What does bedwetting mean? First of all, it is important to know that bedwetting is not a disease and this means your child has no health problems. It is purely a slower learned nocturnal potty-training, which is common in children under the age of eight. Almost 10% of all 4 year olds up to about 15 years of age sometimes suffer from it. In the Netherlands alone we are talking about approximately 200.000 children! Bedwetting is most common in children under the age of 8
What does bedwetting or Enuresis Nocturna mean?
What does bedwetting mean in scientific terms? There it was given the name enuresis nocturna. This term is used to describe the disorder caused by involuntary periodic urination during sleep in children older than 4 years. 4 years is the age at which children from elementary school have the obligation to be potty-trained during the day so that children are also trained to control their bladder at night. It is estimated that more than 20% of the older children who go to school still suffer from bedwetting. Some children still suffer from it every night and with others it occurs less often or only occasionally.
Is enuresis more common in boys or girls?
Enuresis nocturna is diagnosed two to three times more often in boys than in girls, but the cause of this is not yet known. According to some specialists, girls gain the maturity to control their bladder earlier than boys while other specialists indicate that the natural action of stopping the urine naturally works better with girls than with boys. What makes it so difficult for specialists to make an exact science of it is that not every child develops at the same speed with other forms of learning. Think, for example, of talking and walking.
Different types of bedwetting
What does bedwetting mean in different stages? There are two types of bedwetting: Primary and secondary enuresis.
What does bedwetting in the form of primary enuresis mean? Primary enuresis accounts for 80% of all cases, and occurs in 20% of children over four. This percentage decreases as the children get older. We are talking about primary enuresis when the child has never stayed dry at night for more than six months in a row.
What does bedwetting in the form of secondary enuresis mean? If the child older than four has remained dry for more than six months during a certain period of time and then regularly suffers from bedwetting again, we are talking about secondary enuresis. In the rarest cases there are medical causes, with symptoms indicating the onset of diabetes, a urinary tract infection called cystitis, or a disorder of the kidneys.
The vast majority of the cause of bedwetting in children arise of a psychological nature and are linked to events that may have disrupted the child’s life. Think of causes such as family problems of which a divorce from parents is the most common, moving, going back to school, and/or the arrival of a sibling. The fact that a change in your child’s life is experienced as stressful can be treated very well with a Dryly® bedwetting alarm.
The bedwetting alarm from Dryly® has, in addition to a proven scientific method for years, improved the experience and feeling for the child to such an extent that it ensures that your child has a friend who will make sure your child will be less focused on all the exciting things that are happening in their life, but together with his friend Wizzu just focus on going to sleep and stay on the road to dry nights.
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