In order to understand bedwetting problems in children, it is important to analyze the different causes/factors that may cause bedwetting. Bedwetting in children is not something they do voluntary; it has nothing to do with reluctance or laziness. Bedwetting also has nothing to do with emotional disorders, learning difficulties and/or behavioral disorders. In this blog we will discuss some reasons for bedwetting.
Physical factors for bedwetting
The capacity of the bladder
One of the reasons for bedwetting can be a ‘small bladder‘. When we talk about a ‘small bladder’ it’s actually about the fact that the bladder empties prematurely, without the child being able to do anything about it as they sleep. An overactive bladder can also occur during the day: Your child then has to go to the toilet more often or has some urine leakage, which is visible in the underpants. It is best to let your child go to the toilet often and not let the urine hold up unnecessarily.
Sleeping too deeply
Another common reason for bedwetting has to do with a child’s sleep routine. It is not the depth of sleep that causes problems for children with enuresis, but rather the ability to wake up easily when they feel the need to urinate. It is not recommended to wake up children at night, because they need their sleep to promote their growth and their emotional and psychomotor development.
A hormone deficiency is also a reason for bedwetting. When we sleep, we secrete an antidiuretic hormone that slows down the urine production by the kidneys, this means we don’t have to go to the bathroom at night. Sometimes there is too little of this hormone present in children and that can be a cause of the bedwetting.
Certain events, whether or not related to the family (divorce, birth, moving house, change of school, problems at school, etc.), can have an impact on the child and manifest themselves in nocturnal enuresis . The problem may also be hereditary. It has been established that if one of the parents was struggling with enuresis during childhood, there is a 44% chance that the child will also suffer from it. If both parents had enuresis, this percentage rises to 77%.