Nocturnal Enurensis or commonly known as wetting is a term used to a person who urinates without him or her noticing. Wetting is commonly experienced by babies or toddlers and it is normal to happen to them. Usually, they will wet themselves while sleeping without waking up. This is normal, because the baby or toddler does not yet have an ‘alarm’ to wake up when feeling like urinating.
However, what if your child who is old enough still often wets? Shouldn’t it be when the big boy can wake up feeling like peeing? If your child is big enough, for example being over 5 years old, and he or she still often wets, you must be annoyed. But did you know that he’s also uncomfortable with it?
Therefore, let’s recognize first, what is the cause of wetting in children?
- Drinking Too Much Before Bed
When the child drinks too much before bed, of course his urinary production will increase. In fact, when she was a toddler or younger, she still didn’t feel some kind of ‘reminder’ to wake up when she wanted to pee. Therefore, children who drink too much before going to bed, will usually wet when they are sleeping.
- Hereditary Factors
According to the study, if one of the parents used to wet often, then there is a 40% chance that their child will also wet. And if both parents also wet when they were small, the likelihood would increase by 30%. Therefore, try to remember again, did you or your partner used to like wetting as a child? Because no child gets genetic traits from his parents.
- Psychological Factors
There are many psychological factors that make the child still often wet. For example, she felt anxious, worried or wanted to be noticed by her parents. It could be because the child feels those uncomfortable feelings, he so likes to wet.
In addition, his subconscious mind factor can also influence the habit of wetting the child. For example, she felt afraid to go to the bathroom herself, or felt the school toilet was not clean. Subconsciously the child will withstand the curiosity of peeing, so that over time he will instead wet.
- Hormone Factors
In the human body there is a hormone called Vasopressin hormone or Antidiuretic Aormone (ADH). This hormone serves to ‘signal’ to the kidneys to produce small amounts of urine. In some children, there can be a ‘production error’ of the hormone ADH so that urine is still produced in large quantities while sleeping at night, which makes the child instead wet during sleep.
It could be that your child is still not used to going urinating on his own. If you or your babysitter has always helped her to urinate, such as dropping her off at the toilet or taking off her clothes, then she will still depend on you or the nanny when she wants to pee. This makes her unconsciously resist her desire to pee when not with you or her caregiver which eventually makes her wet.
Solutions To Prevent Children From Wetting
For you, parents who have children with wetting habits, would love to find a way to eliminate the habit. Many times you advise, even scold your child every time he wets. In fact, in addition to scolding him, there are other ways to help the child not to wet him anymore. Let’s take a look!
- Don’t give kids too much water before going to bed
Try to limit fluid intake into the child’s body shortly before bedtime. Teach the child to drink water at least 30 minutes before going to bed. However, keep sure she has drank enough water, which is 5 to 6 glasses per day and avoid fizzy and caffeinated drinks including tea or chocolate milk, as they are diuretic.
- Invite the child to urinate before bed
Get used to the child urinating first before he goes to bed. This helps her to empty her bladder before bed so as to reduce her chances of wetting while sleeping. In addition, by inviting the child to urinate before bed, can get used to him to urinate in the toilet so that for a long time he will not feel comfortable if wetting.
- Wake the child up periodically to urinate
When the child falls asleep, he cannot yet feel the desire to urinate, so without feeling he will wet. If she’s still a baby, pay attention if the baby squirm a lot. Maybe those are the traits he’s looking for peeing on. So, try to wake him up every few hours to get him to pee. If this is done constantly, the child’s body will ‘record’ its schedule to wake up and urinate.
- Get used to children going to the toilet immediately when they want to urinate
Sometimes the child feels lazy to go to the restroom even though he already feels like peeing. Then, you should know the signs the child is wanting to pee and immediately invite them to the restroom. Teach them not to hold their pee and go immediately to the toilet to urinate. Be careful, often holding the pee can cause urinary tract infections in the child.
- When the child wets, invite him to clean up his ex-head.
If your child is wetting, invite him or her to clean his ompol marks. This will teach him to take responsibility for the mistakes he made. In addition, during cleaning his ompol marks, give him advice not to wet again gently and patiently.
- Don’t scold him too hard when he wets
Maybe you’re irritated and upset at your child’s wetting mistakes. However, don’t get carried away with emotions and scold them hard. If you are too your child, it is feared that it will carry psychological burdens on your child, such as anxiety, minders, fear and others, which can actually aggravate the habit of wetting it.