Coping with bedwetting
Is your little one wetting the bed? Huggies talks through the causes and types of bedwetting as well as top tips on how to manage
If your little one is still having accidents in the middle of the night you may be relieved to know that bedwetting is more common than most people think. One in six of all five year olds wet the bed on a regular basis and it affects nearly 600,000 children across the UK.
Understanding more about the causes of bedwetting might help lessen any worries you may be having. So read on to find out about the types and causes of bedwetting and some top tips from Huggies.
The facts about bedwetting
Bedwetting, also knows as nocturne enuresis, is the common name for involuntary wetting during sleep, that isn't caused by physical problems in the bladder or urinary system.
Does your child:
- Primary bedwetting: This is the type of bedwetting that the majority of children experience. These are 5 year old plus children who have never had a lengthy period of staying dry throughout the night
- Secondary bedwetting: This is when children start to wet the bed when they have already been dry for at least six months. The only difference between this and primary bedwetting is that it is more likely to be triggered by a stressful event, such as starting a new school or a new baby in the family. Sometimes bedwetting episodes can continue, even when the stressful situation has been resolved
There are a number of physical factors which may cause bedwetting:
- Children who wet the bed may have difficulty in recognising the sensation of a full bladder at night, so they either don't wake up or hold on to this sensation without realising that they need to wee.
- Some children do not yet produce enough of the natural hormone called vasopressin at night. This works by putting the kidneys to sleep so that less urine is produced throughout the night
Top tips for dealing with bedwetting
If your child is wetting the bed, these top tips from Huggies might help:
- It is important to reassure your child that there are many other children who wet the bed. They are not alone and it is not their fault. Talking to them will help reassure them as they can often feel embarrassed and guilty about wetting the bed. It is your job to help try and stop these feelings.
- Using absorbent sleepwear such as DryNites© is one way to catch bedwetting accidents. Using DryNights© can help keep nightwear and sheets dry so you and your child can sleep on uninterrupted.
- DryNights® Pyjama Pantscan be worn discreetly under nightwear. They look and feel like real underwear with a thin absorbent pad to draw wetness away from the skin
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