Does your child wet the bed – learn why?

Bed wetting by children is a very common phenomenon. Many parents fostering kids below 10 years (or sometimes till early teens) consider it as a fact of life. Bed wetting, or nighttime accidents, are inherited by child from his family. Experts say there is an 80% possibility for a child to be a bed-wetter if both his parents wetted the bed in childhood. He has a 40% possibility if only one of his parent wetted the bed.

No child wets the bed on purpose, neither he is too lazy to go to the bathroom to do his business, it’s just that the child who wets beds does not feel that his bladder is full, and he needs to go to the washroom. Most of the times bed-wetting is accompanied by a dream that the child is in the bathroom peeing. Children in the age group of 2 to 3 years start becoming aware of their bladder fullness and are conscious enough to hold it during the day time. Night time bladder-fullness control comes at about 6 years of age, but nighttime accidents happen till early teen ages.

Children who sleep deep are often bed-wetters – they sleep so deeply that their brain doesn’t respond to the signal that the bladder is full. Parents can check nighttime accidents of their kids by limiting their fluid intake 1 hour before bedtime and making sure that the child pees before going to bed. Many parents prefer to cover their mattress and sheets with plastic to avoid the long and tiring exercise of changing, washing and drying. Sometimes in extreme cases medication is also required to control this phenomenon.

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