WHEN YOUR CHILD WETS THE BED
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.
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?
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.
WHAT TO DO
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.
A NEW APPROACH
Research indicates that most cases of bedwetting can be resolved by tackling 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.
‘Bedwetting can have a damaging effect on a child’s self-esteem’