you notice pink discharge, you should consult your doctor. Snoringand bed wetting should also be reported to the doctor. Before diagnosing thecondition, doctors will usually ask about the bed wetting. Patients’ medical historymight also be relevant in this case, as well as the stress and recent events inthe child’s life. Physical and urine tests are the next logical steps, to rule outinfections and certain diseases as the exact cause of bed wetting and diagnose theproblem. In some cases, further analysis may be required and the child mightneed X-ray and/or some other imaging.
What to DO about Bed Wetting?
Medical solutions are usually not necessary in children whowet their beds. All it takes is little bit of explanation and talking to thechild. Change the routine and ask the child to go to the toilet before bed timeand even before falling asleep, because these simple things are known to work.
Sometimes, the child needs to learn to delay the urinationduring the day. This will help to hold the urine overnight, too.
If your child has hard times holding the urine, don’t givehim or her fluids before sleeping. When there is something stressful in the child’s life,help him or her to feel safe and secure and they may stop wetting the bed for thatreason.
If the condition remains constant and there is no change atseven, visit the doctor and consult him or her about bed wetting issue. Doctor mightsuggest using the alarm device, designed to sense the urine and wake the childto go to the toilet.