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Bed Wetting

Your bed wetting questions answered

Bed wetting is an irritating problem and happens mostly in young children. However, adult bed wetting is a concern for a small portion of the population.

Most parents expect that children who have completed potty training should be able to stay dry at night, but this is not the case. Occasional bed wetting is actually quite common in children under school age. However, frequent bed wetting after age 6 or 7, or renewed bed wetting in late childhood, adolescence or adulthood, can be a serious problem.

Causes of Bed Wetting

The most common cause of bed wetting in children is simply a neurological-developmental delay in the ability to control their bladders at night. However, a return of bed wetting in adolescence or adulthood may result from a number of behavioral factors or medical conditions. Family history may also play a part.

The most common problem is drinking too much just before going to bed. Due to the extended bladder, the person is more likely to wet the bed. This is precipitated by dreams of going to the bathroom. The person thinks he or she has gotten out of bed to go to the bathroom, but then wakes up to find that he or she has actually wet the bed.

Another cause is incontinence. This inability to control urination affects people of all genders and ages but is more pronounced in women. Other medical causes of adult bed wetting include diabetes, urinary tract infection, urinary tract stones, prostate enlargement, bladder cancer, obstructive sleep apnea and neurological disorders.

Psychological and emotional problems can also lead to bed wetting. A return to bed wetting in late childhood or adolescence can be a sign of sexual abuse or extreme bullying, or could result from extreme stress, such as a death in the family.

Bed Wetting Solutions

The best way to stop bed wetting is to restrict liquids about two hours before going to bed. With less fluid intake, the bladder is unlikely to be full and extended while you are in heavy sleep.

An alternative solution is to use a battery-operated bed wetting alarm that sounds when urination begins. The bed wetting alarm will wake you up so that you can go to the bathroom. Over time, it will also train your body to respond to urination signals by waking you up naturally.

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