About Bedwetting In Older Children

Bedwetting is quite a common problem in the United States. While Bedwetting in children under seven years of age is considered as a common problem as the bladder control of children is still in the developing stage, this becomes a problem in older children who are over this age. Studies estimate that about 30% of children above the age of seven still wet the bed at night or in other words suffer from nocturnal enuresis.

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In most of the cases, young adults who wet the bed have been doing so since their childhood. While some parents take their child to the physician for a solution to this problem, others think that this will get better with time and hence no proper treatment is given to such children.

Bedwetting in young adults can be a source of great embarrassment to the child. It can severely dent their confidence and self-esteem. They may also become depressed and socially withdrawn and may always live in fear that someday their peers may find out that they still wet the bed at night. It might also affect personal relationships as such children may not want to share bed with any other member of their family because of fear of Bedwetting. This article mentions some of the common causes for older adults to experience bedwetting at night.

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Why Do Older Children Still Wet The Bed?

Why Do Older Children Still Wet The Bed?

Some of the common causes of bedwetting in older adults are:

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Increased Production of Urine: Some children have a problem with excess production of urine than their bladder can actually hold. In such cases even though their bladder may be functioning normally and has been completely developed they still leak urine and wet the bed at night when asleep.

Deep Sleepers: Some children are deep sleepers and are not able to wake up with an urge to urinate. In fact, they are in such deep sleep that they may not even feel the urge to urinate and hence they wet the bed at night.

Bladder Dysfunction: Some children may suffer from bladder dysfunction in which they are not able to completely empty the bladder in the day which results in excess urine being stored in the urine at night causing Bedwetting.

Family History: Some children have a family history of various relatives having problems with wetting the bed at night well into adulthood. This may also be a potential cause for a child to wet the bed at night.

Diet: Diet also plays a role when it comes to older adults wetting the bed. Children who tend to have a diet rich in salt and calcium affects the functioning of the kidney and may result in bedwetting at night in young adults.

Other Causes: Other than this chronic constipation, urinary tract infections, not drinking enough water, drinking excessive caffeinated beverages, and use of recreational drugs are some of the other causes for Bedwetting in Older Children.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: February 8, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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