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