Dreaming of dry sheets: All about bedwetting
100% of us wet the bed when we're young, but less than 1% of us do it as adults. Yet, both children (of a certain age) and adults experience extreme embarrassment when it happens. Many adults forget the experience
and find it difficult to deal with bedwetting child - get the facts and learn how to help if your child is wetting to bed.
- Bedwetting basics
Medical term: nocturnal enuresis.
The most common urological ailment in children.
Primary nocturnal enuresis: most common type of bedwetting; children typically outgrow it.
Secondary nocturnal enuresis: occurs when the child has been dry for 6+ mos and begins to wet the bed again; often due to emotional or medical triggers (stress or bladder infection, etc.)
Top 3 fears of school-aged kids: 1. losing a parent; 2. going blind; 3. wetting the bed.
- Bladder control timeline
Birth - 1.5 yrs. No awareness of bladder filling or emptying. Bedwetting normal.
2-3 yrs. Ability to stop/control urination usually develops. Kids begin to stay dry.
3-5 yrs. Control of urination is typically achieved. Bedwetting usually ceases.
- Bedwetting by age
Percent of kids who wet the bed by age: 1 - 100%; 2 - 90%; 3 - 80%; 4 - 70%; 5 - 20%; 6 - 14%; 7 - 12%; 8 - 10%; 9 - 8%; 10 - 6%; 11 - 5%; 12 - 4%; 13 - 3%; 14 - 2.5%; 15 - 2%; 16- 2%; 17 - 1.7%; 18 - 1.5%; 19
By age 10 95% of children no longer wet the bed. Id bedwetting persists at age 18... that person will likely have problems with it throughout adulthood. only 1-2% of the est. 266 mm American adults w/incontinence
issues wet the bed at night.
- Genetics. Likelihood of bedwetting based on parents history
Number of parent who were bedwetters: neither - 15% chance; one - 44% chance; both - 77% chance.
In childhood boys are 3x more likely to wet than girls. in adulthood... women are 4x to 5x more likely to wet the bed than men, due to pregnancy and childbirth.
- How to help a bedwetting child
Alright! Another dry night! Yeah! Offer praise for progress: dry nights, walking up to use the bathroom, etc.
It's OK. It was an accident, and we're working on it. Don't scold a child for bedwetting. Let him or her know it is not their fault.
We can take care of this together. Ask them to help clean up accidents. While bedwetting is embarrassing, this can give the child some sense of control.
- When to see a doctor
Fewer than 3% of children who wet the bed do so because of a medical condition.
Children with ADHD are 2.7x more likely to wet the bed.
Make an appointment if: 1. your child is still wetting the bed at 5-6 yrs old, especially if he/she is concerned about it; 2. your child begins to wet the bed again after having been dry for some time; 3. your child's
bedwetting is accompanied by painful urination, extreme thirst, pink-hued urine or snoring.
80% of parents wish their healthcare providers would bring up bedwetting.
60% of parents said their pediatrician has never asked about bedwetting.
- Use statistics that a child can understand
Instead of saying: "10% of elementary school children have nocturnal enuresis". Tell a kid in a school of 300: "Lots of kids have this happen. There are 30 kids in your school who are working on this problem just like
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org.wiki/Nocturnal_enuresis; http://nobedwetting.com/parents.htm; http://www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/bedwetting-2/bedwetting; http://www.dryatnight.com/bedwetting-stats.htm;
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29244829/ns/health-health_care/t/bed-wetting-blues-millions-adults-suffer-too/#.TsvitbleOzk; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocturnal_enuresis; http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/bed-
wetting/DS00611.html; http://www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/bedwetting-2/bedwetting; http://www.nafc.org/bladder-bowel-health/bedwetting-2/bedwetting.