Nocturnal enuresis, also called Bedwetting, is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control usually begins.Bedwetting in children and adults can result in emotional stress. Complications can include urinary tract infections.Other names includes:Nighttime urinary incontinence, sleepwetting, bedwetting.Bedwetting is commonly associated with a family history of the condition. Bedwetting is the most common childhood complaint.Most bedwetting is a developmental delay not an emotional problem or physical illness. Only a small percentage (5 to 10%) of bedwetting cases have a specific medical cause.
Here are a list of ways you can help stop your child from bedwetting
1. Stick to a bedtime routine.
Overcoming bedwetting is often a matter of agreement between the bladder and the brain; make this possible by sticking to a routine so that your child’s body “learns” to hold urine during specified times.
2. Avoid cold.
Feeling cold can increase the need to urinate, so make sure your child is warm enough while sleeping.
3. Visit the bathroom right before bed.
Encourage your child to empty his or her bladder immediately before bedtime. This will reduce the likelihood of a full bladder overnight.
4. Pay attention to what your child eats.
Certain foods may cause allergic reactions in your child, even if they do not produce a rash or other external signs, or may irritate the bladder or otherwise increase the odds of an accident. If your child is struggling to stay dry at night, consider keeping a food journal and noting any correlation between certain foods and nighttime accidents.
Particular culprits seem to be spicy and acidic foods, which can irritate the bladder, and milk and other dairy products, which can cause sleepiness and make it harder to wake up when the bladder is full.
6. Consider waking your child during the night.
Until your child learns to wake up and go to the bathroom when his or her bladder is full, you might set an alarm and interrupt his or her sleep purposefully.
7. Make sure your child gets enough calcium and magnesium.
Some experts believe low levels of calcium and magnesium may contribute to bedwetting. In addition to dairy products, calcium and magnesium are found in bananas, sesame seeds, beans, fish, almonds, and broccoli.
8. Lastly, Who When To See Your Doctor
Bedwetting is usually normal and does not typically need to be addressed by a physician. However:
- See a pediatrician if your child is older than seven years old and still wetting the bed. A pediatrician can help rule out other causes (including urinary tract and bladder infections) and give you advice for helping your child stay dry.
- See a pediatrician if your child is older than five years old and still having accidents during the daytime as well as at night. By five years old, most children should be able to control urination. If yours can’t yet, see a pediatrician to rule out physical causes and get advice for treatment, but be aware that this problem can be genetic: you may simply have to wait it out.
- See a pediatrician and/or a child psychologist if your child begins to wet the bed again after a long period of dry nights. Under these circumstances, bedwetting may be linked to trauma or stress: the death of someone close to the child, divorce of his or her parents, the arrival of a new baby, or anything else frightening or disruptive.