why does my child still wet the bed
Yet genetics only tells part of the story. Researchers have identified a number of factors that likely contribute to bedwetting. "All of these are debated, but each probably plays a role in some children," says Bennett, including:
Delayed bladder maturation. "Simply put, the and bladder gradually learn to communicate with each other during, and this takes longer to happen in some kids," Bennett tells WebMD. Low anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). This hormone tells the to make less urine. Studies show that some kids who wet the bed release less of this hormone while asleep. More urine can mean more bedwetting. Deep sleepers. "Families have been telling us for years that their children who wet the bed more deeply than their kids that don't," says Bennett. Research confirms the link. "Some of these so deeply, their doesn't get the signal that their bladder is full. " Smaller "functional" bladder. Although a child's true bladder size may be normal, "during, it sends the signal earlier that it's full," says Bennett. Full bowels press on the bladder, and can cause uncontrolled bladder, during waking or sleep. "This is the one that's hiding in the background," says Bennett. "Once kids are toilet trained, parents often don't know how often a child is going. [they're] out of the 'poop loop. '" Bedwetting: When Is It Worth Worrying?
Bedwetting that's caused by medical problems is genuinely rare -- 3% of cases or less, according to Bennett. , spinal cord problems, and deformities of the bladder or urinary tract -- all are worth mentioning, but probably not over. Medical causes of bedwetting are nearly always uncovered by simply talking to a child and her parents, performing an exam, and testing the urine, says Bennett. "The vast majority of kids who are wet at night have nothing medically wrong with them," he emphasizes. Children who have gained nighttime bladder control, then "relapsed" into bedwetting, are slightly more likely to have medical causes. Psychological stress (such as divorce or the birth of a new sibling) is an even more common cause, though. Pediatricians don't diagnose primary nocturnal enuresis (the medical term for bedwetting) until age 6. It's an arbitrary cutoff -- after all, 12% of children wet the bed at that age. "It's really only a problem when either the child or the parents start to think so," says Bennett.
Yes, you should be concerned if your seven year old is still wetting the bed. Concerned needs to focus on more than the involuntary release of urine at night. Since 1975, the Enuresis Treatment Center, has specialized in treating only bedwetting cases. We have treated thousands of children, teenagers and adult bedwetters around the globe, while tracking all related symptoms. Our extensive research finds bedwetting to be primarily a problem caused by abnormally deep sleep which doesnБt allow the bedwetterБs brain to respond to the bladder's signal. The genetically determined deep-sleep disorder results in bedwetting and more importantly produces a non-restorative sleep deprivation. This compromised sleep can also result in daytime symptoms; difficulty awakening, fatigue, memory difficulty, irritability, difficulty concentrating. Bedwetting is not JUST bedwetting. It is a complex problem that needs careful attention. Dr. Dixon writes that the bedwetting will improve over time. Parents naturally turn to their pediatrician seeking information regarding their childБs bedwetting problem around five or six. б Often the БMedical AdviceБ is to wait. б This is the worst advice you can get.
While the child waits, the enuresis can remain. Bed wetting can continue into teen years, almost two million 15-19 year olds continue wetting the bed. Even young child can begin to feel different, burdened by shame and secrecy. Suffering continues with emotional pain and damage to self-esteem, especially when it extends into the teen years or beyond into adulthood. б LetБs look deeper into the emotions of someone who suffers from enuresis: Individuals who wet the bed almost always feel the shame of being БdifferentБ in that they cannot do what it seems everyone else can Б keep their beds dry. б They can suffer from near debilitating fear of discovery, especially if they experienced daytime control problems due to the weak bladder muscle control that results from the disorder and is not the cause of it. An enuretic child, teenager or adult does not see his/her bed as a place of rest; instead it is a place they will fail. Parents call us in tears because this problem was dismissed year after year as БnormalБ as their child, now a teenager, continues to wet the bed.
College is around the corner. б Sadly, there is No guaranteed that someone will outgrow bedwetting, in fact after the age of seven, it is less likely. Over four million adults continues wetting. This number is only reported cases. This compromised sleep can also result in daytime symptoms; difficulty awakening, fatigue, memory difficulty, irritability, difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can increase as a bedwetter reaches adulthood. Many medical professionals misinform patients when they blame a small bladder as the cause of bedwetting. It is actually a RESULT of the bedwetting. Moreover, restricting fluids causes further underdevelopment of the bladder, as well as dehydration. б Rewarding a child or teen for a dry night only brings confusion and gives everyone the impression that the child has some control over the bedwetting. Parents seeking to understand what is happening may wish to visit our website www. nobedwetting. com and find a great deal of information. Regards, Lyle Danuloff, Ph. D. The Enuresis Treatment Center 248-785-1199
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