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From 5 to 7 million kids wet the bed some or most nights with twice as many boys wetting their bed as girls. After age 5, about 15% of children continue to wet the bed, and by age 10, 95% of. Genetics: If both parents wet the bed until later ages, a child has a 77 percent chance of being a bedwetter. If one parent wet the bed, the probability of a child wetting the bed is 44 percent. Bladder problems: Some teens have relatively small bladders that can’t hold much urine. Others experience muscle spasms that can lead to nocturnal enuresis.
There are four main reasons a child may continue to wet his bed beyond age 5. Mom and/or Dad were bedwetters. If both parents wet the bed as kids, there’s a 77 percent chance a child will do the same. If only one parent was a bedwetter, the probability a child will follow suit is around 44 percent.
If your child continues to wet the bed despite your best efforts, visit your pediatrician. He or she can examine your child to determine whether there is another medical issue causing the bedwetting, prescribe bedwetting medication for children or refer you to a specialist who will have deeper insight into the issue. Here is what you can do to minimise the damage: • Invest in a mattress protector to minimise damage to your child’s bed. • If your child does wet their bed, help them clean up and put him back to bed. • Protect your child’s dignity and don’t make fun of the situation. • Avoid punishing your child and placing any unnecessary. Children whose sleep is disturbed by snoring, television or pets, and children who are deep sleepers are more likely to wet the bed. Stress or life changes.
Going through big changes like moving or a new sibling, or other stressors, can lead to children wetting the bed after being dry for a long period. Medical. When your child is older than age 7 and still wetting the bed, you might want to talk with your child’s primary care physician or a pediatric nephrologist or urologist.
The underlying issue is usually a bladder that’s not yet matured. Also, keep in mind that about 15% of children age 5 or older actually stop wetting the bed each year. Problem bed wetting is defined as wetting the bed twice a week on average.
To best understand how to help your child, it’s important to determine the cause of the bed wetting. Bed wetting may result from bladder conditions or stress and, in some cases, may even be a warning sign of child abuse. Bed-wetting isn’t caused by drinking too much liquid before bedtime.
It’s not a psychological problem. It’s not because the child is too lazy to get out of bed to go to the bathroom. And children.
Most doctors consider a bedwetting child to be any girl older than age four and any boy over age five who wet the bed. Bedwetting generally declines with age. About 10% of all six year olds and about 3% of all 14 year olds wet the bed.
In a very small number of cases, bedwetting can continue into adulthood.
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