Do you have a bedwetter in the house?

 
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Bedwetting is occurring at 5-10% of pupils of the elementary school and the big culprit is constipation! Difficult to recognize, especially when your child is having a daily poo. But what matters is what your child is pooping and not that your child is pooping. Poo which varies of consistency and size may be a sign of constipation.
 

Why are constipation and bedwetting related?

When the bowels are full of poo this may cause dilatation of the last part of the large intestine (the rectum) and resulting in irritation or entrapment of the bladder. That way there will be less space in the bladder causing malfunctioning. Due to this your child is losing control of the bladder and will have difficulties in recognizing the urge to pee in time. 

Medical problem?

In 1% of the bedwetters an underlying medical/anatomic problem is playing a part. Think of sleep apnea, snoring, neurological problems like epilepsy or reduced bladder capacity during night time. Also a urinary infection may be a culprit. Medication in order to diminish the bedwetting may be described, but a side effect is constipation. So it is important to rule out constipation as cause for the bedwetting in case you want to administer this medication.

Sensitive children…

Children familiar with a sensitivity for stimuli, just like you can see with autism disorders or ADHD, may find more trouble in staying dry during the night. These children show in daytime withholding behaviour and are sensitive to situations of stress (positive and negative). Also fear for failure and a lack of structure and boundaries at home and at school, may cause stress and withholding behaviour. The withholding behaviour can give constipation and a dilated rectum. This in combination with complete relaxation during night time after a busy day, may lead to bedwetting. 

Bedwetting is not a behaviour problem!

Bedwetting has nothing to do with defiant behaviour or being lazy. Punishments and rewards won’t help, because bedwetting is not a behaviour problem. Sleeping to deep which could cause not passing the signal to pee is not true; what about all those children who are deep sleeping and are no bedwetters? Neither an immature bladder is a cause; at a healthy child in the age of four years the bladder is matured. Let your child sleep in its wet bed or just ignoring the bedwetting, won’t help your child in outgrowing the bedwetting. On the contrary it may give your child an extreme unhappy feeling; the feeling that its parents are indifferent to him or her. No parent wants this.

Do you want to know more about bedwetting and discover how to solve a bedwetting problem by treating a poo problem? Follow my SuperPooper Plan containing an online video training and a digital workbook. For your child you’ll get the SuperPooper Book and the SuperPooper App. 

TIPS

#1 Check for medical causes, even if this occurs only in 1% of the bedwetters.

#2 Check for one week the poo of your child; any hesitation of possible constipation? Go and see your GP for examination. If this is the case, start a treatment with laxatives. Constipation has seldom a medical cause. 

#3 Tell your child it is not to blame; explain that bedwetting mostly has a physical cause and that constipation may play a part in the bedwetting and that using laxatives is helpful.

#4 Talk to your child about possible stress (situations); show your child your understanding and tell your child that you will manage together; give recognition.