Bed wetting teens are a special case, but not in a positive way unfortunately. They’re not a life and death type of situation either, but teenagers who wet the bet are an issue that needs immediate attention.
Nocturnal Enuresis (mainly known as “bed wetting”) usually fades away with time. It starts around the age of 4 or 5 and by the age of 7 at the latest, it usually disappears (or it gets treated). It might even last longer if not dealt with accordingly, but to constantly wet the bed as a teenager is more than a simple PNE (Primary Nocturnal Enuresis). This is the sign of a serious problem (usually health related). And seeing the doctor is an understatement.
Deep sleep cycles and weak bladder control are enough reasons for PNE to manifest in healthy children. Bed wetting teens, however should take into account various forms of illnesses, diseases or organs’ malfunctions. These are all possible causes for bed wetting in young people (in grown-ups as well), and only doctors can diagnose them properly.
Bed Wetting Teens – A Delicate Situation
During the teenage years, many teens are particularly sensitive about problems with their health. Wetting the bed can be devastating for them, ruining their confidence and self esteem. They will become more reclusive in their social circles, as they fear the teasing they would endure if their friends or classmates found out about their problems.
Because of that, it is vital that parents are as supportive of their teens as possible while they are being treated for bed wetting. Many parents will encourage the use of plastic sheets on their teens beds. Bed wetting diapers are also very useful to limit the mess as much as possible, should the parents be able to convince the teens to wear them.
Until the specific cause of bed wetting is discovered, it is recommended that parents treat the bed wetting tendency as Primary Nocturnal Enuresis, and act accordingly. Below are some tips to help your teen cope with the issue easier:
Training And Behavior
- use behavioral training to encourage the teens body to awaken them in time to use the washroom
- just like in the case of young children, it is vital that as a parent you never show anger or frustration to teenagers who suffer from bed wetting. When you’re angry, you’d better not show up at all
- both parents should actively take turns to ensure that there is always someone who can help the teen calmly deal with the lifestyle changes they must make.
- cut off drinks containing caffeine. Caffeine can encourage excess urination
Alarms – Good For Bed Wetting Teens
- bed wetting alarms are very popular among bed wetters, and for good reason. Use them to alert the teen that they have made an accident in bed so they can discreetly clean the mess up on their own. This can grant bed wetting teens the sense of privacy they need to keep their self esteem.