Constipation is common in children with bedwetting and can be a major factor causing the problem. Even if a child regularly passes bowel motions it is still possible that the bowel is filled with hard, impacted faeces, and this can interfere with the normal functions of the bladder.
How old can a child be before doing something about their bedwetting?
Is four too young?
You may have even been told five and six are still too young.
With so many conflicting answers out there, how are we meant to know just how soon a parent can, say, use an alarm with their child?
Right now we’re going to clear up this confusion and hopefully make your decision easier if you’ve got a child under seven years of age.
So, you’ve purchased an enuresis alarm, explained to your child it’s on its way and built up their anticipation and excitement! This is going to be great! You can begin to see an end to their bed wetting, finally!
Did you know that mothers of bedwetting children have a higher rate of anxiety and depression than mothers of non-enuretic children?
They also test higher in screening tests for other psychiatric symptoms, both reactive to their child’s bedwetting as well as pre-existing factors (1). Holy moly!
So, if you’re a mum reading this and have just screamed ‘THIS IS ME!’ then it’s time to air out your dirty laundry!
Deep-sleeping bed wetter, bed wetting deep-sleeper - whichever order you want to put it, they both go hand in hand. And unfortunately for many parents, this is their reality.
Are you still stripping soaked bed sheets once or even twice in the night? It’s exhausting and you just wish it would stop! Unfortunately as you know, it’s not that easy, and if your child had a magic button that would stop them from wetting the bed, I’m sure they would have pressed that long ago!
Bedwetting is not caused by laziness or bad behaviour and is a far more common problem than you think. According to the Continence Foundation of Australia, roughly 1 in 5 children in Australia wet the bed.
I get asked this often and it’s probably one of the most common questions on any parents mind. So when is the right age to intervene and seek treatment for your child’s bedwetting?
If it makes you feel any better, bed wetting is very common, in particular with school aged children. Many doctors or GP’s will say you should only start worrying about treatment once the child turns seven or eight. Personally, I believe for the sake of the child’s confidence and all things that follow once they start school, e.g. sleepovers, camps etc, treating the bedwetting should begin sooner rather than later. And I know there are a lot of parents out there that would agree! And of course some would disagree…
Now, tell that to a parent whose child has never had a dry night, or has suddenly started wetting their bed. Tell that to a parent who has tried everything from reducing fluid intake, GP visits, expensive mats and alarms and still their child wets their bed.
If you have a school aged child with a bedwetting problem, you know what I mean. It can be a very trying time for both your child and the rest of the family and can take its toll on their self-esteem, confidence and self-worth. It’s not that easy to fix, right?
So, I’ll let you in on a little secret that works.....
Bedwetting (also known as nocturnal enuresis), is a problem that affects 1 in 5 children in Australia. Bedwetting is a relatively common disorder and can often be worrisome for both parents and children.
The main concern for parents is quite often the emotional and social effects it may have on their child. For children it can bring up feelings of embarrassment which can also lead to low self-esteem. Let’s not forget to mention other issues such as sleep disruption, excess laundry loads and increased costs such as pullups!
However, as bad as it sounds, there are many ways to stop bedwetting in children, and one of the most effective solutions is a bedwetting alarm.