Why is my child wetting the bed at night?
While bedwetting can affect anyone, it's twice as common in boys than girls. Additionally, if both parents experienced bedwetting in childhood, their children have a 70% chance of experiencing it also. Other factors include:
Stress and anxiety. If your child was dry at night, but then a big life event (like moving house, birth of a new sibling, or school anxiety) occurs, they may fall back into bedwetting.
Bladder development. Your child's bladder may still be growing to become large enough, and strong enough, to hold urine through the night.
Medical conditions. Such conditions as ADHD, autism, or Down syndrome can cause prolonged bedwetting.
Bedwetting is a completely normal stage of a child's development. But as a guide, you should seek medical advice if:
your child still wets the bed at 7 years old.
your child starts wetting the bed after being dry for a few months.
your child is very thirsty, experiences pain during urination, has pink or red urine, has hard stools.
😠❌ Although it can be frustrating, bedwetting, not stemming from a medical issue, doesn't pose any health risks. Remember that your support is very important to your child. They might feel guilty and experience low self-esteem if they are made to feel embarrassed about wetting the bed.
🗣️ Be open with your child. Talk to them about the situation and ask how they feel. Sometimes a simple chat can be enough to solve the bedwetting problem!
💧 If it's age-appropriate, let your child put wet bedding and clothes in the washing machine and change their own bed. If you have a PeapodMat, this task will be a breeze!
Remember to use a washable bed pad 🛏
Choosing the right mattress protector is crucial. Pick a reusable bed pad that can be whisked away without a hassle in the middle of the night, just like PeapodMats. It will save you time and money. You won't have to scrub or buy a new mattress! PeapodMats can foster your child's independence because they make clean-up easy!
If you're worried about sleepovers during the time when your child experienced bedwetting, read our helpful tips here. It's also important to tell the truth from myths when it comes to bedwetting solutions to provide your child with the best support possible.
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