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What is Bedwetting?

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What is Bedwetting?

What is bedwetting? Bedwetting (also called nocturnal enuresis) happens when the bladder empties without permission during sleep. Bedwetting is very common with approximately 1 in 5 children in Australia wetting the bed. Bedwetting is a complex condition that can often be a source of worry for parents and children. For parents, the main concern is often the emotional and social effects on their children. Children can experience feelings of embarrassment that can lead to low self-esteem. There are also other issues of sleep disruption, laundry workload and costs to contend with as well.  Day-time control of the bladder comes before night-time dryness. Most children...

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The teenager with a bedwetting problem

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The teenager with a bedwetting problem

Around 1 in 100 adolescents wet the bed. They are slightly more likely to have behavioural problems but these could well be as much due to the bedwetting as causing it. There is a range of reasons why past treatments may not have worked and professional advice and assessment is recommended. If you are caring for a child with special needs and incontinence, practical tips and advice are available to assist you with your care. Read more on caring with someone with incontinence. What are the reasons for teenagers wetting the bed? The reasons for bedwetting among teenagers are the same reasons for...

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Tips for bedwetting children who want to enjoy a sleepover

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Tips for bedwetting children who want to enjoy a sleepover

Bedwetting Bedwetting (also called nocturnal enuresis) happens when the bladder empties without permission during sleep. There are three main reasons this occurs: The inability to waken to a full bladder. The bladder becomes overactive at night and cannot store urine. The kidneys make a large amount of urine at night and the bladder has difficulty holding this. It affects approximately 19% of children between the ages of five and twelve years of age. Sleepovers and school camps are an important part of school life in Australia. This can be a very exciting time. However, for children who continue to wet...

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