Bedwetting is more common than we think. Unfortunately, there is a certain taboo on this subject, causing a lot of misunderstandings to circulate. Bedwetting children would be attention seekers. As a parent you are regularly told that the problem will resolve itself or that there is nothing to be done about it. Error, error, error. The following fables about bedwetting must always be out of the world for good.
Myth 1: Bedwetting goes by itself
Scientific studies indicate that every year a number of bedwetting spontaneously become dry without doing anything about it. Maybe that happens with your child, maybe not. The fact is that the longer you wait with intervention, the heavier the problem will weigh. Your child can become very insecure or even suffer from anxiety .
Myth 2: Your child is sleeping too deeply
Your child sleeps (too) deep, so the brain does not give a signal to urinate. Is not right either. There are plenty of children who sleep deeply, do not wake up for a pee and yet do not urinate in bed. From about four years a healthy bladder should be able to last for one night. Children who urinate bed, therefore, sleep as deep as children who do not urinate. Bed-wetting has nothing to do with deep sleep: urinating bed-wetting children in every sleep phase. The child who is bed-wetter often has a problem with his internal alarm clock.The signals that the full bladder emits are not strong enough or the child does not wake up and the bladder unconsciously empties during sleep.
Myth 3: It is a call for attention
The child who sleeps bed often has a distorted self-image , but this is the result of bedwetting and not the cause. The child does not intentionally urinate in his bed. Usually it can not do anything that it is not dry at night. A positive approach is very important. Go your childNever punish for the sake of bed-wetting. We repeat: never!
Bedwetting can be a symptom of a whole bunch of health problems, including urinary tract infections, kidney disease and the endocrine system, which increase urine output. As soon as you submit the problem to your pediatrician, your child’s urine will be examined for these conditions. Bedwetting can also be caused by certain physical problems around the bladder or constipation. In short: the problem can certainly have a medical background and is certainly not a behavioral problem.
Myth 4: Your child drinks too much in the evening
Most school children drink too little during school hours. When they come home, they drink large quantities, because they have to quench their thirst. This wrong drinking pattern can promote bedwetting. A good advice: make sure that the child drinks a lot during the day.
By drinking enough during the day, the child will have a limited feeling of thirst in the evening, which makes it easier to restrict drinking at night. Drinking one glass of water is sufficient to completely fill the bladder in a child! It is useless to ban drinking. Attention: drinking carbonated drinks promotes bedwetting. These drinks contain a substance that stimulates the kidneys to produce more urine.
Myth 5: The bladder is underdeveloped
The bladder is still immature or underdeveloped. Bedwetting in children aged four years or older has nothing to do with the maturation / development of the bladder. Children with this problem often have a smaller bladder than their peers, but certainly not a weaker one.