Bed-wetting is a common problem amongst young children, though it should slow down and vanish as children reach adolescence and adulthood. If bed wetting continues as children grow up after the age of 7 this can turn into a problem that needs to be dealt with by the parents or the individual themselves. There are many different causes and reasons that a young adult ay continue bed wetting, both emotional and physical. Whatever the reason for continued bed wetting, it is always a good idea to see a doctor and get checked out. There are various ways in which you can deal with bed wetting and help to treat this problem.
Bladder Training Exercises From an Early Age
This helps to increase control over the bladder. You should always try to encourage your child to practise bladder training from an early age so that they are able to spend longer times between bathroom breaks and increase the amount of urine they can carry in their bladder.
If a child needs to urinate before a certain amount of time has passed, you can help them to use relaxation techniques, such as breathing deeply, which will help them to increase the amount of time before their next urge.
Using Bed Wetting Alarms to Control the Problem
This tends to help condition children to recognise when their bladders are full as an alarm signs when the wearer wets the bed. These generally come in different styles. You can find them in wireless, wearable or pad type; these will all work differently depending on personal benefits.
Limit Caffeine Intake Prior to Sleeping
Any drink that contains caffeine should be limited to reduce need to frequent urination. Caffeine is a diuretic which elevates the body’s need to urinate and increase the excretion of the body’s water. By preventing any caffeine from being ingested prior to sleep you will lower the incidences of bed wetting and urination during the night.
Medications to Control the Symptoms of Bed Wetting
There a few different medications that are available to help prevent bed wetting. Desmopressin is used to replace the anti diuretic hormone and comes in various trade names. This drug reduces the amount of water that is eliminated during urination and helps to regulate the process. These drugs can be taken orally, nasally or intravenously depending on the preferred method of the patient. You will need to consult a doctor before being prescribed these medications.
Bed wetting can be a very embarrassing and distressing problem for older children, adolescences and adults. It can impact their relationships and personal well being, as well as being a sign of a physical problem. By using diet regulation and medication this can usually be controlled and managed with ease. Any pain or unusual effects should always be explained to a doctor and you should keep a record of when the problem occurs and what circumstances are likely to trigger the condition, they could be symptoms of an underlying problem.