Bed wetting

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Bed Wetting


Happens to children under the age of 6 years who has a Problems controlling their bladders at night.

What to look for

It is usual for young children to wet the bed at night even if they know how to use the toilet. However there may be a need to be concerned if  your child is older than six and has never been dry at night. Then your child starts wetting the bed if he hasn’t done it in a while. bedwetting is not a willful act. Do not whatever you do, get angry or make the child feel guilty or ashamed because it will make the problem worse.

Before the age of 6 your child's body may not have developed enough to control bladder actions at night. Time usually heals the problem: children usually resolve these difficulties on their own by the age of seven.


Very rarely is it an infection, however, if you are concerned it is a wise idea to take your child to a doctor for a check up. The child may be consuming too much fluid before going to bed which could worsen the problem. Any new, stressful situation may cause a child to return to bed wetting, as can being overtired or sick., If your child does not improve, the treatments listed here may help. Traditional Treatments It is wise to go and see a doctor who may perform several tests to ensure the problem is only minor and is not disease related. There are three primary ways to treat bed wetting in an otherwise healthy child… 1.Waiting for impulsive resolution, 2.Employing behavioral conditioning, and 3.Undertaking drug therapy. Waiting, may make your child Nervous. However, if he/she is old enough to benefit from counseling, this may help him/her and the family Using a device with a sensor that detects wetness and sets off an alarm has been very useful. The child begins to identifying bladder distension with being awakened and in time "learns" to wake up before losing control.

Drug therapy does not work for long term problems, although it can help when he goes and sleeps at a friends house. .

Dietary Considerations

Sometimes bed wetting is related with food allergies. Try removing milk products, citrus fruits, and chocolate, the foods most often linked to allergies from your child's diet.

Personal Care

Allow the child to wear new pajamas to bed each night make his bed with fresh sheets everyday. If you are using an alarm device for behavioral conditioning, avoid heavy sheets and pajamas which can cause sweat, and can set off the alarm.  provide him/her with a smaller, rubberized, felt-covered pad that he/she can place over the wet area on the bed after an accident at night.

When to seek further professional advice

If your efforts to help your child learn to stay dry through the night is not working, your child is wetting the bed and usually has painful urination, dark brown urine, abdominal pain, or fever; these symptoms may indicate a urinary region or bladder infection. If your child encounters side effects from any medication he/she is on for bed wetting

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Exercise : Bladder stretching exercises may help your child increase bladder capacity.

Herbal Remedies: A small dosage of tea made from St. John’s Wort or Corn silk can help.

Mind/Body Medicine : Hypnotherapy has been helpful for some patients.

Traditional Treatment

Almost all children outgrow their bed-wetting habit.  As children mature, their muscles become stronger and their bladder capacity increases.  They tend to sleep less deeply and to become more sensitive to messages the bladder sends to the brain.  There are two approaches to treatment: Medical or Behavioral.  The medical treatment usually consists of the use of one of two drugs: Imipramine (Tofranil) and Desmpressin acetate .  Behavioral treatment is often more effective and certainly is safer than medical treatment.  While behavioral treatment may take somewhat longer to show results, the improvement usually continues indefinitely. 

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18