Take this true or false quiz to see how well you understand your child's bedwetting condition.
- True or false: If I wet the bed when I was younger, my child is at increased risk for bedwetting, too.
True. There is a strong genetic component to bedwetting, so if you wet the bed as a child, there's a good chance your child will, too. While 15% of children with no family history wet the bed at age 5, the risk can increase to 85% if both parents were bedwetters as children.
- True or false: The only option for a bedwetting child is to let them outgrow it.
False. An estimated 85% of children who wet the bed will still have this problem next year. But there's no need to deal with soggy sheets until your child becomes dry. There are a number of ways to effectively cut down on wet nights or eliminate them altogether.
- True or false: Threatening to take away your child's TV time is a good way to get them to stop bedwetting.
False. Bedwetting is a physical condition that your child cannot control. And it's also likely a condition that makes them feel a great deal of stress. Threatening to punish your child for wetting the bed won't help them stay dry, but it can make them feel even worse about the problem.
- True or false: Bedwetting can affect how my child does in school.
True. Children who have chronic bedwetting problems often see themselves as less competent in school than their non-bedwetting peers. And when it comes to education, a "can't do" attitude can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Lost sleep may also result in problems with paying attention and retaining new material.
- True or false: Sleepovers or camps are out of the question for bedwetters.
False. While your first instinct as a parent may be to keep your child at home to prevent them from embarrassing accidents in front of their peers, there are ways to allow for sleepovers, such as medications that can slow nighttime urine production so that they will not wet the bed.
- True or false: I can leave my child in diapers until they outgrow the problem.
False. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that children over 5 who continue to wet the bed regularly be taken out of diapers.