Wetting the Bed – What Causes it and Options to Overcome it

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Bed wetting isn’t just for toddlers…

Often times people associate bed wetting problems with young children who are usually under the age of five years of age.

Yes, the majority of “bed wetter’s” are most likely to fall into that age category as some have not learned proper bladder control, or “potty” methods, especially during the middle of the night. Then there are those individuals, middle-aged and older children, even teenagers who wet the bed.

When this occurs, it is less likely an issue with purely bladder control or potty training, rather one that is possibly linked to enuresis. Exactly what is enuresis and where did it come from?

Enuresis is involuntary bed wetting which usually does not begin until after the age of five in children. Often times it is referred to as urinary incontinence. At the moment, enuresis has no clear clean-cut cause, but there are a host of theories postulated since it happens during the night.

Some theories assert that it is a by-product of poor toilet training or sleep arousal dysfunction.

Other experts theorize it is caused by genetic influences, maturational delay or someone other organic cause. And then there is the PANDAS hypothesis (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections). When PANDAS has been linked to enuresis, it is usually caused by the Strep infection which leads to a rapid onset of psychiatric disorders such as OCD, Tourette syndrome or other tic-related disorders.

Once the diagnosis is made, strategies are put in place to try and control the bed wetting situation. It may not be resolved or cured instantly, however protocols can implemented to make the situation more bearable.

There are medications that are sometimes used to relax and control the bladder muscles. The problem is once the medication is stopped, the bed wetting often times re-occurs. There are a variety of bladder training strategies that are also used to help individuals control their bed wetting.

Dry-bed training is one of the most common methods used. During the day, individuals are instructed to drink large volumes of water and continually hold it, stretching the “holding” for longer durations each time. By engaging in this process, it is hoped that the individual will strengthen their bladder control through repetition.

Some methods used to treat bed wetting involve conditioning to “sound” in the form of moisture alarms.

When the individual begins to urinate, a sensor which is attached to the pajamas sounds thus waking the individual so they can trek to the washroom and relieve them self properly. Research has shown that this takes roughly around twelve weeks for the child to master. It is basically a form of operant conditioning – a conditioning reflex.

Finally, if all else fails there is waiting it out and letting time and maturity solve the problem.

Research shows that after the age of five, bed wetting episodes diminish by as much as 15% per year. Bed wetting can also lead to feelings of low self-esteem, embarrassment and shame so it is also a good idea for a child who bed wets to be reassured that they are not “bad” for this unfortunate situation, and they should never be punished.

Furthermore, setting up an appointment with a child counselor could also be very beneficial to both the child and their parents.

An alternative approach to consider is a self-hypnosis download session you can check out here >>>.

Dr. Peter
Staff Writer
Free At Last Hypnosis

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