Nocturnal enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting. It is described as involuntary urination during sleep. This does not apply to infants but to those who are already at an age when the bladder can already be controlled. This problem mostly occurs in children age 5 to 8 years old. In fact, it is one of the most common urologic problems that occur during childhood.
Causes Of Bed Wetting in Children and Adults
The most common cause of bed wetting in children is delayed development of the ability of the nervous system to process the feeling of having a full bladder. Moreover, genetics also plays a vital role. Children whose parents were also bedwetting during their childhood are likely to become bed wetters as well.
In adults, most cases of bed wetting occur because of medical problems, including dementia.
How To Prevent Nocturnal Enuresis In Children And Adults
Preventing the occurrence of bedwetting can be done with a few tips and tricks.
- When trying to get the child to stop his or her bedwetting, parents should try considering bladder training. This can be done by trying to get the child to try and hold his or her urine for a few minutes after feeling like they want to go and pee. Do this at least once a day to get them to get used to how it is to control one’s bladder.
- Try to keep from giving the child drinks a couple of hours before he or she goes to sleep to avoid bedwetting episodes.
- Junk foods and sweets should also be avoided a few hours before the child goes to sleep. This will also help the child avoid bedwetting occurrences.
- Try to get the child to use the toilet right before he or she goes to sleep. Insist that he or she pees when asked to do so before they go to bed. This will help relieve all the liquids from the bladder and reduce the possibility of bedwetting.
If all else fails, parents should not lose hope. In most cases, bed wetting disappears as the child grows. Parents may have to wait for a few more years before that can happen but the probability of it ever happening is very high. In fact, most children who reach the age of 7 do not wet their beds anymore.