Seeing a urologist is an important part of determining the root cause of consistent bedwetting.
Bedwetting can be an inconvenient and embarrassing problem, and it can occur in both children and adults (even though it is most common in children). There’s a variety of possible causes of bedwetting, but most causes are related to:
When children are younger and can’t control their bladder as well as they can when they are older, they sometimes wet the bed. However, there are times when a medical condition or stress can cause children to wet the bed. One way to determine if there is a problem is to record the number of times the incidents occur and what took place during the day that could cause the child to wet the bed.
Common stressors include storms during the day or in the evening, issues with a peer at school, or fighting at home. Unfortunately, there is often no real cause as to why children wet the bed sometimes. In most cases, it is a phase that children go through. Younger children might not understand that they need to get up to use the bathroom at night because they are accustomed to wearing a diaper of some kind while sleeping. Until the body and mind sync up, bedwetting can occur. Most of the time, a developmental issue is at the root of why children sometimes wet the bed, which means that this issue should be addressed by going to the doctor or talking about possible emotional issues that are present.
Children can go through two different types of bedwetting. During primary wetting, the child simply carries over to wetting the bed after the baby and toddler stage of life without any interruptions. In the secondary stage of bedwetting, the child is dry at night for several months, or even several years, before wetting the bed again. This type of bedwetting often occurs when there is an underlying health or emotional issue, such as being bullied at school or worrying about something at home. Some children have smaller bladders than others and aren’t able to hold as much urine for a long period of time. When children don’t use the bathroom during the day, they tend to wet the bed at night because they have held so much urine in the bladder.
What About Adult Bedwetting?
Adults can usually tell when they need to use the bathroom at night instead of not getting up and wetting the bed. When adults experience bedwetting, there is usually some kind of health condition that prevents the bladder from holding the urine until the next trip to the bathroom.
Some conditions cause an involuntary release of urine, especially at night during sleep. Most of the time, adult bedwetting is caused by an issue with the bladder, such as a blockage or an infection. Diabetics tend to wet the bed more than other adults. Additionally, an enlarged prostate can have an impact on how often adults urinate and can make it difficult to hold urine at night. A urologist can perform tests to determine if there is something physically wrong that is causing the bedwetting to occur.