It may be a cause for concern to find out that your little one has wet himself while you’re at the park. Some even consider this a pressing concern.
Diurnal enuresis, or daytime wetting as most of us know it, occurs in more than three percent of healthy kids. Many parents, however, think that daytime urinary incontinence is caused by laziness or other behavioural issues. Having to bring extra nappies and cloth wipes every time you go out with your child may become a hassle after all.
Doctors, however, explain that this case may have more serious causes. Below are some of them.
An overactive or underactive bladder can cause urinary incontinence. A bladder that is not performing its function properly has trouble holding urine. The bladder’s function gets affected when kids become occupied with play and other activities that they forget to go to the bathroom. When they hold their urine for too long, it may cause them to wet their pants.
You know that some kids deliberately suppress their bladder, as they’re preoccupied with certain activities. Suppressing the urine may stress the bladder and the outlet valve. And when it’s time to empty the bladder, the stressed outlet valve keeps the bladder from emptying completely. The remaining urine will only leak when the valve is relaxed. The habit must be addressed immediately, as it may lead to infections.
Stress triggers also cause daytime wetting. This is more of a psychological issue, and it usually happens when the child is faced with anxiety-inducing situations, such as the first day of school, meeting a bully, or moving to a new place.
The first step to helping your child is to reassure him that it’s normal. Don’t punish him, as it will only induce higher levels of stress. If there’s no improvement under your behavioural modification techniques, consult a specialist. This is to determine if the problem is medical in nature.