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Bedwetting can be stressful and frustrating for the entire family. Parents may get discouraged when new treatments fail. And children often feel guilty, anxious and helpless when they are unable to stay dry at night. Even more importantly, they often have significantly lower self-esteem than kids who do not wet the bed.

Though there are many unknowns when it comes to the original source of bedwetting, we do know of these four common myths. Sharing these with your child is important as it may help boost their self esteem and even encourage them to attend sleepovers with their friends.

4 MYTHS OF BEDWETTING

MYTH #1: BEDWETTING IS RARE

On the contrary, bedwetting is a common childhood complaint, which affects 5-10 % of children between the ages of 5-7 years old. Children of all races, economic levels, and types of families wet the bed.

MYTH #2: CHILDREN WHO WET THE BED ARE LAZY

This is simply not true. Children who wet the bed are not too lazy to get out of bed at night. Some children who wet the bed are very sound sleepers. However, sound sleeping is typically not the only cause of bedwetting. It could be that your child’s bladder may not be able to handle the volume of urine that is produced while sleeping.

MYTH #3: STRESS AND/OR EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS CAUSE BEDWETTING

Stress often happens at the same time as bedwetting, but is not the cause. Research has shown that stressful situations can make the problem worse when it already exists. However, please keep in mind that there are many children living relatively stress-free lives that still experience bedwetting.

While stress does not cause bedwetting, bedwetting can most certainly cause stress. Children who wet the bed struggle with self-confidence and may avoid certain social gatherings, like sleepovers. Increased laundry, soiled mattresses and feelings of isolation can contribute to family tension. Understandably, adolescents can struggle with self-confidence issues the most. The good news is that the psycho-emotional effects of bedwetting improve with treatment.

MYTH #4: CHILDREN WON’T OUTGROW IT ON THEIR OWN

We don’t know when your child will outgrow bedwetting, but nearly every child will. In fact, in 99% of kids, it will resolve. Only 1% of children who wet the bed will do it in adulthood. Our Healthy Bladder Clinic can help speed this process up with individualized treatments.

HELPING KIDS COPE EMOTIONALLY

As parents, you have the opportunity to help shape how your children feel about themselves. It’s important to let your little one that you’re accepting of this. Explain that many other kids their age have the same problems. What happens at night is out of their control and shouldn’t be dwelled upon. Children can benefit from reminders to focus on the things that they can control, such as: following their treatment plan and cleaning up in the morning.

The most beneficial thing you can do at this point is to come to our Parent Workshop. Join us where we will share the latest research in childhood development, and an underlying reason that is causing your child’s symptoms. You already know know is affecting their growth, development, social life, education, and overall happiness and you may have felt alone. We look forward to shedding some light and welcoming you into our community.