Normally called sleep-wetting or bed-wetting, nocturnal enuresis or night-time urinary incontinence is a condition that results in unconscious urination taking place while the person is asleep.
Most children experience this problem can cause them to be nervous and if left untreated, it can impact their self-esteem, habits and behavior to their peers and their schoolwork.
There are many solutions to help children who suffer from nocturnal enuresis such as motivational therapy, moisture alarms and medicines. However, the appropriate solutions may depend on the age of children.
Below are some suggestions for treatment options depending on the age of the effected children
Nocturnal Enuresis Treatment
Ages 5 to 8
Help children understand that bed-wetting is a normal part of growing up. Encourage and help them to wake up before wetting, establish a regular bedtime routine including going to the toilet.
Teach them to drink most liquids in the morning and afternoon, and use the toilet before sleeping. If they wet the bed, have them take an active role in cleaning up. Once they do begin to have dry nights, praise and reward them to make them proud and keep their attempt.
Ages 8 to 11
If children still wet the bed, a moisture alarm may be a proper treatment option. A moisture alarm for bed-wetting is worn on the body. When urine first touches the children’s underclothes, the alarm will make a sound causing the children to want to beat the buzzer. If they have occasional overnight events like camps or sleepovers, taking a medicine such as depression and tricyclic antidepressants can be very helpful.
Ages 12 and older
There may be significant emotional effects if bed-wetting persists at these ages, therefore treatments can be more aggressive. If the use of moisture alarms does not work, seeing a doctor may be the best option. The doctor can suggest appropriate medicines and counselling.
It’s very important that parents need to help their children get through this problem properly. This problem may affect their habits in daily life so, it’s better not to ignore it and take some time to learn about all the types of incontinence and bed wetting conditions that can effect people of all ages.