4 Causes of Bedwetting
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What causes your child to wet the bed? Check out this video to learn the top 4 causes of bed wetting. It's not your child's fault!
Transcript: If your 6 year old is still wetting the bed, you're probably wondering if something is wrong. While...
If your 6 year old is still wetting the bed, you're probably wondering if something is wrong. While most young children occasionally wet the bed while they're getting the hang of toilet training, some kids take longer than others to stay dry through the night. Why? There's no ONE reason, but in most cases a child's bladder is simply too small to make it through the night without urinating. PLUS they don't wake up when they have to go. Bed wetting can also be a sign that a hormone called vasopressin, which regulates urine production during sleep, isn't fully functioning yet. If a child doesn't have enough vasopressin, he'll make excess urine at night. And with a small bladder, that can cause bed wetting. Sometimes-- if a child has been dry through the night for at least 6 months and THEN starts wetting the bed AGAIN--it's a sign of emotional upset. Changing schools, a divorce, being bullied, or a new sibling are common triggers. Bedwetting can VERY RARELY be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as a urinary tract infection, constipation or damage to bladder nerves. Your pediatrician can help eliminate these possibilities. Remember, almost all kids simply outgrow bedwetting, BUT it can take time AND patience. For more information on managing bed wetting see the other videos in this series.More »
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Your child stays dry all day , but at night, bye, bye bladder control.. Take this survey to tell us how you're helping your bedwetter get through this stage!
Last Modified: 2014-02-24 | Tags »
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Your child will likely grow out of their bedwetting phase, but in the meantime, you can reduce the frequency of wet nights. Helping your kiddo overcome the problem will improve his self-esteem and your sanity. Check out this slideshow for advice!
Last Modified: 2013-05-22 | Tags »
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There are several treatments for bedwetting out there-- but which ones work? Watch this video to learn if bedwetting medications work.
Transcript: By the age of 4, many kids can make it through most nights without wetting the bed. But it's not unusual...
By the age of 4, many kids can make it through most nights without wetting the bed. But it's not unusual to have OCCASIONAL bed wetting over the next few years. For perspective, 1 in 10 seven-year-olds wets the bed once a week. But whatever your child's age, bed wetting - also known as enuresis -- isn't fun for anyone. So, here are some ways to manage the situation. Non-medical treatments are the first choice. They include: *lifestyle adjustments, such as limiting liquids before bedtime. * using bed wetting alarms to wake your child at the first sign of moisture * and absorbent pads or underwear to protect bedding and keep your child dry. If lifestyle changes don't help, or the problem persists as your child gets older, your doctor may prescribe DDAVP (desmopressin) to decrease the amount of urine produced at night. Combining lifestyle changes AND medications can be very successful. For older children who still wet the bed or those who start after being dry all night for some time, the doctor should rule out infection, illness, changes in sleep patterns, medications, or emotional upset as triggers. If any of these IS the cause, then appropriate steps should be taken immediately. But often the best treatment for bed wetting is patience and understanding. Explain to your child that wetting the bed at night is nothing to be ashamed of, and he will outgrow it very soon.More »
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When you have a crying kid and a mound of wet laundry on your hands, you may feel frustrated and exhausted. But there are several strategies you can try that could help your child through the process - take this survey and see what you can do!
Last Modified: 2014-03-27 | Tags »
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Is it true that bedwetting is the child's fault? Get the truth behind this and other common bedwetting facts and fictions.
Transcript: When it comes to managing a child's bed wetting, it's tough to sort out what advice is FACT and what's...
When it comes to managing a child's bed wetting, it's tough to sort out what advice is FACT and what's FICTION. Let's get behind the truth about bed wetting and how to manage it. Perhaps the biggest FICTION about wetting the bed is that a child is doing it on purpose. The FACT is that between the ages of 4 and 11, kids' bodies make more urine overnight than their bladder can hold. Children with fully developed bladder control can wake-up when their bladder is full. But some kids' bodies haven't matured enough to develop that response, so they wet the bed. It's not the child's FAULT and bed wetting almost always resolves itself before puberty. Another FICTION is that wetting the bed comes from an emotional problem. The fact is that the overwhelming majority of bed-wetters do not have emotional problems. However it is a FACT that emotional trauma, such as moving to a new home, or divorce, can trigger bed-wetting. If your child has been dry through the night for at least 6 months and THEN begins wetting the bed-that's a big clue that emotional problems may be the cause. It's almost always FICTION that wetting the bed happens because there's something PHYSICALLY wrong with your child's kidneys or bladder. The FACT is that physical causes, while possible, are rare. However, if bedwetting is a serious concern, see your pediatrician to rule out infection or physical problems. For more information about wetting the bed, watch the other videos in this series.More »
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Studies show that girls are going into puberty earlier and earlier. Get the facts on early onset puberty and possible causes and consequences.
