What is Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis?
Waking up in a soggy bed after being dry for months can be a big shock for some children. But fortunately, for many kids, secondary nocturnal enuresis is a temporary setback, possibly triggered by a stressful event such as starting school, moving house, travelling or even attending a sleepover with friends.
In only a small number of cases secondary nocturnal enuresis - bedwetting again after six or more months of dry nights – is caused by a medical problem or a serious psychological issue.
The exact cause of secondary bedwetting is unknown. In some children there is no apparent reason for bedwetting again after they’ve learnt to control their bladders at nighttime. But some of the common causes of secondary nocturnal enuresis are thought to be:
Stressful events or incidents, good and bad, such as:
Physical conditions, such as:
Talk to your GP about secondary nocturnal enuresis
Sometimes there are other symptoms, but this is not always the case. Take your child to your GP for a thorough checkup to rule out any physical reasons for their secondary bedwetting, and/or to discuss any psychological disturbances that might be causing it.
Treatments for secondary nocturnal enuresis
First, talk it over with your child. They might have a few ideas themselves as to why they’re wetting the bed again. Ask them about any problems with school, friends or family. Encourage them to open up and discuss what might be worrying them. Then work on the solutions together.
DryNites website specialises in bedwetting and understands how difficult this time can be for both parents and children. Check out the website for more information on enuresis, self-esteem in children and read others bedwetting stories. Grab a free sample of DryNites Bedwetting Pyjama Pants or get all the information on bedwetting. Visit www.drynites.co.nz.