All About Bedwetting
Soggy sheets and pajamas, an embarrassed child; these are a familiar scene in many homes. But, don't despair bedwetting isn't a sign of toilet training gone bad it's often just a normal part of a child's development. Parenting expert, Alyson Schafer and naturopath, Mubina Jiwa breaks down why it may happen and share advice to parents.
Bedwetting is an issue for a lot of children, but most grow out of it. By age ten the majority of children make it through the night without a problem. It’s also twice as like to occur with boys than girls.
There are two types of nocturnal enuresis or nighttime urinary incontinence
Primary is when they have never been dry at night, but 75% of other kids are, ages four to five
Secondary is when they were once dry for extended period and have regressed back into bedwetting.
Kids can be deep sleepers and sleep through their bladder signaling the need to pee.
Immature bladder: As kids age their brains and bladder learn to communicate more effectively, at younger ages this may not yet have occurred.
Stool in the bowels can take up space and press on the bladder causing the need to pee. In little ones that are constipated this may impact their bladder control.
Researchers are learning there is a genetic link between your bedwetting and your child’s.
Some children’s bladders may send signals to empty before they are completely full.
A child might realize that wetting the bed can get them some extra parental attention, or that they can “get back at” a parents.
Stressors include moving to a new house or school, getting a new teacher, the birth of a sibling or family stress, like an alcoholic parent. Bedwetting can be the body’s response to these stressors.
How can parents help?
Don't shame the child
Normalize the experience and teach them how the body learns. The body will learn to hold urine and wake them up to use the washroom.
Decrease liquid consumption before bed, and make sure the child uses the washroom before bed.
Teach them to take responsibility
By teaching a child how to handle mistakes at night on their own it won’t seem like such a big deal. Layer sheet, plastic sheet and another regular sheet so that they just need to throw wet sheets in the laundry hamper and can get back to bed. A sleeping bag under the bed is another good solution.
Until they have success making it throw the night without an incident it’s a good idea to wear these underwear/diaper hybrids.