Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis)

Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, as its names suggest, refers to emptying of bladder during one’s sleep. It is a problem that bothers roughly 1 in every 5 Australian children, worrying their parents, not only added laundry work, but more so in emotional terms for the children, feelings of embarrassment may be the source of low self-esteem, giving rise to negative social effects.

What causes bedwetting? It is a wee more complicated than that, current knowledge of bedwetting include,
  • Child’s inability to wake to sensation of a full bladder – there is no conscious control over bedwetting
  • Bladder is “overactive” and cannot store urine – this can be differentiated from the above if the child experiences episode(s) of daytime “urgencies”
  • Kidney makes a large amount of urine at night, exceeding the capacity that bladder can hold
  • Child is more likely to wet bed if either parent were a bed-wetter; child is much more likely to wet bed if both parents had this problem.
  • Bedwetting is very rarely due to disease, such as infection of urinary tract

Though many children eventually grow out of bedwetting, it would be advisable to seek professional help if,

  • Child is still wetting the bed at preschool age
  • Child is wetting pants during the day
  • Child had stayed dry at night for 6-12 months but then starts to wet the bed again.

Sydney Laser Health Solution can help your children overcome bedwetting, stop the embarrassment once and for all with latest non drug Laser Acupuncture techniques. In first consultation, please bring any relevant medical records/documents to help us eliminate problems such as urinary tract infection related incontinence. We would also like to discuss with you your child’s drinking habit – any detail may help, for example how much they wet? Roughly when during the sleep does it happen? What do they usually do before they go to bed?

More Tips on management of bedwetting,

  • Patience! Patience! Patience! It is not your child’s fault for what he/she cannot control.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself either, the fact that children wets bed doesn’t mean you are a bad parent.
  • Drink normally during the day, and night -restricting fluid intake before bedtime does not stop nocturnal enuresis – but do encourage child to go to the toilet before bedtime.
  • Praise the child for getting up for toilet at night.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks close to bedtime.
  • Chart and track fluid balance – frequency, volume of fluid intake vs. those excreted.
  • Use mattress protector
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