Bedwetting – Causes and Cures

Every night millions of families face the issue of bedwetting. Mostly children under the age of six suffer from this problem and sometimes it lasts right into their teenage years.
Medical practitioners are not very sure about the cause and how this problem suddenly stops. Most children normally grow out of it naturally and without any medication. It is not usually a sign of any emotional or medical issues.

There are two types of bedwetting, namely primary enuresis and secondary enuresis. In the primary bedwetting the child is rarely dry during night and continues to wet the bed at least twice a week for a year. As the child grows up and with good parental guidance most of the children stop the habit. Secondary enuresis is when the children start wetting the bed after a temporary respite of a year. Sometimes this continues until the affected child reaches their teens. Doctors consider hereditary traits as one of the causes for primary and secondary enuresis.

Another factor is the non development of a hormone cycle which consists of a tiny burst of antidiuretic hormone which should occur around sunset to reduce urinary output from the kidney through the night to prevent the bladder getting full. This development is not present at the time of birth and children normally develop this cycle when they reach two years of age. In some children this development occurs late. In some cases this hormone cycle never develops at all leading to frequent bedwetting. Find more info at []

Diaper usage leading to a very comfortable and dry feeling also makes the child unable to learn how to control the bladder movement while asleep.

Families and the affected children can become very stressed due to this problem. Guilt and embarrassment causes anxiety among the affected children when they have to spend nights outside their family circle or when they have to attend camps.
By reassuring the child that this habit can be cured easily and lending emotional support will be very helpful to the child to overcome this problem.

By reminding the child to use the bathroom one last time prior to their bedtime will be a good practice. Waking the child during their deep sleep is not a big help at all to overcome this problem, although it may provide dry nights as a temporary solution.