Why Does Bedwetting Occur?Some of the reasons your child might wet the bed:
● Genetic factors
● Stress or anxiety
● Difficulties with waking up to use the toilet
● Physical factors (i.e., hormonal issues, a small bladder, etc.)
● Attention and hyperactivity disorders
The Link Between Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and BedwettingPhysician Elizabeth Harstad, M.D., M.P.H., Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital says that enuresis is three times more likely to occur in children who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder than in children who do not have symptoms of attention disorders. Children with attention disorders may be a bit slower in developing certain bodily processes that are involved in bladder control. But don’t worry – over time, most children with attention disorders catch up and stop wetting the bed at some point.
Anxiety: A Common Cause of Bedwetting in Older Children
Tips for Supporting Your ChildRegardless of the reasons behind it, it’s crucial to support your child as much as possible, no matter how frustrated you both might feel about the bedwetting. Realize that most children are embarrassed and upset when they wet the bed, and if your child is already struggling with anxiety or symptoms of attention disorders, it’s important to remain calm and show your love and support. You might not always be able to prevent it but taking certain steps to support your child may help reduce the likelihood of bedwetting. Some of the things you can do include:
● Incorporate relaxation and mindfulness into your child’s daily routine. Mindfulness means noticing and accepting what is happening at the moment without judgment or trying to change things. Studies have shown that mindfulness and relaxation can help reduce stress and anxiety and help your child better manage their emotions.
● Refrain from giving your child too much to drink before bed. Dr. Harstad advises avoiding beverages for 2 hours before bedtime and encouraging your child to use the toilet right before going to bed.
● Use a bedwetting alarm. This is an option that you can discuss with your child’s doctor. A bedwetting alarm is a special sensor placed into your child’s pajamas that provides a signal (by making a sound or buzzing) as soon as urination is detected. Some companies also make special underwear that incorporates the sensor. The buzz or sound should wake your child up so that they can go to the toilet.
● Use Brillia to help manage your child’s symptoms of anxiety or attention disorders. Brillia targets and neutralizes a specific protein released by the brain during times of stress or anxiety, so your child can stay calmer, less stressed and more able to focus.
● Practice bladder training by asking your child to try to hold their urine for gradually longer periods of time during the day.
● Cover your child’s mattress with a mattress protector to make it easier to clean up in the middle of the night.
● Make your child’s bedroom an anxiety-free space. Consider using relaxing essential oils, decorating in soothing colors and keeping things neat and organized.
● Remind your child that it is OK to use the bathroom at night. You might also consider placing nightlights along the path from your child’s bedroom to the bathroom to help them feel more secure and safe when it’s dark.
● Consult your child’s physician, especially if bedwetting is accompanied by other troublesome symptoms such as painful urination or unusual thirst.