Why does night time wetting happen for some children?
Bedwetting can happen as a result of one or more of the following:
Inability to wake from sleep at the signal of a need to empty the bladder
Low night time levels of the hormone vasopressin, which results in the production of more urine overnight than their bladder can hold
An overactive bladder (OAB): This results in the bladder wanting to empty before it is completely full - often giving the child little or no warning
Constipation: The retained stool presses on the bladder reducing its capacity and affects its ability to store urine overnight
A urinary tract infection (UTI): An infection can irritate the bladder and make it want to empty more frequently
Anxiety and stress: This is often the cause of 'secondary bedwetting' which happens after the child has had a long period of being dry (at least 6 months)
Small bladder size: A small sized bladder will not have the capacity to store urine for the 10-12 hours the child is asleep
Inherited tendency to wet at night: We know for example that if one parent had a problem with bedwetting then there is approximately a 40% risk of any children also having a problem and that risk may increase if both parents had a bedwetting problem.
Monetary Loss: $45.