Bedwetting Statistics

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Bedwetting Facts & Statistics

Different studies have shown slightly different results when it comes to how many kids and adults wet the bed.  However they all agree on one thing, Enuresis is a massive problem that can have huge side effects on the bed wetter.

Some commonly reported figures show that; 10% of 7 year olds, 5% of 10 year olds and 1-2% of 15 year olds still wet the bed.

This means that in a school with grades from 1 to 7 and let us assume that there are 100 kids in each grade, there will be about 50 children ~ 7.3% wetting their bed.

 

What Causes Bedwetting?

  • Most Pediatric Department of the Hospitals around the world agree that the vast majority of bedwetting is the result of the waking response not being fully developed in all children that wet the bed.  This is often misunderstood as “the child is just a heavy sleeper” when in fact the signal that triggers the waking response is simply not developed fully yet.
  • 60% of children who wet the bed produce more urine during sleep than other children.  The amount of urine the bladder holds may be less than children who don’t wet the bed.
  • Bedwetting is hereditary.  If one of the parents was also a bed wetter, then their children are more likely to be bed wetters.
  • Some bed wetters might have less of a natural hormone called vasopressin also known as an antidiuretic hormone (ADH), so their body tissues retain less water during sleep. These children produce more urine during the hours of sleep than their bladders can hold. If they do not wake up, the bladder releases the urine and the child wets the bed.  But regardless of how much water their bodies retain, they still need to recognize that urge, to eventually respond like everyone else.
  • In some rare cases, there may be a physical problem that is the cause of the child’s bed-wetting. For this reason, it is very important that a qualified medical practitioner examines your child.
  • Fluid restriction in the evening doesn’t prevent the episode from occurring.

As the bed wetting happens during sleep the child has no conscious control over the bladder. In fact wetting the bed is NOT caused by:

  • being young for their age
  • laziness
  • bad behaviour
  • rebelliousness / being naughty, or
  • drinking after dinner.


Behavioral Problems Linked to Bedwetting

In a study presented to the Pediatric Association and published with the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health research was conducted on 10,960 children aged between 5 and 17 in the US.

Bed wetting was reported in 33% of the 5 year old children, 18% of the children aged 8, 7 % in the 11 year olds and 0.7% of the 17 year olds.

The study went on to correlate the behavioral problems with the frequency of bed wetting.  The study found that bed wetting in children aged 5 years or older, irrespective of its frequency, is associated with increased rates of behavioral problems.

The study concluded that although infrequent bed-wetting may not warrant medical intervention, this condition should prompt healthcare providers to explore behavioral problems in greater depth and their association with bed wetting.

 


Psychological Effects

Bedwetting takes a huge emotional toll on your child, leading to feelings of inadequacy, self-consciousness, depression, bad behavior and in some extreme cases even thoughts of suicide. One American study indicated that bed wetters rate this problem as extremely important in their lives. Only parental death, fights and divorce were rated higher in terms of significance to a bedwetting child.

Whether or not the bed wetter understands why they wet the bed, it’s a problem that they are likely to feel ashamed of.  After all, to hear their peers and siblings talk, wetting the bed is something babies do. And that is not a positive message for your child’s self confidence.

As bedwetting is so often accompanied by emotional problems such as low self-esteem or acting out, many mistakenly believe that these psychological problems are the cause of bedwetting, rather than the result.

Over time, the feelings of shame and embarrassment from bedwetting can result in a variety of problems that affect how your child feels about themselves, how they interact with their peers, and even how they perform in school.

Fortunately the Night Hawk Bedwetting Alarm offers parents and bed wetters a simple and relative low cost cure that is effective and fast and these psychological problems don’t have to fester for years and cause long term problems in later life.

The Night Hawk Bedwetting Alarm is the answer – and we guarantee it!