Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

What is Bedwetting?

Bedwetting is a common issue in children and adults. It can be caused by a number of things. This blog post will discuss the causes, treatments, and statistics for bedwetting.

What is bedwetting?

Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is the condition where a person has the sudden need to urinate during sleep due to pressure from their urinary bladder.

Another cause for bedwetting might be urinary tract infections. The bulk of bedwetting is a delay in growth, not a mental disorder or physical illness. Just a limited number of bedwetting cases (5 to 10 percent) have a particular medical reason. In this CBT article, we will discuss bedwetting and its possible causes.

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Causes and frequency: Bedwetting is a widespread phenomenon, especially in the preschool period. While approximately 3% of 3-year-olds can wet their beds at night, this percentage declines in 5-year-olds and 10-year-olds. Although this is a common problem, parents are among the most worried. Etiologic factors include sleep quality, lack of bladder capacity, food allergies, developmental delays, and genetic factors. (Cohen, 1975).

To diagnose bedwetting, the child must be over 5 years of age, and behavior should occur in inappropriate places (bed, clothes) and at least twice a week for 3 months. If peeing is due to a medical condition or depends on drug use, it may not be enuresis. Before receiving psychological help on this subject, doctors should investigate whether the condition is a physiological one or not. Even though night voiding is not a symptom of a psychopathological disorder, secondary emotional and behavioral problems and environmental reactions may cause psychological disorders. Bedwetting is a form of developmental retardation, and this situation may harm the child’s self-confidence.

How to Reduce Bedwetting?

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  • You need a calendar to keep the child wet or dry. This calendar should indicate whether the child wakes up each morning wet or dry. On dry mornings, the family should encourage the child.
  • The child should go to the toilet before going to sleep at night.
  • Access to the toilet should be easy for the child, and clothes should be easy to remove.
  • The child should be woken up at night and taken to the toilet.
  • Increase your fluid intake before going to sleep and cut back on liquids for a few hours before going to bed.
  • Eliminate caffeine from your diet as it stimulates urine production at night and increases frequency of nighttime trips to the bathroom. 
  • Identify foods that may irritate your stomach which can lead to an overproduction of fluids in the intestines, resulting in increased motion and water consumption during sleep leading to accidents- examples include dairy products, artificial sweeteners, gluten-containing grains, etc.

Last Updated on October 22, 2021 by Patric Johnson

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