Inside This Article
- 1 What Is Bedwetting?
- 2 How To Stop Bedwetting
- 2.1 How to Stop Bedwetting
- 2.1.1 1. Manage Daytime Fluid Intake And Urination
- 2.1.2 2. Minimize Discomfort At Night And Provide Easy Access To Toilet
- 2.1.3 3. Talk With Your Child’s Primary Care Provider About Medication
- 2.1.4 4. Avoid Blaming Or Punishing Your Child
- 2.1.5 5. Enforce A ‘No Teasing’ Rule In The Family
- 2.1.6 6. Encourage Responsibility
- 2.1.7 7. Make Clean-up Easy
- 2.1.8 8. Monitor Your Child’s Bowel Movements
- 2.1 How to Stop Bedwetting
Amalala Mai fitsarin kwan ce
Ya tsula ya koma tsulawa
Da ya tsula sai da ya kai Sokoto
The above is the very popular song used to shame those who bed wet as kids. They are asked to serve punishments like carry their beds or stand naked while siblings and other family members sing the above song. This is a familiar scenario in most homes in the north where a child bed wets.
What Is Bedwetting?
Bedwetting is the loss of bladder control while sleeping at night. Bedwetting is also known as Nocturnal enuresis. It is a standard developmental stage among children below the age of 5 because the child is yet to develop nighttime bladder control and only becomes a cause for concern when the child is above the age of 7.
It has been confirmed that the number of boys that bed wet is twice that of girls and that 2% of adults suffer from bedwetting. The percentage may be higher but most adults are too ashamed to talk to their doctors about it.
In most cases, people have reported dreaming that they had woken up to relieve themselves only to wake up and find that they did it in their beds.
What Causes Bedwetting?
Now that you know what bedwetting is, what causes it? There is not an exact known cause for bedwetting but these are common factors that contribute;
1. A Small Bladder
This happens when the child’s bladder has not developed fully.
2. A Hormone Imbalance
Some people do not produce enough anti-diuretic hormones (ADH) to slow down night urination.
3. Sleep Apnea
Bedwetting is a sign that a person may be suffering from sleep apnea (The obstruction of breathing during sleep.) Urinating during sleep may become more frequent as sleep apnea worsens. Check out more on sleep apnea and other common sleeping disorders you should know about.
When blood sugar is high, it may lead to bedwetting. Other signs of diabetes might include; passing a large amount of urine and increased thirst.
5. A structural Problem In The Urinary Tract Or Nervous System
Bed wetting could be related to a defect in the urinary or nervous system.
6. Chronic Constipation
The muscles that control urine and stool are the same, so when constipation is prolonged it may lead to bedwetting.
Bedwetting is mostly transferred from generation to generation though it is not clear which genes are responsible for the transfer.
In many cases, bedwetting has a genetic pattern, inherited from a parent, aunt or uncle.
How To Stop Bedwetting
Before you know how to stop bedwetting, here are a few tips to manage bedwetting.
1. Spread out sheets and clothes in the air for proper drying.
2. Put a waterproof cover or pad over your mattress or sheets to keep them dry.
3. Wear absorbent underwear or pads to bed.
4. Use special skin cleansing cloths and lotions to prevent your skin from getting irritated.
5. To help reduce the stench, Add a few pinches of salt to a bowl of warm water and sprinkle on places that have been soaked with urine e.g rugs, mattress etc. Scrub out and allow for drying.
How to Stop Bedwetting
1. Manage Daytime Fluid Intake And Urination
Work with your child to make a habit of urinating every two or three hours during the day, even when they don’t feel the need. Have them urinate twice at bedtime — once an hour before they go to bed and then again right before they go to bed.
Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids early in the day, rather than waiting until the end of the day to quench their thirst. Children who participate in sports late in the day should hydrate before their practice or game, then try to limit fluid intake during the evening.
2. Minimize Discomfort At Night And Provide Easy Access To Toilet
Use a waterproof mattress cover and keep a clean set of sheets and sleepwear at hand in case a change is needed. Set a goal for your child of getting up at night to use the toilet. Help your child understand that it is more important to wake up every night to use the toilet. Make sure the child has easy access to the toilet and provide a portable if necessary.
3. Talk With Your Child’s Primary Care Provider About Medication
Some children are helped by a medication — DDAVP®, or desmopressin — taken as a pill before bedtime to reduce the amount of urine produced at night. Make sure you talk to an expert first.
4. Avoid Blaming Or Punishing Your Child
Bedwetting can damage the child’s self-image and confidence. The best way to prevent this is to be supportive. Parents should reassure the child that bedwetting is a common problem and try to avoid blaming or punishing your child. Remember, your child cannot control the bedwetting, and blaming and punishing will just make the problem worse.
If you or your spouse wet the bed as a kid, remind your child that mommy or daddy had the same issue and eventually outgrew it.
5. Enforce A ‘No Teasing’ Rule In The Family
No one is allowed to tease the child about the bedwetting, including those outside the immediate family. Do not discuss the bedwetting in front of other family members.
6. Encourage Responsibility
Have your child help in the clean-up process.
7. Make Clean-up Easy
To increase comfort and reduce damage, use washable absorbent sheets, layer sheets among waterproof bed covers, and use room deodorizers.
8. Monitor Your Child’s Bowel Movements
Constipation can interfere with the complete and efficient emptying of the bladder. Talk to your paediatrician if your child has troubles with constipation.
That’s it, if you’re looking for how to stop bedwetting in children, I hope you find this useful. Drop a comment if you have anything to share.