Health Tip: Why Your Child Is Wetting the Bed06/28/11
(HealthDay News) -- Bed wetting is common in young children who
are learning to control the need to urinate during sleep.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says bed-wetting isn't
from naughty behavior or laziness. According to the academy, there
may be a medical problem behind the bed-wetting child's behavior,
- Having a family history of bed wetting.
- Having difficulty waking from sleep.
- Being under physical or emotional stress.
- Having a urinary tract infection.
- Experiencing slow development of the central nervous
- Having a hormonal imbalance.
- Having an abnormality that affects the spinal cord, the
urethral valve in boys or the ureter in girls or boys.
- Having a small bladder.
Reducing fluids before bed and having your child go to the
bathroom when starting the bedtime routine (and again just before
sleep) will often help reduce bed-wetting, the academy advises.
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