Involuntary Bedwetting

Involuntary Bedwetting

Bedwetting is a frustrating, sometimes embarrassing, involuntary urination during the night that happens more than once a month. We consider it to be a problem requiring treatment if a child is older than 7 years. Thankfully the incidence of bedwetting usually decreases with age; at age 5 15% of children wet the bed but by age 18 only 1% of people have this problem.
Several of the old myths about bed wetting have over the years proven to be untrue. Children wet the bed because their body is not yet releasing adequate amounts of a hormone called vasopressin or DDAVP. REMEMBER THIS IS A MEDICAL PROBLEM NOT UNDER THE CHILD’S CONTROL; NOT SOMETHING THE CHILD IS DOING ON PURPOSE. Parent should also know this problem tends to run in families.

Some helpful hints for dealing with bed wetting are:
* Limit fluids after 6pm
* Make sure the child empties their bladder before going to bed
* Do not wake the child at night to go to the bathroom
* Use protective devices for the mattress
* Use diapers or pull ups if okay with the child
* Reward child for dry nights
* NEVER PUNISH THE CHILD FOR WETTING
* Remember this is the child’s problem, do not take it upon yourself
* There are medications and/or alarms for bed wetting if a family is interested in using them

Call the Office if:
* The child has difficulty or pain with urination
* New symptoms appear after a prescription medication is used
* If the child has been dry at night for over 6 months and is now wetting the bed
* You have any questions about bedwetting