Legend – Children who wet the bed are lazy.
Truth – Bed wetting has nothing to do with being lazy and not wanting to get up. An involuntary problem, This is caused when a child’s bladder control is slow to mature. Often times, chronic bed wetters are very deep sleepers and will not wake up to use the bathroom when their brain receives the message that their bladder is full. Calling your child lazy can lower their self-esteem greatly and lower their motivation to stop.
Legend – The only cause of bed wetting is drinking too many liquids before bedtime.
Truth – Though the consumption of liquids before bedtime, particularly those with too much
sugar or caffeine, should be limited, this alone is not the only cause. Limiting
liquid consumption is only a preventative measure for those who already have this
Legend – Children who wet their bed have deep emotional or psychological issues.
Truth – It is very rare that these children have psychological problems and they are more often
than not normal, healthy children with slow developing bladder control. It is possible, however, to develop low self-esteem and other emotional problems as a result of the
embarrassment of chronic bed wetting. There is also a form of bed wetting, known as secondary
enuresis, where a child who faces increasing levels of stress may begin wetting the bed as a
Legend – Using diapers or disposable underpants with a child who wets the bed will only encourage their habit.
Truth – Diapers and disposable underpants are not known to encourage bed wetting habits but act as a source of comfort. Not only do they prevent a child from waking up cold and wet, but they cut down on the amount of laundry and hassle involved with bed wedding, which can raise a child’s self-esteem.
Other Notable Facts:
Some studies have proven that three out of every four bed wetters came from a family with a history of it, suggesting that it may run in the family.
Eventually, most children tend to grow out of this and develop better bladder control and sleep less deeply, allowing them to wake up when their brains signal that it’s time to urinate.
Some bed wetters have functionally smaller bladders than other children their age so they are not aware that their bladder is full until after there has been an accident.
Some have insufficient amounts of the hormone that signals the kidneys to produce less urine while they sleep. Because of this, their bodies make more urine and they are more likely to wet the bed.
There are some medical problems, such as bladder infections, diabetes, constipation and spinal cord abnormalities, that are associated with bed wetting, though it is not common.