Nocturnal enuresis, or bed wetting, is a condition in which your child cannot control their bladder while they are sleeping, and end up urinating (peeing) during their sleep. Bed-wetting is very common in children under the age of 6 years old, however 7% of 7-year olds, and 1% of 13-year olds still wet the bed. Generally children begin to stay dry during the night when they reach the ages of 3 to 8-years old. Unintentional urination at night is part of growing up, and a normal thing that each parent will encounter during their child’s development. Generally daytime toilet training is established well before a child stays dry at night. Each child is unique, and is toilet trained at their own pace, so it’s important to be patient during this time in your child’s life.
There are a few different things that can cause bet-wetting. First, your child may be a deep sleeper, and so when their bladder becomes full while they are sleeping, they do not wake up, and end up wetting the bed. Second, your child may have a smaller bladder. Third, your child may produce more urine at night, which usually improves as he or she continues to grow and mature. Fourth, bed-wetting can run in your family. Finally, if your child is constipated, the pressure of the bowel pressing on the bladder can cause your child to wet the bed.
Typically bed-wetting doesn’t need to be treated, it is something most children will eventually grow out of. Some typical treatments that your doctor may recommend include:
If your child has any of the following, it’s best to see your doctor:
– Dr. Christine Cesareo and Dr. G Paul Dempsey
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