Virtually, everybody at one particular time in his or her life suffered from enuresis. Some people might suffer it for a long time while some suffered it just for few months. As adult, the signal the brain receives when the bladder is filled up during the night is very strong but it is weak in children. When the bladder of an adult is filled during the night, the brain will receive signal to wake you up and it does that in a number of ways. You may start dreaming about visiting the toilet and other dreams relating to convenience or you may feel pain and discomfort in your bladder and suddenly, you will wake up. But this is not the case in children. The signal the brain gets and sends is not so intense as to wake them up from sleep. When the bladder became filled up to the brim, it has to look for outlet and the child will pass the urine during sleep.
Over the years, a number of myths have been generated in various cultures about bedwetting. Most of these myths are not scientifically based and should not be believed. Here are some of the common bedwetting myths that you should not listen to.
- Bedwetting is unusual
Some people see bedwetting as unusual occurrence rather than a natural occurrence. This is far from the truth. It is not unusual for a child to wet the bed during sleep at night. Being unusual means that a child who wets the bed at night is not normal. By implication, most adult were not normal as children owing to the fact that most of them wet the bed. Bedwetting is normal even though, it can become a medical condition when a person still suffers from enuresis at a particular age in life. For example, it is not normal for a 20 year adult to still suffer from enuresis. It is an abnormal occurrence. But it is not abnormal for a child of 10 years to suffer from enuresis. It is more appropriate to say that bedwetting at a certain age is normal since greater percentage of adults passed through the stage.
- Laziness is the main cause of bedwetting
Bedwetting is not caused by laziness or inability of a child to pay attention to the signal sent by the brain. As it has been explained above, the signal received by the brain is not strong enough as to wake a child up. Besides, it has also been discovered through research that the bodies of children do not produce enough vasopressin which is a hormone that helps in reducing urine production in the body. In other words, this shows that the physiology of children is different from that of adult in many aspects. So, it is not caused by laziness. Another research has also shown that bedwetting is hereditary.
- Bedwetting is a manifestation of psychological maladjustment
It is not true that the inability of a child to wake up at night in order to urinate when the bladder is filled is a sign of antisocial tendencies or psychological maladjustment as some people think. Even though, stress can result in bedwetting, bedwetting does not indicate any psychological maladjustment.