What can be more frustrating than a child wetting the bed? You have to wash the sheets, remake the bed and sometimes even replace the mattress. However child bed wetting (Enuresis) is very common and 1 in 10 children will continue to wet the bed after the age of 5. This problem tends to run in families and tends to affect boys more than girls.
What causes my child to wet the bed?
It could be a simple reason like a small bladder. A child produces urine during the night and the bladder may be too small to hold the volume. Nerves and muscles that control the bladder may not be mature enough to control it.
Some children tend to be very heavy sleepers and the urge to go to the toilet is not enough to wake them up. If children are in a deep sleep they are often very difficult to arouse.
Is bed wetting hereditary?
Yes it can certainly be inherited, especially if both parents had the problem when they were children. Be assured that your child will grow out of it the same way you did.
How to stop a child from wetting the bed
Always be understanding, your child certainly isn’t doing this on purpose, on the contrary they are probably embarrassed by wetting the bed. Hard as it might be, don’t let your child know that you’re frustrated by their behaviour it will just make matters worse. Why not invest in a mattress liner? While this won’t solve the problem, it will save on a new mattress!
Sometimes simple measures are all that’s needed. Make sure your child doesn’t drink too much before bed, no more than one glass of water or milk. Take your child to the bathroom immediately before bed as well.
If these simple measures don’t work you could try a bed-wetting alarm. These are supposed to have a reasonable success rate but some children can sleep right through them, even though the rest of the family gets woken up!
Another answer could be to set your alarm clock either once or twice a night to take your child to the toilet. This can work well but don’t try it if you find it hard to go back to sleep afterwards.
There are also behavioural therapies where the child gets rewarded for having a dry night. I doubt the value of these because child bed wetting is an involuntary behaviour and a dry bed is probably reward enough. Exercises to improve bladder control could help, but that’s only if it’s the bladder muscles that are causing the problem
Anti-diuretic medication (DDAVP) which slows down the rate of urine production at night has also proven effective. However this type of medication can disrupt the sodium/water balance in the body and may cause seizures. Safer by far is a homeopathic blend which safely stops bed-wetting while also helping to strengthen the bladder.
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