While the stigma experienced by a child for wetting bed may in fact be all internal, it is still a real threat that can affect their livelihood and social development. This same issue can be transferred into depression and withdrawal; leading to their schooling and other curricular activities being hindered too. The root of the problem is often not a sign of immaturity or laziness, but rather an undeveloped link between the brain and the bladder; and that sudden urge to urinate. Those who experience nighttime issues may also experience daytime wetting as well. This can be an even more stigma inducing problem; which if detected could cause embarrassment and ridicule by peers. Further anxiety, stress and depression will only limit their ability to attack and correct the problem. Daytime wetting is often experienced by those who suffer from the “small bladder syndrome.” While the name might suggest the bladder is actually smaller than one’s peers; research has shown that this is not the case. The neurological link between the bladder seeming full and the signal it sends to induce urination to relieve oneself; simply happens far before the bladder is indeed ‘full.’
Complications and causes of bed wetting are usually pretty universal, and it is very rare that the cause is from a medical condition or injury. The problem has also been linked to genetics; as a parent may have wet the bed as a child, and still has occasional issues. It is also possible for the problem to re-emerge, where they experience adult bed wetting for various reasons. If a child is suffering from bed wetting it is important to look at the history of the parents and close relatives and see if there is a link. This may help to ease a child’s anxiety, knowing that their parent experienced and overcame it as well; strengthening their confidence. In any event, there should be no reason that a child feels stigma from the occurrences at home when it is scary enough for them to deal with the issues in a school, and from peers asking for them to spend the night at their homes. This can be a very difficult time and may leave them feeling as an outsider and not like the rest of their close youths. It is important to be able to talk with your child and assure them that they can conquer bed wetting.
If your child has friends at school and other venues asking him or her to spend the night or engage in away from the home activities that may induce worry and withdrawal, there are medications that can be prescribed to help with this scenario. A family practice doctor is always beneficial to see for these issues and can help to provide information that will allow a child to beat bed wetting and not let it hinder their social development with their peers. If you think the issue may be caused by a medical condition it is all the more important to schedule a visitor with the doctor as soon as possible.