Bedwetting is also called nocturnal enuresis, which is a prevalent condition affecting around five million children in the United States – according to the study, it is more common in boys than in girls. And doctors don’t consider the children to be bedwetters unless they wet the bed at night after the age of 6. Well, if your kid is under the age of 6 and is still wets his bed in sleep, then you need not be overly concerned. He will probably outgrow the condition.
Doctors depicted bedwetting as either primary bedwetting or secondary bedwetting.
In primary bedwetting, the child is unable to stay dry for six consecutive months.
In secondary bedwetting, the child wets again after having been dry for six consecutive months.
Adult bedwetting is also an issue. According to the study, at least 2 percent of adult’s experience bedwetting.
WHAT CAUSES BEDWETTING?
Bedwetting is something that is common that runs in families. 75% of children who experience bedwetting at night have a parent or first-degree relative who might have the same problem that the child goes through. In most cases, primary bedwetting is not by any underlying medical problem. However, the secondary bedwetting in kids and adults may occur due to the urinary tract infection, a prostate problem in men, diabetes, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sickle cell disease, or certain neurological problems. Bedwetting may also happen due to emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one or a change in one’s environment, which also causes bedwetting.
CAN BE BEDWETTING TREATED?
Most of the children usually bedwetting on their own, treatment for this merely not necessary unless the child is bothered by bedwetting. However, there are numerous techniques you can try before going to sleep to prevent bedwetting.
How much your child drinks water before going to bed: Drinking loads of water during dinner is not considered to be a cause of bedwetting, although it can cause occasional wet nights.
To the bathroom before bed again and again: Have your kid go to the bathroom – or least try before going to sleep. Also, wake your child up for the bathroom even before you go to sleep.
Medications: There might be certain medicines that may help to prevent bedwetting. However, medications are typically used as a last resort or for short term use only, such as for a sleepover or overnight camp, and are not recommended for children younger than age 5. Medications used for bedwetting include desmopressin (DDAVP), imipramine(Tofranil), and oxybutynin(Ditropan).