Bed- and Daytime Wetting


Bedwetting can best be defined as the uncontrollable urinating while sleeping. When bedwetters are awake, no problems occurs. This in contrast with incontinence patients which wet themselves during both day and night. Although it is not well-known, bedwetting occurs as well frequently during adulthood. Studies have proven that about 1% of adults keep bedwetting. The problem occurs more with men than women. Some of them wet their bed every night and others just now and then.

Bedwetting is not a disease, it is an awkward problem.

For those persons who are troubled with bedwetting, it is very troublesome and far-reaching. The social consequences can be staggering. They feel ashamed and are not open about it. Out of fear of wetting the bed at other places, they do not stay over for the night at friends and family places. Do not dare going on a school camp or having problems entering a relationship.

It is normal for a baby and children up to about three years, for five-year-old children it is unpleasant and for older children it can become a complete obsession for themselves and for the whole family. At mature age it often disappears by itself, however there are adults who still wet their bed.

More than 15% of all six-year-olds and 5% of the ten-year-olds are not dry at night. For the category between fifteen and eighteen year-olds it is 1.5% by estimation. It is not exactly known how many adults are struggling with this problem, because this issue is a taboo. Bedwetting occurs with boys twice as much as with girls, a clear explanation is not known.

At first it is important that the one who wets the bed urinates regularly by day. When you drink 6 to 7 glasses per day, it is normal that you urinate about 5 to 6 times by day. It is quite simple to monitor it during 3 days. If the pattern is deviant by day, it is the best to consult with your family doctor.

When there are no (more) problems by day one can try to start with a specific treatment to end bedwetting. You would be well-advised to contact your family or school doctor.

Before you start with the treatment, your doctor will check for other causes. By young children one starts usually with a treatment only when the child experienced it as a problem and wants to assist the treatment. Only then you have a chance to complete the treatment successfully.

Frequently after a few days progress will occur and after a matter of weeks the problem is solved. Motivation and perseverance are the key combination, both for the parents and the child. A successful treatment with the Rodger bedwetting system takes rarely more than 3 months.

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Daytime wetting

Problems with toilet training for urine and / or feces are common and can have a significant impact. For 4-7 year olds is daytime wetting in about 7% of the children an issue and it is an important psychosocial problem. The problem may persist into adulthood. Besides the psychological effect on the welfare of children and their parents, there are also social disadvantages: an untrained child creates extra work and extra costs.

Various studies show, that children when toilet trained by guidance and various treatments, are dry faster than waiting till the child becomes spontaneously dry.Most children at the age of 30-36 months are dry during the day and at the age of 36-48 months dry at night. A child is able to be first dry during nights and after that during the day.

The length of a normal potty training varies from child to child, but you have to invest at least three months of training to learn your child to become dry. The standard toilet training starts first practicing with a potty and then stop using a diaper during the day. Afterwards stop using a diaper overnight. Before starting, it is important that the child feels open to start potty training.

Many children ignore their bladder signals when they are too engrossed in their game. This can lead to the so called ‘game-enuresis’; the pant wetting during game play.

Sometimes there is a physical cause for pants wetting such as an urinary tract infection. In case of doubt or complaints it is wise to contact your General Practice. Normally, a wet suit is for the child at least as annoying as for yourself. Sometimes at school, children may say your child carries an urine smell, this must be an annoying experience for your child and you too. It is important not to get angry on your child. Your child, in fact, cannot do anything about it.

If the child becomes not dry automatically, then additional support is required. Please do not start on own initiative with a day alarm system. It may be a fact, that there is a physical cause for not being dry during the day and then eventual alarm symptoms should be excluded.

Commonly there is a progress observable within a few days. The problem of daytime wetting is solved within a few weeks. Perseverance is, among motivation from parent and child necessary and are the key to success.