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4 Reasons Not To Ignore Bedwetting

July 27, 2017 2 min read

1.  New onset bedwetting should always be evaluated.

Physical problems such as diabetes, urinary tract infection, constipation, and sleep apnea should be ruled out by your pediatrician. A simple urine test can detect diabetes or urinary tract infection. Constipation can put pressure on the bladder, causing it to hold less urine at a time and causing it to ignore messages that come from the brain. A change in diet, picky eating, not drinking enough and not taking time to have a bowel movement can all contribute to constipation.

2.  By the time a child is 5-6, they should be having dry nights.

There are effective treatments available so you do not have to wait years for your son or daughter to stop. Bedwetting alarms work by sensing the wetness and alerting the child and family when the wetting occurs. This enables him or her to make the brain/bladder association. If constipation is a problem, it can be treated simultaneously with your health care provider's guidance.

3.  Parents who had bedwetting until middle school do not have to wait that long for their offspring to end bedwetting.

The older your child is, the more likely they will need help to conquer bedwetting.

4.  Self-esteem, overnight stays and quality of sleep can all be negatively impacted by bedwetting.

According to a study of 803 parents, all of these things are positively changed once nighttime dryness is achieved. A positive, supportive environment is important. There is no place for punishment, or ridicule. These things can actually make wetting worse. Your child is not wetting their bed on purpose and would like to stay dry if they could.

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