Transcript: Seven and eight year olds aren't supposed to need TRAINING BRAS. But more and more girls are experiencing...
Seven and eight year olds aren't supposed to need TRAINING BRAS. But more and more girls are experiencing the FIRST signs of puberty-including BREAST buds and PUBIC hair-- at 7 or 8 years old, earlier than the average age of 10. A 2010 study published in Pediatrics found early puberty was increasingly prevalent. About 10 percent of Caucasian, 14.9 percent of Hispanic, and 23.4 percent of African American girls had begun to develop breasts by the AGE OF 7. Although these girls ARE more likely to menstruate early, OVERALL the average for first menstruation is still about 12 and a half years old. Researchers have several THEORIES about what's causing some girls to develop early. Higher body fat is ONE possible cause, as is exposure to hormone-disrupting CHEMICALS found in household products - particularly plastics -- estrogen mimicking chemicals like BPA, and pesticides. Some studies have also found an association between early puberty and a lack of vitamin D, genetics and even the ABSENCE of an engaged biological father in her life. Researchers are only BEGINNING to study the consequences of early puberty. But initial studies SUGGEST several complications. Girls who have undergone early puberty and PREMATURE menstruation are at increased risk for osteoporosis, BREAST cancer, and shorter adult height. This is because they're exposed to estrogen for more years than girls who start puberty later. As they grow, girls with early menstruation tend to DATE earlier, have SEX earlier and even MARRY earlier than girls who started their periods at the average age. They're also more vulnerable to stress, LOWER self-esteem and depression because they are not emotionally mature enough to figure out how to handle their conspicuous differences from their peers or the attention they may draw from older boys. If your daughter seems to be developing prematurely, help her accept her developing body and BOOST her self-confidence. Make sure she TAKES part in hobbies and SPORTS, and doesn't use her early maturity as an excuse to withdraw. Praise her success in school. You can avoid many of the negative psychosocial effects of early puberty by celebrating your daughter's achievements instead of FOCUSING on her body. In extreme cases, there are hormonal therapies to slow puberty if it called for. Ask your pediatrician about what's best for your daughter.More »
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Your little girl isn't so little anymore-- it's time to talk to her about periods. Watch this for a guide to the conversation!
Transcript: To help your daughter understand what it means to get her period, you want to talk to her about menstruation...
To help your daughter understand what it means to get her period, you want to talk to her about menstruation BEFORE it starts. The best time is when you see her experiencing the FIRST signs of puberty, which include increased body fat, growing breasts, pubic hair and growth spurts. These changes can happen when she is as young as 8 years old, but more often occur between the ages of 10 and 13. When it's time to explain the BIOLOGY behind her period, you should give your daughter a basic explanation in your OWN words and SUPPLEMENT your talk with diagrams, books and websites. Feel free to go into as much or as little detail as you want. You can say something like this: about every month, one of your ovaries will RELEASE an egg. Around the same time, the uterus PREPARES for a fertilized egg by building up its lining. If the egg ISN'T fertilized by sperm-which comes from a man during sex-- pregnancy DOESN'T occur. The lining will be shed in the form of your period, which is when you'll notice some blood coming from your vagina. Remind her that this is perfectly normal, and that the bleeding will not hurt at all - it's how her body works. And tell her she'll probably get her period almost every month until she's around 50 to 60 years old. Next, discuss the practicalities. Just in case you're not with her when her period comes, you should show her how to use pads. Explain that she should always have some in her backpack or purse in case her period arrives unexpectedly, which can happen for the first couple YEARS of menstruation. Her period WILL vary greatly each month. One month she may have 3 days of heavy bleeding with cramps and bloating, and the next she may have 5 days of light bleeding with little to no symptoms. DON'T treat menstruation as if it's a burden. Make sure she knows that she's still able to participate in all her hobbies. Tampons can help make athletics easier, and she can relieve cramps with heating pads, baths, exercise and over-the-counter painkillers. Finally, make sure to ANSWER any questions and CLEAR UP any misconceptions she has. You are her best GUIDE through this potentially confusing time.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-18 | Tags »
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It's your job to help keep up your bedwetter's self-esteem in the face of the shame and embarrassment he might be feeling. Get some advice in this video.
