is usually a
stage of development that kids simply outgrow with
patience and time. Check with your childís physician
to rule out any illnesses or physical reasons. Here
are some common causes of bedwetting:
A growing bladder can cause
a child to wet the bed. In some cases, the bladder
hasnít grown as quickly as the rest of the body and it
just needs time to catch up. In other cases, an
important muscle in the bladder (the sphincter) isnít
as strong as it should be yet.
Bladder conditioning may be helpful in these
Surprisingly, bedwetting can run in a family. If one
parent wet the bed as a child, thereís a 40% chance
that their child will have nighttime accidents. If
both parents wet the bed, the odds can rise to 70%.
Many children sleep so
soundly that they just donít realize when their
bladder is full. Part of the brain is supposed to stay
awake during sleep to signal when itís time to go to
the bathroomĖand for now, itís not doing that. In
sleep conditioning may help
Each night the body secretes an antidiuretic hormone (ADH)
that slows down the production of urine by the
kidneys. Some children who wet the bed are in a stage
where they produce too little of this hormone.
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