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Monday, December 31, 2007

Mom, I wet my bed again - The best way to deal with your child' s bed wetting

What is bed wetting?

The medical term for nighttime bed wetting is enuresis. It is the involuntary discharge of urine by a child who is 5 years old or above. This is the age when he is supposed to be able to control urination.

There are 2 types of enuresis.

1. Primary Enuresis is when the child is bed wetting his bed consistently for the past 6 months

2. Secondary Enuresis is when the child is always dry but has suddenly started wetting his bed again.

Possible Reasons why your child bed wets

* Bladder Development - His bladder may not yet be fully developed or may not have grown as quickly as the rest of the body. It may be too small to hold urine for a full night, or his bladder muscle is not strong enough to hold urine until morning.

* Hormonal - Some children may produce too little of the hormones that slow down the kidney's production of urine at night.

* Heavy Sleeper - Some children sleep so deeply that the urge to urinate does not wake them up.

* Hereditary - Bed wetting often runs in the family, If one or both parents were previous bed wetters, there's 40 to 70% chance that their child will also be a bed wetter.

How to Deal with Bed wetting

Actions for your child

* Avoid drinking liquids with caffeine such as cola and cocoa

* Cut down on chocolate, ice cream and cake at least 4 hours before bedtime

* Make it a habit to visit the bathroom to urinate before sleeping

* Make a chart to record his progress as soon as he starts having dry nights

Actions for Parents

* Take your child to the doctor

* Keep his bed wetting between the two of you

* Show support and encouragement instead of inflicting shame and punishment.

* Listen to your child when he needs to talk about it

* Be mindful of what your child drinks after dinner and help him track of dry nights.

* Wake him up from time to time throughout the night and guide him to the bathroom

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