Bedwetting is a common problem that many parents will have to deal with at some point, but did you know that it is almost twice as common in boys? In most cases, they will grow out of it at a fairly young age but some boys do continue wetting the bed into their teens. It’s very uncommon for it to continue beyond that, so you usually just have to wait for it to pass. However, understanding why it happens in the first place can help you manage it and improve the situation for you and your child. These are some of the most common reasons why boys wet the bed.
Did you know that the majority of boys that wet the bed also have a parent, grandparent, or uncle that did the same? There has been research into this area and scientists have managed to locate specific genes that make people more likely to wet the bed. However, genes are not the full story and there are other factors involved. So, children are not guaranteed to wet the bed just because their parents did and they can still wet the bed even if none of their relatives did.
Nervous System Issues
If the nerves in the spine that affect bladder control are put under pressure by the spine, this can increase the chances of bedwetting in children. Even though they might be able to control their bladder during the daytime, they are unable to when asleep. If you take them to a chiropractor, they will be able to realign their spine and move the vertebrae that are putting pressure on the nerves. In many cases, you will find that the bedwetting issue goes away overnight.
Sometimes, bedwetting is a physical issue but it can also be a mental health issue. When children are under a lot of stress and they don’t have a good outlet for that stress, they are far more likely to wet the bed. If your child starts wetting the bed suddenly even though they never have before, think about whether something could be bothering them. Have you moved house recently? Are they starting a new school? If there isn’t anything that is immediately obvious to you, it’s a good idea to speak to your child and see whether there is anything they need to talk about.
If your child’s sleep is interrupted, they are more likely to wet the bed. So, if they can hear noise from the road outside or the television downstairs, that could be the cause of their bedwetting. It’s important that you create a relaxed sleeping environment for your child so they sleep soundly and they are not disturbed. Once you have a good sleeping routine in place, their bedwetting may stop.
On the other hand, children that are very deep sleepers are also more likely to wet the bed, and there isn’t much you can do about this.
Remember, bedwetting is something that your child will grow out of eventually, so you don’t need to panic about finding a solution. However, knowing the cause can help you manage it better, so it’s worth thinking about.