Bedwetting, Another Part of Growing Up
Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, or nighttime urinary incontinence, is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control occurs. Bedwetting is normal for children between the ages of 4-7 years of age and is the most common childhood urologic problem/complaint.
Bedwetting has several factors that influence the longevity of it and that affect the age at which it becomes a problem. Bedwetting is more common in young boys and can be inherited, depending on the severity of the bedwetting. The most common causes of bedwetting may be a slower development of bladder control, hormones, stress or anxiety within the child’s environment.
One of the best ways for a parent to facilitate and help manage the stress coupled with bedwetting is communicating with the child that it is a normal part of growing up. By supporting and facilitating positive energy from the parent to the child, a bedwetting problem can be coped with in an appropriate manner. The practice of scolding or making a child feel ashamed about bedwetting will potentially backlash and create more problems. The best solution is to courteously remind the child to use the bathroom prior to going to bed and praise progress throughout the process.
If you are concerned about your child’s bedwetting problem, you may consider setting up an appointment with Dr. Snoy. Dr. Snoy can help evaluate the problem and potentially diagnose a proper solution. Please contact our office for an appointment if you would like to discuss the matter further.