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A com­mon sleep dis­rup­tor is bed­wet­ting. It’s a nor­mal part of toi­let-train­ing but about 13 to 20 per­cent of five-year-olds, 10 per­cent of seven-yearolds, and five per­cent of 10-yearolds con­tinue to wet the bed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.


Most of the time, bed­wet­ting is not a sign of med­i­cal or emo­tional is­sues and it of­ten runs in fam­i­lies. If both par­ents wet the bed when they were young, it’s very likely their child will too. It can be very stress­ful. Not only can the child suf­fer em­bar­rass­ment and guilt but it can leave many par­ents feel­ing anx­ious and help­less when the bed­wet­ting con­tin­ues.


Although the com­mon mantra is that ‘bed­wet­ting usu­ally goes away on its own’, while it’s hap­pen­ing it can have a dam­ag­ing ef­fect on a child’s self­es­teem, so knock­ing it on its head as soon as pos­si­ble is wise. There are many ‘treat­ments’ for bed­wet­ting like lim­it­ing liq­uids be­fore bed, wak­ing the child in the mid­dle of the night to pee and so on, but of­ten to lit­tle ef­fect.


Re­search in­di­cates that most cases of bed­wet­ting can be re­solved by tack­ling

‘Bed­wet­ting can have a dam­ag­ing ef­fect on a child’s self-es­teem’

con­sti­pa­tion. Even a child who ap­pears to poo reg­u­larly can be con­sti­pated, with­out any other symp­toms. Ex­cess fae­ces can col­lect and place pres­sure on the blad­der, which mostly trans­lates into in­vol­un­tary wet­ting while they sleep, but day­time wet­ting can also oc­cur. Even with a fam­ily his­tory of bed­wet­ting, it’s largely the con­sti­pa­tion that is the com­mon link and the bed­wet­ting is a symp­tom. Some­times the things we try, such as re­duc­ing liq­uids, only add to the prob­lem. Visit bed­wet­tin­gan­dac­ci­dents.com to find out more about this con­nec­tion.

» Hav­ing pain when go­ing to the bath­room

» Have hard, dry and un­usu­ally large stools

» Stain­ing un­der­wear with poo.


» Re­duce pro­cessed foods and foods like cheeses, white flour prod­ucts, sug­ary foods and meats, and make sure they’re get­ting enough fluid and fi­bre. Most school-age kids need at least three to four glasses of wa­ter a day.

» Some kids avoid go­ing to the bath­room, es­pe­cially if they’re not at home. Ig­nor­ing the urge to go makes it harder to go later. »

Stress can con­trib­ute to con­sti­pa­tion, it can af­fect how the gut func­tions and lead to con­sti­pa­tion or di­ar­rhoea. »

Ex­er­cise is a good way to get things mov­ing. It can be as sim­ple as play­ing ball in the back­yard. »

In rare cases, con­sti­pa­tion is a sign of other med­i­cal ill­nesses. So talk to your doc­tor if your child con­tin­ues to have prob­lems.

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