Dr. Sharda Medilife Ayurveda Clinic: Bedwetting in children is a common phenomenon. In medical terms, it is known as nocturnal enuresis or unintentional passage of urine during sleep. It is also known as urinary incontinence. Usually, children achieve bladder control by the age of 4, but many children may show it at a later age. According to Sexologist in Ludhiana, the process of bedwetting has a lot to do with the emotional wellbeing and maturity of the child.
Facts related to Bedwetting:
- It is more commonly seen in boys.
- It is related to the emotional and physical health of the child. Prolonged illness and physical abuse can lead to bedwetting.
- Children need reassurance and love from the parents to come out of this problem
- Many treatments are available for parents facing this problem with their children.
Types of Bedwetting
Bedwetting can be classified into two main types-
Causes of bedwetting
It is usually due to the immaturity of the nervous system. The child’s nervous system is unable to recognize the signs of the fullness of the bladder which is why he doesn’t get up to urinate. Other factors like failure to hold urine for the entire night and tendency to produce a large amount of urine at night may also lead to the condition. The child may also postpone or avoid going to the washroom. This leads to poor toilet habits and subsequently to bedwetting.
Secondary bedwetting may be due to some underlying medical condition. It may be due to the following reasons-
- UTI (Urinary tract infection )-It causes irritation in the bladder which causes urgency to empty the bladder and pain in the lower abdomen area. It leads to frequent urination.
- Diabetes: One of the most common symptoms of Type 1 diabetes is excessive urine output. Excessive glucose levels lead to a high amount of urine production.
- Anatomical abnormality-An anomaly in the nerves, muscles or the organs involved can lead to the problem of bedwetting.
- Neurological problems: If the neurological balance of the person has become imbalanced, then it can lead to such problems.
- Emotional problems: Stressful environment at home, major changes in the child’s life like starting school or the birth of a sibling can lead to bedwetting.
- Abuse –Physical or sexual abuse also triggers such patterns.
- Abnormal sleep patterns –Problems such as excessive snoring or choking during sleep can also lead to this problem.
Bedwetting Ayurvedic Treatment
If the condition is due to anxiety, the problem should be addressed by the parents and caregivers. Reassurance goes a long way in dealing with the problem. If the condition is due to some underlying problem, the treatment for the same must be carried out. Appropriate medical treatment is usually carried out after the child attains the age of 7.