How to prevent bed wetting?
‘I feel so embarrassed and I get pale when I urinate on bed’
As an expert many times I hear this phrase and I must tell you it is not just you who is having this condition of bedwetting. This is so common and yet it can be controlled.
In this article I will tell you the real hacks and remedies which will make you understand not only what cause you to urinate on your bed but what strategies you can adopt to stop it.
Yes! You can completely control bedwetting if you start the right strategies that you will learn in this article!
Bedwetting simply means the involuntary and undeliberate passage of urine during sleep. Newborns and young kids experience involuntary urination and bedwetting is a common practice for them.
A huge number of kids attain their bladder control as early as 4 years old. It gradually starts by daytime bladder control then night time bladder control comes later.
First of all. You need to understand the factors which causes bedwetting in children
The stage at which bladder control is achieved varies much based on several factors.
Bedwetting is more common in boys
Gender is one of the most outstanding determinants of bladder control attainment. Prolonged bed wetting is more common with boys than it is with girls. Twice as many boys involuntarily wet the bed than girls. However, a huge percentage of these young boys and girl grow out of this practice naturally, as they get older.
Genetics also determines the condition of bedwetting
Genetics is also a major cause of bedwetting among children. Majority of kids who wet the bed have either a parent or a close relative who also had bed wetting issues in his childhood. The parents or relatives of such kids should talk to their kids and help them understand that it’s not their fault and they are not alone.
Some children take longer to learn about bladder control
A child’s development and maturity also comes in as determinant of bladder control and when bedwetting stops. The human brain slowly but steadily learns to communicate with the bladder while sleeping. These period takes a longer time in some children than others.
Emotional and physical health affects the condition of bed wetting
A child’s physical, mental and emotional health also causes bed wetting. Urinary tract diseases and defects such as a small bladder would decrease the capacity of the bladder leading to bed wetting. Psychological problems such as physical abuse, sexual abuse or a loss of someone close may at times influence bed wetting patterns. This is a major causative agent of secondary bedwetting. And also children with ADHD are twice as much likely to wet the bed than children without the disorder. Patients with neurological and developmental issues have a higher chance of wetting the bed than their “non-intellectually challenged” counterparts.
Some infections and diseases causes bedwetting too
Infections and diseases are strong determinants and commonly associated with secondary bed wetting.
10 proven ways to control and prevent bed wetting in kids
Various approaches can be employed to combat both primary and secondary bed wetting.
- Regulate a child’s fluid intake especially before bed. A lot of fluids should be consumed earlier in the day and reduce later in the day. The child should try to reduce or avoid carbonated drinks and caffeine later in the day.
- The child should adopt a practice of urinating right before bed. This helps offload the bladder and increase its capacity until the next offload.
- Encourage the child to adopt the practice of using the toilet as an alternative of just concentrating on getting through the night dry.
- Plan bathroom breaks. Plan a regular urination schedule for the child to use the bathroom within the day.
- Bladder stretching exercises – this may increase the length and volume of urine the child can hold
- Shun thirst overload. Give your child fluids, especially water steadily all day to avoid excessive thirst in the evening.
- Reward and encourage. Motivate and encourage the child for the nights the child stays dry. Don’t opt for punishment as this won’t help him/her learn. Conflict works in negation of the whole process.
- The child should have a clear and safe access to the bathroom. Get the child a convenient and mobile toilet if possible.
- Medications – should be recommended by a medical specialist.
- Bed wetting alarms
Bedwetting alarm is the most effective solution to bedwetting issues and the safest treatment method. Statistics have shown that bedwetting alarms are highly effective on kids above 7 years old.
The child will start waking up to use the bathroom or holding the urine in. once the child goes through the night dry for about three weeks, the alarm should be used for the next two weeks then stopped. If the bedwetting starts again, you can repeat the process. Normally, it takes at least 12 weeks of trying for the process to be successful.
Secondly- you need to know the causes of bedwetting in adults
Bed wetting in adults and children have some outstanding common causes. However medical conditions play a big part in adult bedwetting. They include
- Bladder cancer
- Enlarged prostate gland
- Genetics- bedwetting is a hereditary trait in most cases. Chance is that an immediate relative had bedwetting issues if you have them now.
- Kidney disease
- Medication side effect
- Neurological disorders
- Prostate cancer
- Psychological issues- mental and emotional stress
- Sleep apnea
- Diabetes- antidiuretic hormone imbalance
- Small bladder
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
7 proven ways to control adult bedwetting
Some strategies on bedwetting prevention for adult are the same as those for kids.
They include lifestyle treatments such as
- Fluid intake regulation.
- Avoiding or reduce caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Plan a urinating schedule.
- Empty bladder before bed even when you don’t have the urge to urinate.
- Establish a night time toilet alarm, preferably at midnight.
- Cushion your bed with an absorbent mattress cover.
- Bed wetting alarm. Works the same way as in kids. Placed in night wears. Comprises of moisture sensors that trigger an alarm buzz or bell that is meant to wake you up for a bathroom call. This is the most effective method of preventing adult bedwetting.
Bedwetting emanating from medical causes should be referred to relevant medical specialist for effective treatment.