Bed Wetting - Everything You Should Know!

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Bed Wetting - Everything You Should Know!

Children achieve control of urine around 2-5 years of age initially in the day then at night, bowel or toilet training is usually accomplished prior to it. Any child bed wetting after five years of age should consult their pediatrician for it can affect the well being of the child.

This is of paramount importance because bed wetting may reduce the child's self esteem, prevent sleep overs with friends, fear harsh disciplining by the caregivers.

Around 6-12 % above six-year-old children are bed-wetters many of them are humiliated, beaten, teased or even punished after bed wetting. This increases their stress and cause more bed wetting, so it should not be done. Parents should understand that bed wetting is not the child's mistake and completely curable which should be expressed to the child also.

Bed wetting is commonly found as isolated problem in the night due to immaturity of brain-kidney-bladder-urine pathway leading to more urine production in night and deep sleep with difficult arousal, whereas day time wetting or urgency may denote other kidney/urinary bladder/spine problem.

Some times a child who was dry at night previously may again start bed wetting due to emotional stress, urinary tract infections, adenoids, diabetes, etc. Stressors range from simple things like arrival of younger sibling or beginning new school to serious issues like learning disability, poor academic performance, abuse, etc. So, let's seek medical help for bed wetting and help your child to be dry for a bright future!

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