What is bed wetting?
"Is your child completely potty trained during the day, but continues to wet her bed at night?
Or has your child been completely potty trained for a while and now all of sudden she has started wetting her bed night?"
If you answered yes to either one of these questions, you have found the right page.
First thing you should know is that you and your child are not alone.
Bed wetting is a common problem that affects 5-6 million children. At the age of 5 years, 15-20% of children are still wetting at night 2-3 times per month. At the age of 6 about 15% are still wetting and 10% of children over 7 year of age are still wetting. These rates go down only by about 15% per year without treatment. At the age of 15, about 1-2% of adolescents still wet at night.
Age of Child
% of Children still wetting 2-3 times per month**
Adolescents still wet at night
There are two types of bed wetting or the term used by the medical profession is nocturnal enuresis (EN-YOU-REE-SIS) .
Primary nocturnal enuresis is the term used when children have never achieved night time control and are wetting more than 2-3 times per month. Secondary nocturnal enuresis is when a child has been dry at night for 6 months and then begins to wet again.
Children wet at night simply because they have to urinate and there are many reasons why some children have to urinate at night, while other don't. Once, you and your child's pediatrician figure out reasons for bed wetting, you can decide on a treatment plan for bed wetting .
There are two major types of treatment options for bed wetting. They are:
- Behavioral Therapy
- Motivation Programs, Guided Imagery and Hypnotherapy are all form of Behavioral Therapies that can help with treatment of bed wetting.
- Conditional Therapy
- Moisture Alarms (or more commonly know as Bed Wetting Alarms), Retention Control Training and Night Lifting are forms of Conditional Therapy.
As a last resort or to provide symptomatic relief from bed wetting, your child's pediatrician may provide some bed wetting medications.
We also have a great selection of bed wetting products that can help you and your child to get through this.
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