Nocturnal Enuresis is just another way of saying bedwetting in children that are old enough to be already toilet trained. There are several causes of this condition including genetics but the bulk of the cases are caused by emotional issues.
Children may react to what they perceive as a trauma or anxiety ridden experience by being unable to control their bladders even though their systems have matured sufficiently to accomplish the task. In fact children may seem to be completely toilet trained and then revert back to bedwetting after one of these events occurs in their life.
Losing a parent in a divorce or through death, having a new sibling enter the family, child abuse, loss of a pet are all types of events that can cause nocturnal enuresis. In addition, high anxiety events like the first day at school, or the first time the child is left in someone else’s care like at day care or camp can trigger an episode.
Occasionally this problem will persist into the teens and that can have a major impact on how the child develops socially. It’s only natural that an older child who thinks that bedwetting is wrong would avoid situations where he or she might be discovered as a bed wetter like at camp or a sleepover. This can seriously impact on their ability to socialize and on their own self image.
Of course the first step in correcting nocturnal enuresis should be a trip to the doctor’s office. Finding the underlying cause of the condition is an absolute must if treatment is to be successful. In the meantime there are a number of incontinence products that can give the child the confidence that they can mingle with friends without worrying about embarrassing accidents.
Incontinence pants or pads can be used during the day and an incontinence mattress cover or pad can provide protection at night. In most cases children simply grow out of nocturnal enuresis as they mature emotionally. Providing incontinence products can help speed that process along.