A child who wets the bed is often one of the most common problems that parents can face and while it can be a frustrating problem there are bed wetting solutions that can help your child to stop bed wetting. It is believed that around 20% of all children up to the age of five will experience a bed wetting problem at some time.
This number gets smaller as children get older and by 10 years of age, it is closer to around 5 percent. Most professionals see bed wetting as a problem that the child will eventually grow out of and believe that children who continue to have a problem past the age of 10 may have some type of medical issue.
Bed wetting can be caused by a number of things with primary nocturnal enuresis will most like be caused by one of two things. The most common cause is a neurological delay in development where the child simply does not develop the muscle control it takes to be able to control their bladder.
Another is simply hereditary. Studies show that most children who wet the bed will have at least one parent who also experienced the problem as a child. It is believed that parents who wet the bed have at least a 45% chance of having a child who will also be a bed wetter.
Still, you have to be certain that your child does not have other underlying causes. Although development and genetics are the most prevalent causes, there is no way to know for certain without having your child see a doctor to rule out any other medical reasons for wetting the bed. I have listed several other causes for bed wetting in children that may not be genetic or delayed development.
1. Urinary tract infections can cause about 5% of bed wetting but there can be other diseases or infections that can also affect a child’s ability to control their bladder.
2. Abnormalities in their physical development such as a smaller bladder which of course means a diminished capacity for the bladder to hold the urine in. Your child’s bladder may just be developing at a slower rate.
3. Pressure on the bladder can sometimes be caused by constipation, leading to the need to urinate more frequently than normal.
4. Children who have an attention disorder such as ADHD will be up to 3 times more likely to have a bed wetting problem.
5. Beverages with caffeine, such as colas or coffee are likely to cause your child to have to go to the bathroom more often and of course if you give your child drinks with caffeine in the later hours of the day, they are more likely to have accidents throughout the night.
6. Your child may have a chemical or hormonal imbalance. If your child does not build up the hormone ADH also known as anti-diuretic hormone this can cause problems because this is the hormone that will slow down the production of urine.
7. Sleep disorders such as apnea where there is a disturbance in the sleep routine which can cause difficulty breathing when the person is trying to sleep. Some signs of this can be snoring or a sore throat along with bed wetting.
8. It may be possible that your child has a mild allergy to some foods and while there are no obvious signs of an allergy, it can be the cause of your child wetting the bed in some cases.
9. Stress or psychological issues can cause even adults to wet the bed. Several things that may cause your child stress are divorce, death of a loved one, being picked on at school, or even sexual abuse. Keep in mind this is by no means an exhaustive list, there can be hundreds of things that can cause stress in a child, so try to be aware of what ever your child may be going through..
10. Other stress related issues can be moving to a new school district or bringing home a new baby. There are times that children who didn’t wet the bed before can suddenly be overwhelmed and this can trigger a bed wetting problem.
Having a better understanding of some of the causes of bed wetting will give you some of the help you need to begin to learn what may be the reason for your child having a problem with wetting the bed. If you believe your child may have any type of medical problems or psychological issues, you should seek professional help because that will need to be addressed before you can really begin to see any results from traditional bed wetting solutions.