We all aim to raise confident, independent kids. It’s important.
We also know that confidence starts at a young age—as early as we can remember doing things for the first time or being big enough to do something on our own.
For some kids, it’s tough to have confidence because they have a secret that might be keeping them from enjoying more independence. It’s embarrassing and it’s called bedwetting (actually, the medical name for it is nocturnal enuresis).
Believe it or not, it’s a very common medical condition in children five and older. In fact, a recent study suggests that there are more than 500,000 Canadian children aged 5+ years that wet their bed at night¹. And they aren’t doing it because they’re lazy or trying to drive you crazy. A common cause of bedwetting is delayed development of a naturally occurring messenger produced by the body that suppresses urine production at night to normal levels.
Interestingly though, many parents don’t classify bedwetting as a real medical condition that their doctor can treat so it remains undiagnosed. They don’t seek help; just remain hopeful that the child will grow out of it. Parents are largely unaware of the consequences of prolonged bedwetting which can lead to social isolation, embarrassment and low self-esteem, all of which can impact a child’s performance in school, as well as their relationships with family and friends¹.
Children who wet the bed can miss out on activities such as summer camps and overnight events with their school and friends because they often feel guilty and anxious about their condition¹.
In addition, what many parents may not realize is that, if left unchecked, bedwetting can continue into teenage years and possibly even adulthood, resulting in serious long-term emotional and psychological implications. Clinical research shows that if a child wets the bed more than twice a week, they have a greater likelihood of continuing with their bedwetting into adult life².
Fortunately, very safe and effective treatments are available. Parents should speak with their child’s physician about bedwetting and discuss the best options. Parents can also find more information at www.medbroadcast.com/bedwetting.
For more information about bedwetting, read our bedwetting guide and talk to your child’s doctor about your situation.
Don’t be shy. If your child is still wetting the bed, find the right kind of help. It’s easy to treat.
¹ Bedwetting: What’s normal, what’s not. C-Health. Accessed February 2011.
2 Yeung, CK et al. Differences in characteristics of nocturnal enuresis between children and adolescents: a critical appraisal from a large epidemiological study. BJU International; Vol 97:1069-1073