Defrosting happens completely, after gradually removing the diaper during the day, the child is finally able to sleep at night without the diaper. Everything goes very well in the beginning until the recurring episodes of bed wetting start to happen. Even in older children who already have a mature urinary tract, they can have these “bed wetting accidents”. The important thing is to know how to deal with them in an appropriate way so that both the child and the parents do well in a satisfactory way. How to deal with bed wetting with children over 5 then?
Even adults can have episodes of bed wetting, let alone a child. The secret is how to manage the situation, right? Bed wetting can happen due to several problems or situations that can cause stress, among them the arrival of a younger brother, change of school, something that happened in the family that messes with his head or even to get attention. But bedwetting can also happen for reasons of diseases like urinary incontinence for example. Younger children may have less control over the bladder in the middle of the night, the immaturity to completely control the urinary system may sometimes cause bed wetting, but the important thing is not to embarrass the child. In recurrent bed wetting episodes the cause should be investigated.
Nocturnal enuresis occurs quite frequently among older children. It is very important that the parents are attentive to the problem and as a sign of repetition take the child to the pediatrician for an evaluation to be made. Nocturnal enuresis, which is a disease that can affect large children aged 5 to 12 years, is very common and has some symptoms such as:
- Urine leaks even during the day
- Recurrent urinary infections with pain when peeing
- Not being able to hold a minimum amount of urine
Usually bed wetting can cause embarrassment for older children, the problem goes beyond wetting the bed. Nocturnal enuresis is usually a hormonal, physical or psychological problem.
How to treat to avoid bed wetting? Bedwetting can be due to the absence or deficiency of a hormone called vasopressin, it can have a significant fall during the child’s sleep, thus producing more pee. And then bed wetting happens! The most common reasons for bed wetting can also be due to the increased consumption of liquid at night, also due to bladder problems, changes in the bladder muscles and its ability to hold urine. There is the psychological factor of the issue, children who are irritated or experiencing some type of stress can eliminate urine even while sleeping, of course without intention. This factor tends to be fleeting and most of the time it stops on its own after the stressor leaves the child’s life.
Ways to treat enuresis and stop bedwetting
Bed wetting in the vast majority of cases goes by itself over time. With the child’s growth and maturation of his organs. However, a doctor should be consulted to find out if there is any clinical reason that prevents the child from wetting the bed at night . Some measures can be taken by the parents so that the child is better evaluated by the doctor:
Restricting children’s access to excessive fluid intake at night can help reduce bed wetting.
Guide the child to go to the bathroom before going to bed and, if possible, one of the caregivers takes him to the bathroom during the night. Children can pee even while sleeping, just talk to them and tell them they can pee.
Habit of peeing whenever you feel like it and avoid laziness to go to the bathroom in the morning.
Guide exercises to strengthen the muscles of the bladder, try to cut the urine when you are peeing can help in this strengthening.
Drug treatment can be done, but it is still only recommended as a last resort, since medication to decrease urine during the night, can bring certain side effects such as abdominal pain and even symptoms of medication allergy. Psychological monitoring must be done concurrently with pathological treatment with medication. The two must go together for better effectiveness.
If the case is not about medication and you need a little help from your parents, there are methods that can be used. One way to help the child who pees in bed to recover in this phase is an award in which each night, or an X of nights that go by without bed-wetting he can win a prize that he wants or likes. It can be tours, small treats, as if it were a reward .
Getting the child to help wash the bedding can also help, showing the result of that extra glass of juice the next night can work. Understanding the importance of reducing fluids for a night without bed wetting is very important for children over 5 years old, this certainly exemplifies what parents say because they see the consequences. .If it is fear that it will prevent him from going to the bathroom, resorting to a throne-type potty can also be useful. This one has a lid and the child does not even need to leave the room to relieve the bladder. An important point is not to ridicule the childwho peed the bed for friends and relatives. Even if they are older children, the shame of still peeing can make matters worse and worse. Consulting a doctor is essential in cases where enuresis becomes commonplace, it is up to the parents to seek help to resolve the issue of bed wetting.
Author’s note: I had a very close experience with nocturnal enuresis. Peeing was out of turn and in the wrong place. We made the decision to see a doctor who diagnosed that there was nothing wrong. It was just an excess of liquid at night and also a certain laziness for the child to go to the bathroom at night. Talking to him I discovered that I was afraid to go to the bathroom alone in the middle of the night, so I proposed that he call me or call his father if the urge to pee tightens. That’s how we solved the bed wetting issue. We also started to take him even asleep to the bathroom to pee. He does it well, of course he needs some help like holding the tweet or putting him sitting, but it is part of it. Everything to help my little boy grow up without trauma and with a dry walk!
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.