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Bedwetting – Causes and Treatment

Most people (even adults and teenagers), wet their bed, wet it at night only while they are fast asleep and are unconscious. They do not get to know that while sleeping, they have wet their bed

This is a common problem with teenagers irrespective of their genders. You might wonder that what causes this bedwetting; it has been said that trauma or any stress in mind can cause this problem. In this article, we are going to study the causes, symptoms, and treatments of bedwetting.

Let us move ahead with the symptoms– there are no such unusual symptoms of bedwetting that you or anyone can identify the rise of this problem. These typical symptoms include wetting the bed at night while asleep only. Other symptoms could also suggest some psychological issues, some trauma or stress caused during their childhood, the problem with kidneys, gallbladder or even nervous systems where the child or the patient is unable to express or tell about his/her urine routine. Here the frequency of urination differs in adults and children.

  • Wetting during the day as well
  • Not being able to control urination
  • Frequency, urgency, or burning while urinating
  • Straining, dribbling, or other unusual symptoms while urinating
  • Cloudy or pinkish urine with blood stains on the underwear of children or adults
  • Soiling, being unable to control bowel movements
  • Severe constipation where sometimes people are not able to know that they are suffering from this issue.

Problems those are associated with bedwetting:

In many cases, it has been observed that while many adults urinate only three-four times a day, children may urinate much more frequently. Sometimes, this frequency can also increase from 10 to 12 times each single day. This is a very severe problem of bedwetting which needs proper care, and attention in case of both children and adults. “Frequency” as a symptom should be judged regarding what is normal for that particular child. It is equally important to notice the, “infrequent voiding”, which means urinating less than three times in a day. Since it can be a sign of any other issue that we tend to avoid or ignore. Such underlying issues can also aggravate as you age.

Fecal impaction and constipation, both can cause straining and urinating untimely. It might cause damage to the nearby urinary organs and muscles that control the flow of urine out of the body. In most of the cases, it has been seen that while you have severe constipation, the fecal impactions get so tightly packed that you might face difficulty in releasing your stool. It is often a painful experience. With this, your bladder control can also be lost thus injuring or damaging other inner muscles or organs.

What are the Causes of Bedwetting?

One of the most common causes of bedwetting caused in adults is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep-related disorder, where oxygen to the brain is paused for few seconds. In this, adults are not able to breathe while they are fast asleep. This is where they might not be able to know that they want to urinate. Thus bedwetting becomes the reason. Sleep apnea is a sporadic cause of bedwetting.

Other common causes of this problem are:

  • Some mental trauma that was caused in early childhood, which remains as a memory in the adult’s mind. Recollecting this can be stressful and lead to bedwetting.
  • Mental stress and tension is also a cause of this severe problem.
  • The weak nervous system is a leading cause of bedwetting.
  • Health issues with kidneys and gallbladder can sometimes be a cause as well.

Treatment for Bedwetting

While you know that you are facing this issue since childhood, it is vital that you should not, or the parents (in case of children) should not ignore this. It should be treated as soon as possible to avoid severe and grave implications that may arise with age. You should immediately consult your doctor when you come to know about this issue. Do not hesitate to discuss this in detail.

If your child is suffering from the problem of bedwetting, the right moment is then only, to consult your doctor. Do not delay. With the children, the positive point is that the treatment can be given immediately and future complications can be avoided.

It should be noticed that the decision of “when to involve” your health-care professional is variable and is most commonly based on how much the situation is affecting the child, as well as the parents. In case your child is showing the issue of nighttime wetting, and no other symptoms, still you should not ignore it. But in this case, you can wait for a couple of months to observe whether its a continuous problem or just happens sometimes. It’s better to consult the doctor, but whether or not to do so, depends on the family.

A child should be given medical aid and treatment without any delay, if he/she develops any behavioural symptoms, to avoid future implications of this problem.


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