If your child has never been dry at night or has suddenly reverted to bedwetting after being dry at night, you may start to wonder why. My husband and I found ourselves researching this very topic when my 3-year-old daughter started wetting the bed after being dry at night for almost six months. If your child is past potty-training age and is wetting the bed, these are some probable causes.
Have you recently moved? Did your child switch classes or teachers? Has there been a death in the family? Any of these things are stressful, but for a child, the stress may manifest itself in events such as bedwetting. Parents who are able to identify and support their child through the stress may see an end to the bedwetting more quickly than those who fight the situation with anger or by stressing their child out even more.
Urinary Tract Infection
According to Canada.com, a urinary tract infection can be another cause for bed wetting in an older child or adult. If you suspect that your child has a urinary tract infection, or if your child is experiencing other urinary tract infection symptoms such as pain/burning during urination or a fever, you should consult your child’s primary healthcare provider. If wetting the bed is caused by a urinary tract infection or another medical problem or issue, treatment should rectify the situation.
WebMD lists a variety of developmental reasons that could be causing your older child to wet the bed. Hormone levels, bladder size, and nervous system growth and development could all be to blame for bedwetting in an older child who has never been dry at night. In these instances, a doctor may need to confirm the diagnosis, but time may be the only cure for wetting the bed.
In fact, a bedwetting habit is one of the rarest causes for an older child wetting the bed. If you suspect that your child is simply in the bedwetting habit, you can work to create a bedtime routine that includes reduced quantities of caffeine, waking the child before you go to bed to help him or her go to the bathroom, or even a bedwetting alarm. A doctor may be able to help with solutions and treatment options for older children who are wetting the bed out of habit.
Whatever the cause of your older child’s bedwetting, the most effective treatments will include patience and working with your child, instead of frustration and anger about the situation.
“Urinary Tract Infections ,” Canada.com.