Some children who wet their beds do it so seldom that it is never viewed as a problem. It could be caused by a day filled with excitement and activity or one filled with a lot of stress, too much caffeine, or too many fluids consumed close to bedtime. Bed wetting does not constitute a problem until a child is over six or seven years of age. Not all doctors agree on how often it must take place to be viewed as a problem. Some doctors say that if it occurs at least to three times a month then that constitutes a problem while others say it must happen at least two to three times a week to be a problem.
Bed wetting can be unique to an individual. Some children experience it once or twice in their childhoods and never again while others develop a pattern of bed wetting that seems to go one and on and disturb them very much. It is believed in some cases to be a phase that can be ended by taking basic measures to draw it to a conclusion such as limiting a child’s intake of fluids two to three hours before bedtime, encouraging your child to always use the bathroom before bedtime and by waking them in the night periodically to check and see if their bladder is full and needs to be emptied. Be aware that for children who suffer from a blood related disorder, diabetes or who have a history of dehydration, limiting fluids at any time is not advisable and can actually prove detrimental to the child’s health.
Not all children outgrow bed wetting unfortunately. Some require more than just basic measures that can be implemented at home. For children who require treatment the first course of action should be to schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor so he can give your child a thorough physical exam. If the doctor suspects that a medical problem such as a urinary tract infection, diabetes or kidney problems may be to blame for the problem he will send your child for a urine test and possibly x-rays. Make sure you divulge all aspects of your child’s past medical history including all allergies, medications your child has taken, illnesses he or she has suffered in the past, and so on. The doctor may ask to speak with you privately without the child present to glean more precise information about the bed wetting situation.
Sometimes the smallest things can make the most difference. One basis way to cope with the bed wetting problem is to buy your child disposable absorbent underpants to wear at night until the problem passes. This will give your child’s flagging self-esteem a much-needed boast and it will also alleviate a certain level of stress for both parent and child. Wearing disposable absorbent underpants also makes it easier for a child to spend the night at a friend’s house or go camping with little fear of embarrassment or humiliation. As an alternative, some parents buy thicker undergarments and/or pajamas for their bed wetting children to make them feel more comfortable at night and also upon wakening.