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Children dealing with the problem of bedwetting can be one of great concern.  They are often confused about the condition and what the causes are.  This problem affects many adults as well but children find it extremely troubling as they often are ashamed and fearful of parents response.

Bedwetting, also known as Nocturnal Enuresis is a medical condition which refers to the unintentional passage of urine during sleep.    Five to seven million kids in the U.S. are affected with this condition.   For those children up to the age of 4; control of the bladder is still not mature.  The age of bladder control varies for different children as well as the causes.  There seems to be a propensity for boys more than girls to wet the bed.  Also a child’s development and maturity as well overall physical and emotional health seem to play a role.  Parents can make the greatest difference on how a child views this sometimes very troubling issue.  Parents must let their children know that they are not in trouble for bedwetting and that it is condition that they will eventually grow out of.  This helps the child to cope with the embarrassment and concern caused by this problem.

Some of the causes of bedwetting are a child being unable to hold urine throughout the night, not awakening when bladder is full, the large production of urine at night, and poor daytime toilet habits.    There can also be underlying medical problems causing the bedwetting such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, structural abnormality, neurological problems, emotional problems, sleep patterns, pinworm infections, and excessive fluid intake. 

The only symptom of bedwetting is that most bedwetting occurs during nighttime hours.  Another interesting twist is that bedwetting tends to run in families.  If a child is exhibiting other symptoms such as wetting during daytime hours, urinating frequently, straining, soiling their clothes and unable to control bowel movements or having constipation; other medical conditions need to be followed up by a physician.  This becomes very important in identifying other causes that could potentially have grave consequences.

 There has been much speculation and talk about finding solutions to bedwetting.  One solution that has been mentioned is a bedwetting alarm.  It works quite easily. If the sleeping person begins to wet the bed, the alarm will go off, and the wetter will wake up, while signals are sent to the bladder from the brain to stop urine flow.  Other solutions are not giving kids drinks at night, or even taking drugs.  If most parents just remember to offer children support and love instead of punishment and consequences; the children will likely outgrow this condition and have no lasting effects.