Teen bed wetting, which is also known as nocturnal enuresis, is a less talked about but fairly common problem. It is roughly estimated that as many as one out of every one hundred teens occasionally wets the bed. Nocturnal enuresis can be of two types: primary enuresis or secondary enuresis. Primary enuresis is basically when a person has had the habit of wetting his bed ever since he was a baby; while if he develops the habit later on in life, after having learnt to control his bladder, it is known as secondary enuresis. Secondary enuresis can occur months and sometimes even years after a person has successfully learnt to control his bladder after growing up.
Bed wetting can result from many different factors. They can be categorized into two major groups, which are:
This type of condition can be inherited and occurs when a child is rarely dry at night. The main factors contributing to this are deep sleep or an immature bladder as in many cases. Children sleep so deeply, that they do not wake up when their bladder is full.
This condition is more stress related and occurs due to situations like hospitalization or some underlying emotional turmoil. Knowing the source of stress and helping eliminate it might help with this condition.
Causes of Bed Wetting
Bed wetting may also be caused due to certain medical conditions, such as a bladder infection, diabetes or ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
These tips may help with the problem of bed wetting:
â€¢ Avoid Fluids after Dinner. Try sucking on ice cubes or ice pops if thirsty. This will reduce the amount of urine produced and hence keep your bladder from being full. â€¢ Be sure to visit the bathroom just before sleeping. Flushing out all the urine from your body will clear up room in your bladder. â€¢ Make sure you get at least 9 hours of sleep every night. The less sleep a person gets, the more tired he is and more likely to fall into a deep sleep. This will result in him not waking up when his bladder is full at night. â€¢ Set your alarm to go off in the middle of the night to help you use the bathroom. Many teenagers and even adults wake up to use the bathroom at night. Bed wetting teens however donâ€™t wake up to use the bathroom. â€¢ See a therapist to rule out any emotional or physiological stress as being the cause of bed wetting.
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