Bed Wetting

Bedwetting is very common, and occurs in both adults and children. Here we discuss both adult bedwetting and bedwetting in children. With respect to children, potty training and bed wetting are very different, and it is easy to be confused. For information about potty training, please see the potty training page.

ADULT BED WETTING

Adult Bed WettingAdult bed wetting (nocturnal enuresis) is when an adult releases their bladder during sleep without realizing. Nocturia is when you wake to go to the rest room during the night, and is different to bedwetting.

Studies show that at least 2% of adults experience nocturnal enuresis and those who wet the bed at the age of 18 are likely to continue to do so. Many adults and children who wet the bed can be embarrassed or ashamed, but are able to successfully manage the condition with the correct products.

There are two main types of bedwetting:

  • Primary enuresis is when a child or adult has not consistently been dry at night;
  • Secondary enuresis is when a child or adult starts to wet the bed after a period of dryness.

Bed wetting can be related to an event which has caused trauma or stress, diabetes, a urological disorder, or a bladder that signals to the brain that it is full before it actually is.

In order to manage bed wetting at home, the best option is to use a Conni mattress protector in conjunction with a Conni Bed Pad. All Conni mattress protectors are fully waterproof including protection down the sides of the mattress. Conni bed pads are highly absorbent (up to 84 fl ozs), waterproof, breathable and very comfortable.

The technology used in Conni bed pads is highly sophisticated and alongside Oeko-Tex accreditation, ensures a comfortable and stress-free sleep. Please click here for further information about the technology used in Conni bed pads.

KIDS BED WETTING

Children Bed WettingBed wetting and potty training are easily confused but they are very different. For information about potty training, please see the potty training page.

Bedwetting is also known as nocturnal enuresis and occurs when a sleeping child cannot retain urine at night, becoming ‘water tight’ at night time is a normal part of a child’s development. Nocturnal enuresis is not related to being dry during the day, as a child may wet the bed for a long time after being potty trained.

There are many reasons why a child may wet the bed, and it tends to be inherited:

  • 15% of kids whose parents did not wet the bed will do so.
  • 45% of kids with one parent who wet the bed will be a bed wetter.
  • if both parents wet the bed, 75% of their children will be bed wetters.

Bedwetting is twice as common in boys as girls, and is more prevalent in children with ADHD.
Compared to those who have achieved dry nights, bed wetters will tend to either:

  • Have a smaller bladder capacity.
  • Sleep deeply so they do not wake when their bladder is full, and therefore wake with a wet bed in the morning.
  • Produce more urine at night; some children don’t produce enough of a hormone called anti-diuretic hormone to slow down night time urine production.
  • Experience stress ,which may result in bed wetting.
  • Have a urinary tract infection.
  • Have sleep apnoea, where a child’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.
  • Experience constipation.
  • Have a structural problem in the nervous system or urinary tract (please note this is very rare).

Bedwetting in kids Kids who are bed wetters can have decreased self-esteem and therefore it is important to maintain a positive and encouraging attitude, continue to treat the child with kindness and patience.
It is important for carers and parents to remember that children rarely wet the bed deliberately, and can feel ashamed and embarrassed about the incident.

In most cases, bedwetting resolves itself without any medical intervention. Bedwetting is not a problem to your child other than its impact on self-esteem but If the child is wetting the bed after the age of 6 or 7, starts to have a wet bed after a period of being dry at night, or bed wetting occurs with painful bladder, excessive thirst, pink urine or snoring, see a health care professional.

In order to manage bed wetting at home, the best option is to use a Conni mattress protector along with a Conni Kids Bed Pad. This allows for easy cleanup in the morning ensuring a minimal amount of attention is drawn to the wet bed. If the child and adult are woken at night, Conni products provide a very quick and easy solution to encourage all to go back to a dry bed to sleep. Alongside this, maintaining a calm, secure and patient environment where the child is encouraged and able to express their feelings can help bed wetting become a thing of the past.

The technology used in Conni bed pads is highly sophisticated and alongside Oeko-Tex accreditation, ensures a comfortable and stress-free sleep. Please click here for further information about the technology used in Conni bed pads.