Child Soaking

Bedwetting is one of the most common problems in children. According to research, 15 out of every 100 4-year-old children, 7 out of every 100 7-year-old children, and 2 out of every 100 15-year-old children in the world have bedwetting problems.

* The time and form of toilet training is very important.

Children are usually ready for toilet training between the ages of 18 months and 2-2.5 years. In order to understand whether the child is ready for toilet training, it is necessary to look at the level of physical and mental development with bladder control. If the child urinates adequately several times during the day instead of little by little, stays dry for 2-3 hours, expresses the toilet need with face, facial expressions or body posture, it shows that he has started to gain bladder control. Developed hand and finger skills, showing physical and body parts, imitating parents in simple tasks, and being able to implement given commands are the signs that the child is mentally ready for toilet training.

Most of the children with normal development report the need for toilet at the age of 2-3 years. However, when they have difficulty in maintaining bladder control from time to time, they may wet their bottoms. Bedwetting behavior at night is more common than during the day, as bladder muscles are more difficult to control at night.

Starting toilet training before 18 months, forcing the child to sit on the toilet, punishing the child when he/she wets the toilet, causes the child to experience fear and anxiety, and behavioral problems.

* Even though he gained the toilet habit…

It is thought that there are basically two reasons why a child who has been toilet trained has a bedwetting problem; The child is experiencing either an emotional or physical problem. However, contrary to what is thought, emotional problems do not take place in the first place among the causes of bed-wetting behavior.

First of all, it should be determined whether there is an organic problem. Febrile diseases, urinary tract infections, diabetes, neurological diseases lead to the behavior of bedwetting.

Bedwetting behavior caused by a physical problem is short-lived and temporary. It goes away with treatment of the disease.

The most important reason for bedwetting, especially in boys, is that it is hereditary. If one of the parents has this problem in the past, the probability of its occurrence in the child increases by 25%, and if both parents have it, it increases by 65%. It is seen that bedwetting, which is caused by genetic reasons, disappears during adolescence.

One of the reasons for bedwetting is that the child’s sleep is very deep and he does not realize that his toilet is coming.

However, if the child’s development is normal, if toilet training is given at an appropriate age, if there is intermittent bedwetting behavior at night and/or day even though he has completed toilet training, then it is considered to be of psychological origin. Reasons such as moving to a new place, divorce, death of a family member, the arrival of a new sibling or forcing or punishing the child during toilet training may bring up the problem of emotional bedwetting.

* When should bedwetting be considered a problem?

A child with a normal development is expected to achieve bladder control at the age of 2-3 during the day and at the age of 3-4 at night. If there is no physical problem and proper training is given, if bedwetting continues at regular intervals, it can be said that the child has a bedwetting problem.

* What should parents do, what should they not do?

As with many adjustment and behavior disorders, parental attitudes are of great importance in the problem of bedwetting. The problem experienced due to inappropriate parental attitudes may increase, new adjustment and behavioral disorders may occur, problems that affect personality development such as lack of self-confidence, excessive anxiety, and introversion may occur. Therefore, parents

  • from the oppressive attitude for the solution of the problem,

  • talking to others,

  • from cynical and condescending attitudes,

  • punishing the child for the problem,

  • comparing with children who do not have this problem,

  • imposing constant restrictions on their food and drink,

  • They should avoid interrupting the night’s sleep too often to keep to the toilet.

Instead of

  • giving positive messages every morning when he gets out of bed dry, “you’re great, I knew you could do this, I’m proud of you”;

  • By preparing a weekly schedule and marking only the days when he wakes up dry with a sun, star or a picture of his own choice, to enable the child to evaluate himself concretely,

  • Limiting fluid intake before going to bed, allowing him to go to the toilet before going to bed, and taking it to the toilet once or twice at regular intervals provide support for the child in solving the problem of bedwetting.

* When to seek expert help?

If the child has not regained bladder control even though he is 5 years old, if bedwetting starts suddenly and continues even though he has gained bladder control, if this situation affects the child’s self-perception, self-confidence, social relations, if the parent-child relationship is adversely affected, it is necessary to consult a specialist. must.

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