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For young children, bedwetting can be expected from time to time. Accidents do happen, after all. When bedwetting happens to adults, it could be a sign of trouble. Regardless of how old someone is, removing the stigma of bedwetting and getting down to the cause is important.
Bedwetting, or nocturnal (sleep) enuresis, can happen to children between the ages of 3 to 5 – when they should be able to sleep through the night without issue. There are roughly five million children in the United States who wet their beds. It happens more often among younger children (mostly boys) — about 30 percent of children age 7 and under and about 5 percent of 10-year-old children.
Research suggests bedwetting occurs in 1 to 2 percent of adults. However, the number may be higher. Some adults are likely embarrassed or unwilling to talk with their doctor about the problem. Persistent and frequent bedwetting by adults should definitely be checked by a doctor.
Bedwetting is an issue that millions of families face every night, and can be very stressful. Children can feel embarrassed and guilty about wetting the bed and anxious about spending the night at a friend's house or at camp. Parents often feel helpless to stop it.
Bedwetting usually goes away on its own, but might last for a while. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for your child, so it's important to provide emotional support until it stops.
Here are a few things that might be causing your child to wet the bed:
There is also the possibility that your child might have an underlying medical problem. If bedwetting continues to be a problem once they’re school-age, you might want to talk with your child’s pediatrician. Remember, do not blame your child. It’s not their fault. Instead, be sensitive to your child’s feelings and be open and honest with them.
Bedwetting doesn’t just happen to children. Although it’s usually something that passes with a child, wetting the bed as an adult can be a sign that there is something physically wrong. You don’t really have to be overly concerned about bedwetting if it’s only happened once or twice, but more than that, you should reach out to your doctor.
Here are a few of causes of adult bedwetting:
Regardless of whether nighttime accidents are happening to you or your child, you should have something in place to protect your mattress. You can clean urine from a mattress, but it’s easier – and a lot better in the long run – to have a mattress protector.
Mattress Warehouse has a wide selection of mattress protectors, as well as pillow protectors. Visit a store today to find out how a mattress protector can have you sleeping easier tonight.
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