By the time that you as a parent start wondering if bedwetting is a problem, you have a lot of experience in parenting. Yet we get a lot of questions about this subject. Rest assured, you are not the first and certainly not the last parent to be confronted with bedwetting! In this article we will tell you more about this topic.
Bedwetting is common and almost all parents have woken up in the middle of the night with their child having peed in bed. Is it a matter of changing the bedding and getting back to sleep, or should you do more research? What are useful tips and when do you follow these tips?
When does bedwetting become a problem and what can you do about it?
If your child is five years or older and still wets the bed, they are not alone. One in five children at that age still has the occasional accident. To give you a better idea: children of ten years and older have a 10% chance of having an accident once in a while.
In case your child is one of those five children who still suffers from bedwetting once in a while, you have a 14% chance of having no more accidents every year. This can be quite a long process if your child is unlucky. Another interesting fact is that only 1 in 3 goes to the doctor with their child to have it investigated further.
Fortunately, bedwetting can be treated relatively effectively so that you and your child can relax at night again. If your child is 5 years of age or older, treatment is an important thing to consider.
What are causes of bedwetting?
Bedwetting can have many different causes. Depending on the cause, there are different treatment routes. Most children suffer from ‘primary bedwetting’. This means that they have managed to stay dry during the day but have never managed to stay dry at night. Below we will elaborate on the most common causes of primary bedwetting
Some children are deep sleepers. As a result, the brain does not correctly process signals from a full bladder, causing an accident. By making the brain more receptive to these signals, you can take major steps in this process.
Low capacity of the bladder
If the bladder has a low capacity, this increases the risk of accidents. There are several exercises you can do to increase the capacity. As your child gets older, it is also likely to increase.
Urine output that is too high due to an imbalance in the hormones
At night, the brain produces the hormone called vasopressin. This hormone lowers the urine production, so you don’t have to go to the bathroom as often in the evening. If insufficient levels of this hormone are produced, your child has a higher risk of peeing the bed.
What to do about bedwetting
The most important thing is to keep communicating with your child and not to make it a taboo topic. Bedwetting is quite common. If you get to a point where bedwetting is starting to be a frustrating problem for your child or family, you can always contact a healthcare professional.
Is your child 5 years or older? Then the bedwetting alarm is one of the most effective ways to get rid of bedwetting. We have designed a bedwetting alarm where we focus on the positive. Each starter pack includes Wizzu the panda bear stuffed toy, a soft bear that every child will love!
The Dryly app is also part of the method. In addition to useful insights into the automatic pee diary and a message in case of an accident, your child earns points that can be used to personalize Wizzu!