Bedwetting or Nocturnal Enuresis is a lot more common in school age children than most people realise.
Most children will stop bedwetting over time or stop through some simple treatments and techniques.
Bedwetting can be genetic. A lot of families may find that if one or both parents were bedwetters, then it is
likely that the children will be.
It can be that the child has a small bladder capacity or that their kidneys continue to create more urine overnight, when usually urine production would slow down.
Sleeping very deeply or constipation can be factors in bedwetting too.
When to see a doctor?
• If your child is at least 6 years old and still wetting the bed. Medical intervention is not recommended
before this as it will often self resolve.
• If you or your child are troubled by it or you are punishing your child or getting frustrated.
• if your child wets themselves or has bowel movements in their pants in the daytime.
Treatment for bedwetting
Motivation can be very successful with bedwetting. A simple sticker or star chart as positive reinforcement
every time they have a dry night can work wonders.
• Your child should drink plenty of fluids evenly throughout the day. Restricting fluid intake later on in the
day is not shown to help bedwetting at all.
• Bedwetting Alarms are a very effective treatment. 80% of children will become dry through this method.
There are medications that can help your child to not make as much urine at night but this is usually only used after the other treatments have failed.
The last thing to say is that it is not recomended to put your chid in nappies at night after a certain age, as they will be unlikely to stop wetting while still in nappies.
I hope you have enjoyed this video!
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