Transcript: Children don't WANT to wet the bed. In fact, your little one most likely feels upset when he or she wakes...
Children don't WANT to wet the bed. In fact, your little one most likely feels upset when he or she wakes up wet-that's why it's YOUR job to make her feel better, instead of scolding her for something she can't help. Scolding WON'T keep bed wetting from happening, and may damage your child's self-esteem. Your best bet? Approach the issue with an optimistic but low-key attitude. COMFORT your child when she wakes up after a wet night. Tell her it's not her fault, and that together you can help her prevent it from happening. You can also remind her that MANY children wet the bed and that just about everyone grows out of it at some point. PRAISE her when she wakes up dry-you might even give STICKERS as a reward. But don't go overboard-your silence when the bed is wet could feel like blame. Keep bed wetting private. Tell her you won't discuss it with ANYONE without her permission, even with other family members. The respect you give her will boost her self-confidence. Encourage your child to participate in ACTIVITIES she enjoys; athletic or artistic skills can heighten her self-esteem. Don't keep her from sleepovers or camp due to bed wetting. It could imply that her LITTLE problem is a BIG, shameful one. Institute a "NO TEASING" rule at home. MOCKERY from siblings, cousins and even other adults can cause emotional damage. With your support, your child's bedwetting WON'T have a negative effect on her self-esteem and happiness. To learn about preventing bed wetting, check out other videos in this series.More »
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You can take action to prevent bedwetting. Learn about some possible bedwetting solutions in this video.
Transcript: You can't CURE bedwetting, but you CAN encourage your child to avoid wetting the bed. Try out these tips...
You can't CURE bedwetting, but you CAN encourage your child to avoid wetting the bed. Try out these tips to prevent bed wetting: DON'T give him much to drink in the evening. And completely eliminate sodas that contain caffeine. Encourage him to use the bathroom OFTEN during the day and evening, and especially before bed. Also, make sure he uses the toilet once BEFORE your going-to-bed routine and once right before tucking in. A bed wetting alarm, also known as a MOISTURE alarm, may help your child GAIN nighttime control. The bed wetting alarm has a SENSOR that you put in your child's PJs or on a pad in bed. If it senses moisture, it will go off, waking up your child so he can FINISH urinating in the bathroom. Moisture alarms ARE available in most drugstores. After several months of consistent bed wetting alarm use, your child will HOPEFULLY stay dry night after night. Of course, even with the best prevention, occasional accidents may still happen, and are normal between the ages of 7-10 years old. Only 1% of the time is bed wetting a sign of a medical problem. Generally, it's simply a developmental stage your child will grow out of and you can help him do it.More »
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There's a right way and a wrong way to react to bedwetting. Learn how to talk to your bedwetter about the issue without decreasing his self-esteem. Watch this!
Transcript: You wake up at 3 AM to a crying child. He or she has wet the bed...AGAIN. How do you react? First thing's...
You wake up at 3 AM to a crying child. He or she has wet the bed...AGAIN. How do you react? First thing's first- DO comfort your child. He's feeling EMBARRASSED, so reassure him that it's NOT his fault and that many children wet the bed. Don't make a big deal of it. DO clean up the bed with as little fanfare as possible, so your child can get back to sleep. You may want to encourage your child to use the bathroom again, "just in case". DO use positive reinforcement when your child has a dry night. But DON'T make such a big deal about it that your silence when he wets the bed feels like a scolding. As for other don'ts ... DON'T punish or scold your child for wetting the bed. That lowers self-esteem, potentially making bed wetting WORSE. DON'T keep him from going to sleepovers and camp. Find ways to manage the problem, using absorbent underwear or bed pads for example, so your child isn't teased or bullied if he happens to wet his pants.DON'T let siblings, or other children and adults, tease your bedwetter-shame and embarrassment are COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. Finally, DON'T use medication to treat bed wetting until you've exhausted all other possible methods, and DON'T give your child anything without your pediatrician's sign-off. Need more bed wetting advice? Take a look at other videos in this series.More »
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