Health Tip: Why Your Child Is Wetting the Bed

Here's a list of potential risk factors

(HealthDay News) -- Bed wetting is common in young children who are learning to control the need to urinate during sleep.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says bed-wetting isn't from naughty behavior or laziness. According to the academy, there may be a medical problem behind the bed-wetting child's behavior, such as:

  • Having a family history of bed wetting.
  • Having difficulty waking from sleep.
  • Being under physical or emotional stress.
  • Having a urinary tract infection.
  • Experiencing slow development of the central nervous system.
  • Having a hormonal imbalance.
  • Having an abnormality that affects the spinal cord, the urethral valve in boys or the ureter in girls or boys.
  • Having a small bladder.

Reducing fluids before bed and having your child go to the bathroom when starting the bedtime routine (and again just before sleep) will often help reduce bed-wetting, the academy advises.

Diana Kohnle

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