Bedwetting is more common than you can imagine with most parents with toddlers perceived to be past the bedwetting stage keeping mum about it. Maybe it is due to the stigma and embarrassment that is associated with such a condition or people just doesn’t want to talk about it.
Statistics show that 10% of children aged 5 years and above wet their beds almost every night. This may cause anxiety in some children which comes from being embarrassed, scared and sad about their situation. Parents bear the brunt too by being constantly frustrated and anxious for not only their child’s reaction but also wondering why at their age they are still bedwetting.
The best way to handle such a situation is being calm, patient and understanding towards your child to inspire the same in your child. Regard this as a challenge or another phase in your child’s growth that you need to work out together with them,eventually most bedwetting kids just outgrow it, one day you wake up and its gone.
What makes kid wet the bed?
Most people have this misguided notion that bedwetting is as a result of a kid being lazy to the point of preferring wetting the bed than going to the toilet. Parents thus react harshly towards their kids when it happens dishing out disciplinary measures to ensure the behaviour isn’t repeated. What they don’t realize is that their kid is usually not a lazy slob but might actually have a genuine reason that is beyond their control for bedwetting.
A condition linked to the nervous system maybe one such reason that causes bedwetting or enuresis. This condition occurs when the nervous system is underdeveloped enough to cause the child to lose control of their bladder which mostly occurs when they are sleeping.
Another reason might be stress related, your child might be suffering from anxiety caused by something happening at home or school which might cause them to wet the bed while in the throes of a disturbed sleep. Urinary tract troubles which cause regular urination is a rare cause to such a frustrating condition, this needs a paediatrician to accurately diagnose and treat.
Wetting the bed can occur to children of any age and contrary to belief, it is not inherited. Although not a cause for alarm in its early stages, if your kid doesn’t overcome it soon, it is time to see the doctor.
This should be a cause for alarm especially if the condition is becoming worse with your kid becoming more affected by it after talking to their peers and finding out that they don’t wet their beds.
Do not wait to the point where you and your kid are depressed by the situation, instead, seek help from your physician to ascertain that there is no underlying condition to worry about.
There are support groups that you and your child can visit and meet other people with similar circumstances. Your physician can also recommend some form of practical measures that can be employed to help your child through this stage.
Pointers to help your child stop bedwetting
Ø Always try to put your child at ease and show them it is okay when you find out they wet their bed and ask them to help you change their bedding.
Ø Be keen to pin point if they are stressed, things like moving houses, divorce, bullying etc. are red flags.
Ø Train your child on how to hold in urine during the day to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.
Ø Avoid giving them a lot of fluids from late afternoon.
Ø Use protective beddings and clothing.
Ø Leave a little light on at night for them to see to the bathroom.