The very word is upsetting to a lot of kids, particularly those who feel like they should be old enough to not wet the bed at night.
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Bedwetting is NOT Your Child’s Fault
Children who wet the bed at night aren’t lazy. It’s a medical condition known as nocturnal enuresis.
1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the U.S. suffer from bedwetting (according to a GoodNites brand study).
In fact, a study on bedwetting showed that children who were punished for wetting the bed at night were more likely to be depressed and had worse overall quality of life overall compared to bed-wetters who were not punished.
That just breaks my heart.
Also, researchers think the most important causes of bed-wetting are related to the physiology of nighttime urine control.
A child’s bladder might be overactive.
The child might produce too much urine during the night.
Or the child might sleep too deeply to awaken when he or she needs to urinate.
My son, who’s now 8, still wets the bed even though he’s been potty trained for years.
After talking with his pediatrician, we understand that Vman’s body just isn’t ready to make it through the night.
He sleeps so soundly and deeply that any signals his body might be sending just don’t wake him up.
As a parent, my biggest concern is that he’s embarrassed about bedwetting.
We have skipped several sleep overs and camping opportunities because just thinking of having to manage this issue makes him cry.
I can’t imagine how upsetting it must be to wake up wet every morning wet despite wishing and wanting to be dry.
His will is there.
His body is not.
And so the key for me as a parent is to be patient and give him the confidence he needs that just because his body doesn’t wake him doesn’t mean it won’t happen — just not right now.