Has your child has started wetting after a long period of being dry? This is quite common as starting school can be a source of anxieties or stresses that can suddenly trigger bed wetting. Or they may just be very tired with a full busy day in the heat of summer.
There are a few reasons why your child may wet the bed, with some solutions at the end of this post :
Your child doesn’t wake up in the night
Your child may just not be getting the signal from their brain that wakes them up when their bladder is full and needs to be emptied. This may have been fine in the past, but with starting school or going back to school, they may be more tired than normal and just not waking up. Otherwise they may be worried about school and so not sleeping well and again being over tired. Finding out the reason is priority, (it could be social, bullying, or just a new place and new people) but whilst you do that, a bed wetting alarm can help as the alarm wakes up the child and they gradually learn the signals from the brain to start waking themselves up. Plus now school has started, get back into a routine of a regular bed time and one that isn’t too late.
Their bladder can’t stretch enough
If the bladder is restricted, then it won’t have enough space to stretch when it fills with wee. This means it may empty earlier during the night than if there were more room. This is quite common if your child is constipated. If their bowel is full of poo it can press into the bladder and limit space for wee.
It could be that your child is avoiding going to the toilet at school which can lead to constipation and bladder problems such as a UTI. (Urinary Track Infection). It is surprising how many children do not want to use the school toilets.
It is likely this secondary enuresis (begin wetting after being dry for a long period), will settle down as they grow used to life at school or get back into school routines. It is still important to check with your doctor to rule out any underlying physical causes including constipation and UTIs.