BedWetting Part I

Wed, Jul 8, 2009

Bed Wetting IParasomnias

What is bedwetting?
Bedwetting is also called sleep-wetting. Its medical term is ‘nocturnal enuresis’, which means uncontrolled passing of urine while a person is asleep.asleep

  • People of all ages are affected by bedwetting, but it is mostly observed in young children, usually until the age of six.
  • Bedwetting is common in 60% of all males whereas 90% of them usually wet their bed almost every night.

Subject of bedwetting is usually avoided in any discussion due to a great degree of a shame when someone admits that his child still has a problem with his bladder. Study shows that bedwetting in children and teenagers is quite common. Read further to familiarize yourself with possible causes for bedwetting and how to stop it.

What causes bedwetting?
Several reasons could be responsible for bedwetting, such as:

Heredity causes:

  • It is common opinion that bedwetting is inherited.
  • If any parent or both of them wet the bed as children, there is a big chance that their child will also wet bed at night.
  • Chances of inherited bedwetting will be increased from normal one by almost 50%.
  • It is also known that the child will stops bedwetting at the same age, which his or her parent stopped.

Physical causes:

  • Study shows that when a child has a small bladder than normal, he or she is more keen to have bedwetting.
  • Another problem is related to the valve controlling urination.
  • Bedwetting is also associated with constipation in children whereby some pressure is developed by full bowel over the bladder.
  • A urinary tract infection can also provoke bedwetting.

Neurological causes of bedwetting:

Needless to say that in some children the brain development is slower than normal, especially when related to intentional control of particular functions of their own body.

  • That is why a child wet the bed because his or her body hasn’t gained an experience in controlling the bladder function yet.
  • In addition, children do bedwetting if there is inadequate formation of anti-diuretic hormone (ADH).
  • This ADH prevents the body from loosing water, which is done in the form of urine.
  • In fact, production of this hormone is quite high during the night sleep, however, it may not happen in all children, resulting in bedwetting. A
  • nother problem with insufficient levels of ADH is difficulty for a person to wake up in the morning.
  • This condition explains why bedwetting children are normally sleep longer.

External stress of bedwetting:

Study report that children being stressed are more likely to endure from bedwetting. That is why large number of children, being previously normal, all of a sudden start bedwetting during sleep. Numerous reasons could be responsible for bedwetting, such as:

  • Beginning school or moving to another school
  • Relocating to a new home
  • New child in the family
  • Conflicting parents
  • Being abused
  • Other reasons

However, there is no sufficient evidence to support the theory of external stress-related causes of bedwetting 

Watch video: Bedwetting

Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is a medical name for bedwetting, or the accidental urination in children who should be developmentally able to have control of their bladders:

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