Bed-wetting the basics
Bed-wetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is a problem for many school age children and their families. The good news is that for many, they will grow out of it, and for the persistent bed-wetters, the problem can usually be fixed by fairly simple treatment.
Bed-wetting is a very common problem. Most children stop daytime wetting by about three years of age and wetting at night (bed-wetting) by the time they are five, although most preschoolers wet their bed from time to time. At four years of age nearly 1 in 3 children wet, this falls to about 1 in 10 by age six, and 1 in 20 by age ten.
What causes bed-wetting?
Bed-wetting is not caused by laziness or a bid to get attention. It is something that your child has no control over. Often bed-wetting runs in the family, so if you or your partner wet the bed as a child, you may find that your children are similarly inclined.
- Bed-wetting happens when your child doesn’t wake in the night despite a full bladder. At a certain point the bladder will empty.
- Bed-wetters are often heavy sleepers who are hard to rouse from sleep.
- Due to the low level of a hormone that controls urine output overnight, some bed-wetters produce more urine at night than they should.
- Some bed-wetters have small bladders that cannot hold a large volume of urine overnight without having to be emptied.
- tells the kidneys to make less urine at night
- tells the bladder when to empty
- help clean the blood
- get rid of waste as urine
- holds the urine until a suitable time to get rid of it
- tells the brain when the bladder is full
- may empty by itself if the brain doesn't wake up your child at night
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