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Bed-wetting is a major problem for millions of families around the world. It can be a major inconvenience for parents. For children, however, it can be far more than that. If a child’s bed-wetting is not handled lovingly and sensitively, it can cause crippling wounds that can have long term ramifications.
As a parent, you may well be tearing your hair out trying to figure out how to cope with the frustrating nightly occurrence of bed-wetting. Yet, embarrassment may cause some to shy away from confronting the issue. Frustration may make the parent punish the child, only to find that this increases the bed wetting episodes.
With a little patience and understanding, however, the situation can be dealt with in a way that will leave the child feeling happy and confident and the parent on top of things. Here’s how. . .

(1) Understand the condition – the medical term for bed-wetting is nocturnal enuresis. It is defined as the involuntary nighttime emission of urine by a child old enough to control urination, that is over the age of 6. Doctors do not have a definitive cause for the condition. It is often the result of genetic predisposition. The insufficient production of the anti-diuretic hormone, the function of which is to concentrate the store of urine in the bladder and prevent it from overfilling is another contributing factor. An understanding of these things underscores the fact that bed-wetting is not a social behavior problem. The child is not being bad, so don’t punish him.
(2) Seek medical advice to rule out the possibility of an infection. The doctor will also test for food allergies.
(3) Exercise the bladder – try the following techniques :
(A) The child practices holding it in, resisting the initial urge to go to the toilet. This can actually increase bladder size.
(B) The child stops urinating mid stream. This exercise strengthens the bladder.
(4) Change the diet – no liquids after dinner would be an obvious first step. You should also reduce the child’s intake of caffeine which acts as a diuretic. Cut out all foods identified by the doctor as allergy problem areas.
(5) Medication – One of the most popular medically recognized treatments for bed-wetting is DDAVP (desmopresson acetate). It serves as a replacement for antidiuretic hormone, the urine-concentrating agent.

Bed-wetting is a real challenge for parents as well as children. By working through the problem systematically, however, you will be able to overcome the bed-wetting dilemma and, in the process, strengthen the bond with your child.