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Questions Children May Ask about Bed Wetting

Children who suffer from bed wetting on a regular basis are usually bothered about it and may ask parents some questions that need answers.

Just as children are filled with questions about just about everything that also includes their concern over bed wetting. Let’s take a closer look at some common questions children have concerning bed wetting.

What is bed wetting?

 

This is one of the first questions that children need answered. The scientific or medical word for bed wetting is enuresis and it means that you pee or wet at night while you are sleeping.

When do most children stop wetting their bed at night?

Bed wetting is very common among toddlers and approximately five million youngsters in the United States continue to wet their bed at night after they have passed the age of six years. Rest assured that if you wet your bed, you are not alone in this.

Why do I wet my bed?

Be aware that you are not to blame for wetting your bed. You wet your bed at night because your brain doesn’t awaken you in time to go to the bathroom to empty your bladder. Other reasons it might occur is because your kidneys are manufacturing more urine than they do for other children and/or you might have a very small bladder that will only hold a small quantity of urine. Also bed wetting is sometimes genetically linked. In other words someone in your family might have also had the problem. Wetting the bed can also be caused by a bladder infection so your parents might want to take you to your doctor to get checked out.

Is there any help for my bed wetting?

Absolutely there is. These are not guaranteed methods to stop the habit but they can help you. First of all limit your consumption of fluids before bedtime. Drink more in the morning and afternoon than the evening. Don’t drink beverages that contain caffeine such as chocolate drinks or soda pop. Have your mom or dad wake you during the night to see if your bladder is full and if you need to use the washroom. Trying using a special bed wetting or moisture alarm. This is an alarm that fits comfortably inside your underwear and if you start to pee in the night it goes off by either vibrating or ringing, thereby alerting you to the problem. Wear disposable underwear at night to prevent too many pairs of soiled underpants and also soiled sheets.

Why should I talk to my mom and dad about my bed wetting?

Your mom and dad love you and you can trust them with your concerns. If you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about this situation they will help reassure you and put your mind at ease.

Is there any chance that my bed wetting will not end?

It takes longer for bed wetting to end in some children then in others. However the majority of kids do outgrow it as the muscles of their bladder grow and get stronger. To use an example, there are only one or two kids out of approximately every one hundred who continue wetting their bed at night when they turn fourteen or fifteen years old.