Bed-Wetting

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bed-wetting, or losing urine during sleep, is a common problem in children. As many as 7 million children in the United States wet the bed at night. Dr. Edward Hill discusses bed-wetting and some ways to stop it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children are not considered to have a bed-wetting, or nocturnal enuresis problem unless they are at least 5 years old and still wet the bed at least two times a month.

In some children who wet the bed, the bladder may not hold enough urine to get them through the night. Some bed-wetters may not have enough of a certain hormone that cuts down the amount of urine that the body makes during the night.

Parents of a bed-wetter often believe that their child sleeps too soundly. However, sleep studies have proven this theory wrong.

Parents should not punish their child for wetting the bed. The child probably has little or no control over the problem.

Because of bed-wetting, children can have poor self-esteem. Treating bed-wetting helps these children feel better about themselves.

Even with no treatment, many children outgrow bed-wetting. But, there are some treatments that can help including bed-wetting alarms that go off when the child begins to wet the bed and medication.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.