Exeter Hypnotherapy for Bedwetting
Bedwetting - Nocturnal enuresis affects more than half a million children in the UK. it occurs mostly within the age range of five to sixteen with up to 16% of 5 year olds; 14% of 7 year olds; 9% of 9 year olds and 1%-2% of teenagers wetting the bed. The effect of this on a child can be quite profound, leaving them with feelings of shame and embarrassment. They are often unable to enjoy staying over at friends' houses or going on school holidays which can isolate them from their peers and may well have lasting impact on their self esteem and confidence that may well carry forward into their adult life.
What Causes Enuresis?
Many factors may be involved in the development of enuresis. Involuntary, or non-intentional, release of urine may result from:
- A small bladder
- Persistent urinary tract infections
- Severe stress
- Developmental delays that interfere with toilet training
Voluntary, or intentional, enuresis may be associated with other mental disorders, including behavior disorders or emotional disorders such as anxiety. Enuresis also appears to run in families, which suggests that a tendency for the disorder may be inherited (passed on from parent to child, particularly on the father's side). In addition, toilet training that was forced or started when the child was too young may be a factor in the development of the disorder, although there is little research to make conclusions about the role of toilet training and the development of enuresis.
Children with enuresis are often described as heavy sleepers who fail to awaken at the urinary urge to void or when their bladders are full.
How Common Is Enuresis?
Enuresis is a common childhood problem. Estimates suggest that 7% of boys and 3% of girls age 5 have enuresis. These numbers drop to 3% of boys and 2% of girls by age 10. Most children outgrow this problem by the time they become teens, with only about 1% of males and less than 1% of females having the disorder at age 18.
How Is Enuresis Diagnosed?
First, the doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical exam to rule out any medical disorder that may be causing the release of urine, which is called incontinence. Lab tests may also be performed, such as a urinalysis and blood work to measure blood sugar, hormones, and kidney function. Physical conditions that could result in incontinence include diabetes, an infection, or a functional or structural defect causing a blockage in the urinary tract.
Enuresis also may be associated with certain medicines that can cause confusion or changes in behavior as a side effect. If no physical cause is found, the doctor will base a diagnosis of enuresis on the child's symptoms and current behaviors.
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