There are many myths and misconceptions associated with bedwetting. While the great majority of people who experience bedwetting are children or preteen youths, it is not limited to them. Adults can suffer from bouts of bedwetting as well, though consistent bedwetting during adulthood does certainly signal other underlying issues. A few common myths about bedwetting in children include:
Emotional issues are always an underlying factor in children.
The fact of the matter is that an emotional nature is not always the cause of bedwetting. Problems during development or other medical issues can be the root cause.
Bedwetting occurs because too many fluids are consumed before going to bed.
Actually, the body constantly filters urine into the bladder. If less liquid is consumed, this just means that the amount of liquid discharged during bedwetting is simply less. One should always drink liquids as needed by the body to avoid dehydration.
A smaller sized bladder is the culprit for bedwetting in children
The size of the bladder has nothing to do with bedwetting. The key to avoid bedwetting is the ability to become awake once the urge to pass urine arises, regardless of bladder size.
The best treatment for bedwetting is medication.
This is not so. Part of the treatment for bedwetting is to properly train the sufferer’s ‘inner alarm’. While medication can prove useful when taken, there must come a time where medication should no longer be used. However, once medication use is ceased, bedwetting issues return because proper training was neglected.
Bedwetting will automatically go away when the children grow up.
Due to the modern understanding of bedwetting as well as the highly effective techniques to ameliorate its duration in a child’s life, waiting for children to ‘grow out of it’ does not make much sense whatsoever.
Reasons Bedwetting Occur
The actual reasons behind bedwetting are many and can be a combination of one or all these factors. It is not uncommon for bedwetting to run in the family, indicating a hereditary influence.
Some children may simply produce much more urine during the night than their fellow counterparts. Add on to this the fact that children are often heavy sleepers and can become completely oblivious to the trouble brewing inside them, resulting in a bedwetting session. Also, if a child finds himself/herself in a dream where they get up to go to the restroom where in reality they are still asleep, they can ‘let go’ and expel urine by mistake.
Other times, dietary factors have a role to play in assisting the bed wetter in preventing accidental discharge at night. It is usually wise to avoid caffeinated beverages and sodas.
The above are some common causes of bedwetting, but some medical conditions instigate bedwetting much more directly such as renal infection, diabetes mellitus and an abnormally functioning bladder.
The best bedwetting treatments are of the training variety. Punishment, shockingly practiced by some parents, only leads to issues of depleted self-worth and anxiety, so punishing the child should be avoided, by all means.
Forms of training include waking up the child at specified hours during the night before bedwetting typically occurs or simply using an alarm clock to wake the child up, so he or she may go to the restroom and urinate. As far as medication is concerned, there is a synthetic form of vasopressin known as DDAVP. DDAVP (and vasopressin) encourages retention of water by the kidneys, thereby lessening the production of urine.
The greatest advantage of the alarm clock method is that it usually works well within very little time as the child becomes accustomed to waking up at specific hours during the night. A sort of internal alarm clock is built into the child through this method and also increases their ability to respond to a full bladder.