Actually, it is common for parents to change their children’s sheets in the middle of the night after bedwetting. Pediatricians think of it as childhood hidden problem because it is not talked about outside the house unlike allergies or asthma.
Keeping it a secret makes it a tough situation for kids thinking they are the only ones doing it, and this makes them feel worse. Some parents think bedwetting is a result of laziness, but of course it is not. This problem makes a friend’s sleepover very feared, which creates social awkwardness.
Understanding the causes of any problem is the first step for solution; there is no single reason for bedwetting but the majority is inherited. In most cases, we find a parent or a first degree relative used to wet the bed.
Therefore, mostly it is communicated to the kids from the parents, and as such the parents are more understanding and tolerant about this problem, and this in turn helps the kid understand it is not his or her fault. Scientists have located the genes responsible for the disordered nighttime bladder control; they are on chromosome 8, 12 and 13.
Apart from genes, there are other factors that play an important role as well, for example but not limited to:
– Delayed communication between the bladder and brain, and this in some kids takes longer to happen.
– Less anti-diuretic hormone (ADH); this hormone is responsible for the less urine during night, and the less it is the more urine and bedwetting.
– Sleeping deeply; some children are deep sleepers that their brain does not get the signal of their full bladder.
Bedwetting due to medical problems is very rare, and it can be revealed simply by talking to the child and the parents together with testing the urine, nevertheless the vast majority have nothing medically wrong.