Bed-wetting is an extremely common problem. It is also always normal unless your child has some other symptoms. If your child is younger than five years of age, then it is not really a thing to worry about. What is important about bedwetting is to remember that it is completely involuntary, that means, your child has no control over it and neither can he or she control it.
Causes of bedwetting
1. Body is still in development stage:
A reason for bedwetting is that the child’s bladder, brain and the nervous system are still maturing. The physical development of the body takes its own time and cannot be rushed to the stage needed for nighttime dryness.
2. Genetic factors:
If either of the parent had the experience of wetting the bed in their childhood, a child is more likely to experience it as well
3. High production of urine:
Another reason might be that your child is producing too much urine at the night. This may be because the hormone required to reduce the amount of urine produced at night is not produced in enough amount itself by the body.
4. Deep sleep:
Some children sleep so deeply that they can sleep through the brain’s signal of a full bladder and do not wake up to urinate, and so they end up wetting the bed.
5. Disrupted routine:
Bedwetting can also happen when your child is exhausted or has some minor illness. Stress can be a reason to wet the bed.
6. Medical condition:
Medical conditions like constipation and infection in the urinary tract can also be the cause sometimes. Uncommonly, bedwetting can also be a sign of diabetes.
Check with the doctor if the child has more worrisome symptoms.
There are a few practical ways in which you can help your child to stay dry at the night. Although, it may take some trials and errors to see what works best for your kid.
1. Child’s sleep environment:
Ask your child if there is any particular reason he or she does not want to go the bathroom. Ask them gently if they find an area scary at night or notice if the bathroom is far away from the bedroom. Let them know that it is okay to wake you up if they need you. Do not let them be in the dark if they are afraid of it and; put on a night lamp or a light in the hall.
2. Track your kid’s fluid intake:
Keep an eye on your child's fluid intake. It is important that they drink enough water. It is a myth that restricting the intake of fluids will stop them from wetting the bed.
3. Make bathroom stop a routine:
Imbibe a bathroom stop right before the bed into your child’s daily routine. If your child wakes up in the night ask him or her if they want to go to the bathroom. Offer to go with them if they seem reluctant. However, deliberately waking up a child to go to the bathroom does not help in bed wetting.
4. Monitor the child’s daytime bathroom breaks:
Notice if your child is drinking enough water and going to the bathroom regularly. If it is not happening, the child is more likely to urinate at the night.