I’s normal for babies and toddlers to wet their beds at night. They are young, after all, and are stil learning to control their bodies. However, as they grow up, you would expect them to do it lesser. So, we feel it would definitely be helpful if you knew about everything you need to know about bedwetting when it comes to children aged between 5-7 years.
We start by listing some reasons why your child might be wetting his/her bed.
1. Missing indications during sleep
While we are sleeping, our body sends us signals to know when the bladder is full. Usually for kids, the signals are not interpreted quickly enough and hence, they end up wetting the bed.
2. Small bladder capacity
Some children inherently have smaller bladders, which results in them having to pee at regular intervals during the day as well as at night. This could also lead to problems at night, when the child may not be able to wake up in time to pee that often.
Constipation sounds like a weird reason, but it is a recognised trigger for bedwetting in some children. This might happen because the constipated bowel “leans” on the bladder and causes the bladder to feel the need to empty itself. Here, it’s important to take care that your child is not constipated, as this might resolve the bedwetting.
4. Urinary infection
Sometimes, a urine infection can cause bedwetting. So, check if your child experiences pain during peeing or pees more often than usual. If they do, it would be better to consult a doctor.
There might be other possible reasons, like a hormonal imbalance, emotional stress or something similar. There are a few rumours regarding bedwetting - like how bedwetting is behavioral, that someone/something is to blame, that it is a serious condition, that forcing them to pee early will stop it, and lastly, that bedwetting can be cured instantly. All of them are myths and we urge you to not believe everything you read on the Internet without finding proof for it.
It’s important to understand that no one is to blame, especially the child. Bedwetting is not in your child’s control.
Here are a few things you can do in order to help your children through this problem.
1. Explain to them
Peeing in the night might be troublesome enough for the child without them even knowing about it. It is most important to make them understand what is happening and tell them that it isn’t their fault.
2. Encourage more fluid consumption
Encourage your child to consume more fluids during the day. This will improve their bladder capacity and hence, bladder control.
3. Be reasonable with your expectations
Bedwetting is something your child doesn’t have control over at this age, so be sure that you don’t blame them, and be patient and understanding with them.
4. Don’t be shy to ask for help
Many mothers and kids go through this, so you are not alone in this. Reach out to friends and other moms to help you get through this better. Also, always let you doctor know how your child is progressing.