Children like to wet their bed, it has become a common problem. You also as a parent must have a way to teach children to stop wetting their bed. However, what if the child is still wet even after he is five or six years old? Is it still normal? Check out the full review below.
Until what age is bedwetting still reasonable?
Bedwetting (enuresis) is a disorder that is often found in children. This disorder is not something that is intentionally done by children or a form of laziness in children. The actual bedwetting habit will continue to decrease with age.
Before the age of five, bedwetting habits in children can still be considered normal. This begins gradually, starting at the age of three years, children are no longer wet during the day. According to the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), children are said to be abnormal for bedwetting if this habit occurs continuously or stays above the age of five. This is why children who are still wet should get proper treatment because it can cause urinary tract infections, cause stress, and lack confidence in children.
What if a five-year-old is still wet?
Although later the child will be able to control his own bladder, this will occur at different ages. Reporting from the National Sleep Foundation, the habit of bedwetting in children aged five years or more needs to get supervision from a pediatrician if it occurs more than 2-3 times per month or wet the bed day and night regularly.
The habit of bedwetting can affect the social life of children from the age of six or seven. This can cause children to become shy and lack confidence in their social environment. Take for example, they will feel embarrassed because of being ridiculed by the "bedwetting worker" by his brother or sister. If you have to stay at a friend's house, they will be anxious because they are afraid of being caught wet the bed.
Actually, there are many causes of bedwetting in children, including:
- Children do not wake up when their bladder is full
- Some children produce excess urine during sleep
- Some children have a bladder that cannot hold more urine than other children
Starting from the age of three, children will begin to learn to go to the bathroom during the day and night as soon as their bodies begin to produce substances called antidiuretic hormone (ADH). This hormone inhibits urine production. As you get older, children will be more sensitive to holding urine so it is easier to prevent bedwetting.
If after the age of five the child is still wet, it is likely because the child is not enough to produce the ADH hormone at the right time and has not been able to capture signals from the brain that the bladder is full of urine. As a result, the child does not wake up or only dreams of going to the bathroom so he finally wet his bed.
Does the child still wet the bed because of a health problem?
Simply put, bedwetting is a sign the child is not mature enough to control his bodily functions. Because, holding urine is a process that involves the coordination of muscles, nerves, spinal cord, and brain. These functions will be more mature with age.
However, bedwetting can also be a sign of a health problem such as a urinary tract blockage, constipation, diabetes, or lack of drinking water. For example, when a child has constipation, the large intestine will be full so that it presses the bladder. Well, to find out if a child has constipation, you can monitor the intensity of a child's bowel movements. The intensity of normal bowel movements ranges from three times a day to four times a week.
So how do you distinguish bedwetting caused by immature bodily functions or health problems? This can be seen from how often the child wet the bed. If it occurs every day in a row, the habit of bedwetting is due to immaturity of bodily functions. While bedwetting triggered by health problems is usually less frequent, usually occurs after the child has not wet the bed for six months or more.
Even if it's only occasionally, if the child is still wet at the age of five to seven, you need to have your child checked by a doctor. If it is indeed caused by a health problem, then you must undergo a urine test to see if there are kidney problems or urinary tract infections.
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