There are certainly a lot of different things that can go wrong as a child. One of the things that we may have to deal with in our children is bedwetting, a problem that may be much more common than you think. What causes bedwetting, how can you deal with it and what kind of effect will it have on your child?
Something that many people are unaware of is the fact that bedwetting is typically something that runs in the family. Although you may not have exhibited this behavior whenever you were a child, there may be a relative of yours that did so and this problem was passed on to your child laterally. Even if this is a problem that is passed on through genetics, it is also a behavioral problem that many children exhibit for one reason or another. You need to understand, however, that the child is not doing it on purpose or out of laziness because they do not want to get up to go to the bathroom during the night. Many times this problem occurs as a result of the child simply not understanding that their bladder is full and they may even have a dream which realistically lets them think that they are actually in the bathroom at the time that the accident occurs.
More serious causes of bed wetting could be due to a defect in the child urinary system, a urinary tract infection, or diabetes. If you think these may be causes for your child’s bed wetting, bring it up to your pediatrician as it may require immediate medical attention.
There may be several bedwetting solutions, more than likely, the problem will just go away on its own. As a matter of fact, 85% of all bedwetting individuals eventually stop without any treatment, whatsoever. If you are dealing with the problem and want to hurry along the treatment then there are some things that you can do. It basically has to do with either training your child to wake up when he has to go to the bathroom or training him to hold it until he wakes up in the morning. This is typically done by waking him up periodically with the use of an alarm clock and holding it for longer periods of time during the day in order to train his bladder.
You can also purchase a bed-wetting alarm. Bedwetting alarms attach to your child’s pajamas. At the first drop of urine, the alarm sounds off, much like a smoke detector. This piercing sound should wake your child up and instantly stop him from urinating in bed as a reflex to the alarm. However, one of the parents must bring the child to the toilet to empty his bladder before going back to bed. The bed wetting alarm approach may take up to 6 weeks before your child starts to wake up by himself to “tinkle” so do not get discouraged if your child hasn’t learned to not wet his bed in 2 weeks time.
There are also bed wetting home remedies that many parents find helpful:
- One hour before going to bed, do not give your child any liquids and make sure he empties his bladder.
- Have your child chew on cinnamon bark once day.
- Massage the bladder area to tone up the bladder muscles every night.
- Keep your child in a stress-free environment, especially around bedtime so using the toilet comes natural and easy.
- Monitor what your child eats before he goes to bed. Some have found that sugary foods, sodas, and dairy have an affect on bed wetting.
The psychological effects of bedwetting can be quite difficult for a child, especially if the parents are not very understanding about the problem. The best thing that you can do is to reassure the child that it is not their fault and deal with the problem as an adult. More than likely, it will go away on its own and hopefully be forgotten over time.