Will my child be a bedwetter? It’s a question that many adults with incontinence ask. As parents, we strive to protect our young ones from the troubling experiences that we’ve had to navigate throughout the years. For instance, those of us in the Baby Boomer generation are often called out for spoiling our children to counterbalance the rationed childhoods we had. If we struggled with acne, lack of coordination or speech impediments, it’s all too common for parents to do everything in our power to prevent our children from experiencing those same issues. Imagine the intensity of those worries when you wonder if your child will also have adult incontinence.
The good news is that most children can outgrow bedwetting. But, if one or both parents have a history of bedwetting, the risk that their child will wet the bed is several times greater than the general population. (We got these facts from the Urology Care Foundation. Read more about bedwetting by visiting their website.)
According to the Urology Care Foundation, experts believe that bedwetting in children occurs from the combination of these three things:
1. Failure to wake-up, which means the child sleeps through feelings of a full bladder.
2. Increased production of urine while asleep, which means the kidneys work overtime
3. Overactive bladder, which means the child’s bladder contracts leading to a smaller urine capacity
These may sound familiar to our adult customers with incontinence. Some of the treatments that doctors recommend to help people struggling with bladder control may also ring a bell. According to the Foundation, treatments can range from stopping fluid intake long before bedtime, scheduled bathroom trips throughout the night, bladder training exercises, alternative therapies, wetting alarms and, of course, medications.
These, along with some patience, can lead to positive results for young children. By puberty, bedwetting in children drops to the rate of one percent.
The last bit of information on the Foundation’s website mentions that offering your child an absorbent pad with pants has not shown to delay or prevent development of bodily control or training to use the toilet. In fact, it mentions that an absorbent product may decrease friction between the parent and child by lessening the need for laundry and reducing the child’s embarrassment.
We see that these benefits also come to our adult customers who use our washable incontinent pant with an absorbent pad placed inside their underwear.
To learn more about children and bedwetting, we recommend taking a look at Urology Care Foundation.