Bedwetting is an embarrassing problem that many children face. It causes much stress to the child and the entire family. When conventional treatments are unsuccessful, a child may feel much anxiety and guilt over the issue. A child that wets the bed will often have lower self-esteem than those who don’t.
The Four Myths of Bedwetting
You should keep in mind that bedwetting is very common, and many myths circulate regarding this condition. Understanding the situation is the first step in knowing how to deal with it effectively.
MYTH #1: Bedwetting is Uncommon
Bedwetting is a common complaint among 5-7-year-old children. It affects about 5-10 percent of children during those years. It doesn’t matter the child’s race or economic level either. Genetics may play a role in the equation, though. If one of the parents wet the bed, then their children are 45 percent more likely to have the same problem. If both parents wet the bed, the risk increases to more than 80 percent.
MYTH #2: Children Who Bed Wet Are Too Lazy To Go To The Bathroom
A child who wets the bed is not lazy. It can be a problem where their bladder has more of a volume than what it can handle during rest. It can also be caused because they are such a sound sleeper that they don’t feel the proper sensations.
MYTH #3: Bedwetting is Caused By Stress or Emotional Turmoil
Stress has a significant impact on a child’s life. Though nighttime is when most of these issues are more apparent, it’s not the cause of bedwetting. Many children have a stress-free life, and they still wet the bed. In fact, bedwetting can cause the stress. A child may suffer from confidence issues and avoid social gatherings when this problem is present. Thankfully, the psycho-emotional effects can be reversed once the bedwetting stops.
MYTH #4: Children Don’t Outgrow A Bedwetting Problem
Almost every child who has a bedwetting issue will outgrow it. Only one percent of children will continue to wet the bed into adulthood. In most cases, there is a medical problem that needs to be addressed to correct the issue, if it continues.
Helping Your Child With The Emotional Issues Wetting The Bed
As a parent, you want to make sure that your child is healthy both physically and emotionally. It’s your job to help a child feel good about themselves, despite all their little quirks.
The first step for improving esteem is to deal with the issue. Your child should know that they are not alone. Tell them the statistics of other children with the same issue. Also, if you had the same problem, then talk to them about how it made you feel. Let them know that others are facing the same obstacles, so they don’t feel so singled out.
Bedwetting is out of a child’s control. Rather than focus on things that they have no power over, why not focus on the things that they do? What they can do is concentrate on a treatment plan and helping with clean up in the mornings. Helping will make them feel more in control of their situation. Keep the lines of communication open with them regarding this issue.
Knowing When It’s Time To Get Help
Parents know when something is wrong with their child. If you have gut instincts that tell you that a medical examination is warranted, then take them to the doctor. Also, if the bedwetting is troublesome, then a treatment plan can help them with the angst they feel. If your child is missing out on slumber parties and other social events, then it’s damaging them and hurting their esteem.
Is your child complaining of other symptoms along with the bedwetting? Things to watch for include painful urination and daytime wetting too. These symptoms can be signs of bladder infections or other problems with the urinary system. A pediatric urologist can help determine if an underlying medical problem is causing the bedwetting or if it’s an issue they will likely outgrow.
Be the constant shoulder to cry on and the voice of reason when dealing with this prevalent childhood issue.