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How does bedwetting happen?

Although bedwetting may be a symptom of an underlying problem, this is not the case with most children. In fact, an underlying problem only plays a role in 1% of cases! This does not mean that your child deliberately wets the bed in all other cases. It hardly ever happens that children deliberately pees the bed or that they are ‘lazy’. Usually, a developmental problem is the cause of bedwetting.

Type of bedwetting problems

There are two types of bedwetting: primary or secondary. Primarily, your child has been wetting his or her life in bed without being dry. When your child has been dry for a period of at least 6 months and starts peeing the bed again, we refer to that as secondary bedwetting.

What causes bedwetting amongst children?

How does bedwetting occur (primary)

If your child suffers from primary bedwetting, this can have multiple causes. Below you will find some of the most common causes:

  • The child can’t hold their pee the whole night
  • The child does not wake up when the bladder is full
  • The child produces a large amount of urine at night
  • The kid doesn’t handle going to the bathroom well. Many children ignore the urge to pee until it is too late. Clear signals of this are that the child crosses his or her legs, moves nervously or, for example, keeps his or her hands on their crotch.

How does bedwetting occur (secondary)

If your child suffers from secondary bedwetting, it is more likely that there is an underlying problem. You might consider a physical or emotional problem. Below is an overview of causes we see in secondary bedwetting.

  • Infection of the urinary tract: does your child develop the urge to urinate quickly or are they often peeing the bed? Then a urinary tract infection might be the cause. It is also possible that the infection itself is a symptom of another underlying problem.
  • Diabetes: people with diabetes have high sugar levels. Because the sugar level is higher, the body produces more urine to get rid of the residual waste.
  • Neurological problems: abnormalities in the nervous system can cause your child to receive signals from a full bladder less easily.
  • Emotional problems: A stressful home situation where, for example, parents have a lot of conflicts with one another, can be a cause of bedwetting. Major changes such as moving, a new baby or starting a new school can also be a cause of bedwetting.

Bedwetting may also be a genetic problem

Did you know that bedwetting is a hereditary problem? That’s why bedwetting often occurs in several people in a family. One benefit of this is that you can discuss the subject more easily! After all, you probably have experience with this yourself!

What to do about bedwetting

If you know that there is no medical problem at the heart of the bedwetting problem, the bedwetting alarm is an amazingly effective method to address it! The Dryly bedwetting alarm is designed so that you and your child go on the adventure together. Together with Wizzu the panda bear stuffed toy you go in search of dry nights. By adhering to the therapy, you earn points that can be used to personalize Wizzu!

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