Children And Sleep Disorders: The Implications Of Bedwetting

August 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Sleep Disorder Info

Bedwetting is a children’s sleep disorder that is characterized by wetting the bed during sleep. Infants and toddlers always urinate while they sleep. This is not children’s sleep disorder but instead a result of an underdeveloped bladder. Babies’ bladders are still too young to be able to hold and retain the amount of liquid they consume a few hours before they sleep compared to those of adults and older children.

The children’s sleep disorder of bedwetting occurs with children who have already mastered controlling their urge to pee to some extent or during sleeping time. There are actually several reasons why this children’s sleep disorder occur. Young children with sleep disorders almost always can blame some psychological aspect of his or her life. Although this can be attributed to bedwetting, the reasons can also be physical, instead of wholly psychological.

Reasons For Bedwetting

The children’s sleep disorder of bedwetting can be attributed to psychological upheavals or emotional trauma that a child may have been exposed to recently. A child who has initially mastered his bladder and suddenly does a complete turn around and wets the bed frequently, may have had experienced some form of upset or trauma. This children’s sleep disorder is triggered when the child may have been scolded severely and he is emotionally unbalanced by the scolding or may have been scared by something or someone. In some cases, a terrorized child may even wet himself or herself while awake when he is reminded by the trauma or horror that he has experienced.

Another reason why this children’s sleep disorder may occur is that the child may actually still have an under developed bladder and may have some difficulty controlling it when he or she is unconscious or asleep. Yet another reason for the occurrence of the children’s sleep disorder is the presence of a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection is an infection that occurs when the urinary tract is exposed to germs and dirt. An infection makes the passing of urine involuntary at times.

Bedwetting can hamper a child’s emotional and psychological growth since he or she may feel ashamed of the fact that he or she still wets the bed. This adds to the insecurities and emotional bonds that contribute to bedwetting. This children’s sleep disorder may eventually resolve itself without any interference from the parents but the underlying reason, which is psychological or emotional may still be there.

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