I Was a Teenage Bed Wetter
I Wet the Bed
Right up until I was around 14 years old I had a problem, I knew that when I woke up in the morning that I would be lying in a puddle of my own urine. I was a bed wetter through most of my childhood years.
I was ashamed and I hated myself but no matter what I tried, I still woke up every day on a wet sheet stinking of my own pee.
I would get up strip my bed, put the bedding in the laundry basket, and take a shower or a bath before getting ready for school.
My parents knew about my bed wetting problem and they were very understanding about it, they even tried to get medical help for me but nothing ever worked.
The only thing that really helped was a rubber sheet which was there to protect my mattress from being ruined by my nocturnal bad habit.
Sheets Blowing in the Wind
The Problem with Bed wetting
Although wetting the bed is not dangerous to your health there is another embarrassing problem which is caused by it. In any of the stories that I have read about bed wetting this problem never seems to be mentioned.
Every parent knows diaper rash when baby has been wearing a diaper overnight he develops a painful rash around his private parts and around his inner thighs, Diaper rash is common in babies and as a bed wetter I often suffered from the same thing.
Diaper rash is very painful, I can attest to that, it feels like sunburn but in the most sensitive part of your body, even putting creams on to cool it down feels like someone is rubbing a naked flame up and down it. Walking is painful because your trousers are constantly rubbing against it with every step. Sometimes the rash was so bad that by the time I got to where I was going the blood would be running down my legs.
The only cure was diaper cream until it dispersed but sure enough it would be back a week or two later.
The diaper rash was not only painful but it was also embarrassing, I felt self conscious, particularly because I thought that I was walking funny, trying to keep my legs apart to stop the chafing and the pain.
Gym class was the worst, wearing shorts and hoping that no-one would notice the red marks on my thighs, but they always did and I always told them it was eczima because that is what my mom had told me to say.
Wetting The Bed
When Will My Child Stop Wetting The Bed?
Bed wetting or Nocturnal Enuresis is quite common in children up to seven years old, but it can continue through the early to late teenage years as it did in my case.
What Causes Bed Wetting?
There are many different thoughts on what causes a child to wet the bed from being a heavy sleeper to stress in the family home. Bed wetting can also be caused by slow growth and development of the bladder which means that it can't cold much water. Urinary tract infections, bladder or spinal cord abnormalities, seizure related disorders or diabetes can also lead to regular bed wetting. Your doctor should be able to run tests if he thinks that it can be a sign of a more serious problem.
If your child wets his bed at a time when you are sure that he should already have developed full bladder control even at night, the first thing to do is to seek medical advice.
Is There a Cure For Bed Wetting?
If a doctor finds an underlying physical cause for your Childs bed wetting, then he may be able to prescribe medication that will stop it.
If there is no physical cause then your doctor will often offer advice on how to try and stop it including the use of a moisture alarm which goes off as soon as your child begins wetting the bed, this is supposed to train your child to waken up when he/she has a full bladder.
Coping With Bed Wetting
It wasn't something we really talked about in my family and although my parents were supportive I still felt that I was still their dirty little secret, I was ashamed of myself and embarrassed by the whole thing and I even began going to bed naked so that I at least had clean pyjamas to put on when I got up in the morning, a habit that I still do to this day.
Plastic or rubber sheets below normal sheets will protect the mattress.
Try not letting your child have a drink at least 3 hours before bedtime avoid caffeine drinks, these are natural diuretics.
Make sure that your child goes to the toilet before going to bed.
Children feel bad enough wetting the bed never chastise or punish them for it.
Always remember that your child will naturally grow out of bed wetting even if it does take until they are a teenager.
No More Wet Beds
I did eventually stop wetting the bed when I was around fourteen years old and that was a major milestone for me, it did not happen overnight though, I had one dry night then a couple of days later another before long every night was a dry night.
My dry nights coincided with puberty I was starting to grow hairs on my body, my voice had broken and my genitalia was growing. My own theory for stopping the wet beds was the teenage boy problem, you know the one I would awaken with a strange sensation down below the waist and find that I needed to go pee.
Luckily for me none of my children have had to suffer the same humiliation and embarrasment that I went through.