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BedWetting Part II

Thu, Jul 9, 2009

Bed Wetting IIParasomnias

Common knowledge about bedwetting

  • Bedwetting is an involuntary action of the bladder. Children do not wet their beds deliberately. They just can’t control the flow of urine from their bladder while asleep.
  • Almost all children wet their beds until their bodies learn to control the bladder.
  • Bedwetting until the age of 5 or 6 is considered a common occurrence and it shouldn’t considered a problem.
  • Bedwetting is not a disease. It is just an unfortunate situation that affects children, not only physically, but mentally as well.

Is bedwetting a problem for our kids? Yes it is! 

  • Bedwetting doesn’t produce any physically pain, other than a discomfort after awakening. However, but the children who suffer from bedwetting might also suffer from emotionally.
  • This is mostly because of the shame associated with bedwetting.
  • Some children may even suffer from the punishments they receive from their parents who are not educated enough to understand bedwetting consequences.
  • Teasing or punishing your kids will only hurt their feelings and/or harm their self-esteem preventing them from stopping bedwetting.  
  • Another big problem with bedwetting is preventing your kids from participating in different social activities, such as sleepover and/or overnight trips.  
  • Involuntary urination disorder, with its rare occurrence, is also adding a considerable discomfort in the children’s social life.

How can you help your kids to stop bedwetting?
Bedwetting can be easily cured. Most of the time, the best cure is time. There are several steps, which parents can do to reduce their children bedwetting.

  • Limit fluid consumption several hours before children’s bedtime.
  • Advice your children to go to a washroom before going to bed.
  • If bedwetting occurs, it is advisable to wake them up at least once during the night just to empty their bladder.
  • Bedwetting can be also elevated with a room temperature when it drops below comfortable level, especially if thermostat is not programmed properly. Make sure your kids are dressed in warm clothing.
  • There is nothing wrong if you convince your children to wear diapers during the night, just to reduce their embarrassment in the morning and prevent them from wetting the bed.
  • If your children suffer from bedwetting, it is better to consult your family doctor to detect any underlying causes. He may decide to prescribe a hormonal supplement to compensate insufficient level of anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). He may also explain what kind of exercises your kid can do to strengthen his or her bladder.  

Watch video: Parents TV Bedwetting Woes

It’s a common problem, but bedwetting can be embarrassing for your child and a hassle for you. Parents TV’s Anne Ebeling talks to the urologist about why it happens and how to handle it.  

Medications for bedwetting

Desmopressin acetate, a synthetic analogue of the antiduretic hormone vasopressin, increases renal (kidney) tubular reabsorption of water, resulting in decreased urine output. It is effective in 60 percent of children with the highest success rate in those with primary monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis. It can be taken as a pill or a nasal spray, and used either nightly or as needed for special occasions such as sleepovers, camp and vacation, provided its efficacy has been demonstrated prior to the event (by Diane K. Newman, RNC, MSN, CRNP, FAAN).

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