About Bed Wetting
Wetting the bed over the night is quite usual among 6 year olds. This condition is known as sleep or bed wetting and some even call it night soiling. Doctors refer to this problem as nocturnal enuresis and statistics reveal it is more common among boys than girls. The condition normally resolves on its own after a while. Most children stop wetting the bed when they turn 7 and there are low chances it will continue until the teen age.
There are various factors that may contribute to this problem, including the size of the bladder, slow maturation of the bladder nerves or low level of anti-diuretic hormone. Infections or abnormalities of the urinary system, bowel movements problems, stressful events or even sleep apnea may be the causes of bed wetting. Also, this condition may be inherited and if parent(s) had these problems, the child is also highly likely to wet the bed.
As we already said, this condition is usually stopped without any intervention. However, if the child experiences pain while urinating or you notice pink discharge, you should consult your doctor. Snoring and bed wetting should also be reported to the doctor. Before diagnosing the condition, doctors will usually ask about the bed wetting. Patients’ medical history might also be relevant in this case, as well as the stress and recent events in the child’s life. Physical and urine tests are the next logical steps, to rule out infections and certain diseases as the exact cause of bed wetting and diagnose the problem. In some cases, further analysis may be required and the child might need X-ray and/or some other imaging.
What to DO about Bed Wetting?
Medical solutions are usually not necessary in children who wet their beds. All it takes is little bit of explanation and talking to the child. Change the routine and ask the child to go to the toilet before bed time and even before falling asleep, because these simple things are known to work.
Sometimes, the child needs to learn to delay the urination during the day. This will help to hold the urine overnight, too.
If your child has hard times holding the urine, don’t give him 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 that reason.
If the condition remains constant and there is no change at seven, visit the doctor and consult him or her about bed wetting issue. Doctor might suggest using the alarm device, designed to sense the urine and wake the child to go to the toilet.