Nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting is a condition affecting mostly children. The children urinate in their sleep due to the loss of control on their bladder. Children are capable of holding their bladder upto the age of 4 during the day.
Most children experience bedwetting even after the age of 6-7 years if they have any day or bad nighttime dreams. Bedwetting problem stops by the age of 7years, but if your child continues to have this for a long time, you will need to reach out to a healthcare provider.
Bedwetting isn’t a serious condition and can be treated with proper treatment. However, it is extremely necessary to be patient.
The two types of bedwetting include
- Primary nocturnal enuresis: This is a condition when a child never experienced dry nights.
- Secondary nocturnal enuresis: This is a condition when a child experiences dry night for six months continuously, but then starts experiencing bedwetting again due to a traumatic experience.
Peeing in sleep is the only symptom of bedwetting. However, if peeing happens for one or two days, it may be considered normal. But, if the condition lasts for a prolonged period of time, it may be time to see your doctor.
Not only children, but adults too experience bedwetting due to physical and psychological conditions. Some of the common reasons for bedwetting, in both children and adults include the following
- Stress, insecurity and mostly traumatic experience.
- Prostate gland enlargement
- Sleep apnea
- Neurological conditions
- Urinary tract infection
- Abnormal Bladder size (happens mostly if the bladder is small)
Small lifestyle changes can be of great help in treating bedwetting. These include
Pelvic muscle exercise
Stop fluid and food intake 1-2 hours before food.
If bedwetting is a result of a medical condition, the doctor may prescribe medicines to treat the conditions. These medicines include
- Antibiotics to treat UTI
- Anticholinergic drugs to treat irritated bladder
- Medicines to increase ADH levels
- Medicines to promote prostate gland blockage