Nighttime bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is a common condition that can affect children and even some teenagers.
Those who are not familiar with the condition, however, can be quick to judge children, or their parents, who are affected by it. The misconceptions surrounding the root causes of bedwetting, and the challenges that come with it, make it a sensitive subject for many families.
At Vamio Health, we know these misconceptions are untrue, and we are here to help provide a better understanding of bedwetting and offer reassurance to individuals and families dealing with this situation.
Our team of board-certified pediatric urology specialists offer consultations and personalized bedwetting solutions via our convenient and secure telehealth platform.
Here are five common myths that we frequently hear about bedwetting:
Myth 1: Bedwetting is rare.
Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting and refers to urinary incontinence when you lose control or the functionality of your bladder. It is an extremely common condition affecting more than 5 million children over the age of six, and for some, even into the teenage years.
Myth 2: Children who experience bedwetting are lazy.
Bedwetting is not a result of laziness. It is a medical condition that is often related to a delay in nighttime bladder control. Bedwetting can be caused by various factors such as genetics, slower development of bladder capacities, hormonal imbalances, or even certain medical conditions.
Myth 3: Stress or anxiety causes bedwetting.
Stress is not typically the main cause of enuresis, but often bedwetting will put stress on families. Blaming a child for bedwetting can lead to unnecessary stress and can hinder their progress in seeking appropriate medical help.
When you notice that your child has a problem, it’s important to first seek an evaluation by your pediatrician and/or a pediatric urologist. They can perform a through exam to diagnose and/or rule out any concrete medical conditions that may contribute to bedwetting such as:
●Bladder or kidney issues
●UTIs (urinary tract infections) or other infections or illness
●Sleep issues like sleep apnea
Myth 4: Bedwetting will continue with my child into adulthood.
Experts agree that most children by the age of 15 will stop bedwetting on their own. However, taking action well before their teenage years and as soon as you notice a problem is highly advised. There are many effective options to help stop bedwetting like nighttime sleep alarms, managing fluid intake, and medication.
Myth 5: Bedwetting will resolve on its own, so no treatment is necessary.
While bedwetting can improve with time, it doesn't always resolve without intervention. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying causes and explore appropriate treatments. Behavioral therapies, medication, alarms, and other treatment modalities can significantly help in managing bedwetting and improving quality of life for children and families.
If you have concerns about your child’s bedwetting, our board-certified pediatric urologists can help you and your family find the right solution.
Vamio Health telehealth bedwetting solutions provide affordable access to highly specialized care in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Our board certified pediatric experts offer real-time bedwetting support and individualized treatment strategies to help you and your child get back to living life comfortably.
To schedule a bedwetting consultation, visit Vamiohealth.com.