The issue of bed-wetting is kept inside the closet and less discussed as compared to other conditions like diabetes and asthma. It has fostered the popular misconception that laziness among kids make them wet the bed. The condition often results in embarrassment for older kids and annoyance for parents. Understanding the causes may help you deal with your kids’ condition better.
With age, children learn to control their bladder. But most children below 5 years wet their bed. 15% continue to wet the bed even after 5 years, the percentage drops to 5% for those above 10 years. The percentage of boys wetting bed is more than the girls.
Although, it is difficult to zero-in the causes, there are various factors that ticks it in kids:
a. Research suggests genes play a vital role. 3 out of 4 children who wet beds have parents or first-degree relatives who have wet their beds in childhood.
b. The communication between brain and bladder is slow for some kids.
c. Kids who are heavy sleepers tend to wet their bed more than the others.
d. Constipation or full bowel can put pressure on the bladder.
Nothing major is medically wrong with most of the kids who wet the bed at night. But, there are cases, which are a bit more serious. Less than 3% of them are inflicted with apnea, deformities of bladder or urinary tract, diabetes and spinal cord problems. Although, these causes need medical attention, there is nothing to fret.
Physicians refrain from diagnosing bed-wetting for kids below 6 years. Almost 12% of kids wet the bed. Bed-wetting is a problem only when parents presume it be so.
You can help your inculcate some healthy practices to cope with it better.
a. Ask him/ her to use the rest room before going to sleep.
b. Restrict the kid’s fluid intake before bedtime.
c. Include bladder stretching exercise in their routine. It can increase the amount of urine the bladder can hold.