As many as 8% of children wet the bed after they have been potty trained. This is a common problem with children from six to eight years old, and it continues for some up until they are around 11. It is more common in boys and in families in which one or both parents wet the bed as a child.
Bedwetting is not your child's fault. It is often caused because children child have a small bladder capacity, cannot tell when their bladder is full at night, or during stressful situations. It is classified as Primary, children who have never had dry nights, or Secondary, children who had previously been dry for 3-6 months.
What can you to do help your child until he grows out of this problem?
1. Let your child know that this is perfectly normal and that it happens to many kids his age. Let him know that it definitely isn't his fault and do not ever punish or blame your child for wetting the bed. Do not let anyone tease him about the problem.
2. Make sure your child uses the toilet immediately before going to bed.
3. Restrict any large amount of fluids, whenever possible, two hours before bedtime.
4. Take your child to the toilet before you go to bed and see if this is helpful.
5. Use a plastic mattress pad to keep the mattress dry and make changing sheets easier.
Thankfully, with night-time waterproof underwear available, for occasional or full-time use, keeping the bed dry and making your child more comfortable is easier.
Rarely is bedwetting caused by a disease or physical problem, but parents will want to be alert to any other existing symptoms, such as:
- Frequent urination along with pain which could indicate a Urinary Tract Infection.
- Frequent urination and thirst, a possible sign of Juvenile Diabetes.
- Bedwetting starting after a period of never wetting the bed, which could be caused by Stress from school, family issues or even some type of abuse.