SCHOOL EXAMS AND BEDWETTING – NOT EXACTLY THE COMBINATION MOST TEENAGERS CRAVE.
When exams hit, it can feel as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel. And then there is the night time; the time when your busy brain desperately needs to process everything and then rest. If you’re not enjoying completely dry nights there is less chance for this to happen, which makes you overtired and stressed, which can exacerbate night time accidents. It’s a vicious cycle.
What should you do?
Take action. Exams feel like the be-all and end-all at times. While doing well at school is important, it is never more important than your health and well-being. If you feel stressed and anxious, please talk to someone. If you have any questions, our expert Dr. Cathrine is here to help.
What causes bedwetting?
If your child is going through a bedwetting phase, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it. The short answer is that it’s usually down to a minor developmental delay, which will straighten itself out over time. It’s quite rare for bedwetting to be caused by an underlying medical condition. The most common form of bedwetting is called primary nocturnal enuresis. This refers to when a child has never been dry at night. Common causes are things like genetics, a neurological development delay between the bladder and brain, or the underproduction of the antidiuretic hormone ADH that signals to the kidneys to produce less urine at night. The other type of bedwetting is secondary nocturnal enuresis. This refers to a child who has been dry for six months or more, and then starts to wet the bed. This is typical the result of underlying medical issues or by emotional factors. For children with primary nocturnal enuresis, it means your child’s bladder capacity has not developed to the point of being able to hold urine overnight. Children who wet the bed at night may have a nervous system that is slow to process the feeling of a full bladder. So your child does not wake up or respond to the messages sent from their bladder to their brain saying its full and needs emptying. As their body matures the messages sent from the bladder start to get through and your child learns to wake and go to the toilet. Most children who experience bedwetting haven’t reached this developmental stage yet. But don’t worry, they’ll get there soon. While deep sleeping certainly plays a role in bedwetting it is not the primary cause of why it happens in the first place. Deep sleeping just makes it even harder for children to response to the signal sent from their bladder telling them to ‘wake-up’. Secondary nocturnal enuresis is a little more complex. If your child has been dry at night for six months and they relapse back to bedwetting, it’s often a sign of emotional problems or stress. Common catalysts include big events, such as moving house, a new sibling, or starting school. Stressful situations, including tension in the home, death of a family member or pet, or being bullied at school can also cause your child to start wetting the bed again. Other causes of secondary bedwetting include minor medical conditions, such as constipation or a urinary tract infection. In very rare cases, bedwetting can be caused by diabetes. One thing to remember through all of this is that the cause is never laziness. It’s important to remain calm and not to take out any frustration on your child, even though it can be a real pain to change sheets every night. Provide some extra support to your child by using DryNites® Pyjama Pants or BedMats. It gives them a little more independence and they’re an effective safety net at night.Read transcript +
SET YOURSELF A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Even though sleeping all the way through the night without interruption may be hard for you, it’s a good idea to give yourself a fighting chance. Take a warm bath before bed, read a book or listen to a relaxing podcast and, if necessary, put on some bedwetting pants or a bed mat, for peace of mind.
DON’T TRY AND COPE ON YOUR OWN
Chatting with a trusted friend or parent can help put things back into perspective. Trying to manage things on your own can exacerbate feelings of isolation and stress.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF
Eat well, get some form of regular exercise, and take time to relax whenever you can. Treat yourself the way you would treat anyone you love.
LEARN TO RECOGNISE WHEN YOU’RE STRESSING OUT
Remember the signs and train yourself to calm down. Listen to music, close your eyes, slow your breathing down… re-centre yourself.
DryNites® Pyjama Pants
DryNites® Pyjama Pants are a discreet, comfortable and absorbent form of bedtime protection.
DryNites® Bed Mats
DryNites® Bed Mats combine the security of a bed protector with the convenience of a single-use disposable cover.