Friday 26 December 2014

Children who wet bed face problems at school

Danielle Stephens

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

If parents are concerned about bed-wetting they should discuss it with their GP.
If parents are concerned about bed-wetting they should discuss it with their GP.

Bed-wetting can have a serious impact on a child's ability to perform well in school, parents believe.

More than one in three parents (35pc) of children who wet the bed believe their kids are unable to do as well as other students.

Dr Joanne Nelson, consultant paediatrician in the Bon Secours Hospital in Galway, said 15pc of five-year-old children wet the bed.

A drop in self esteem and a disturbance in normal sleep patterns can have a negative impact on a child's ability to learn.

She also explained that 43pc of 457 parents surveyed reported their child was tired during the day, 33pc reported irritability in a child's behaviour, and 30pc said their child was overly emotional.

The findings were published on the same day a new Bedwetting Tracker app was launched

Among a list of measures that parents can do to help stop incidences of bed-wetting, Dr Nelson advises they use the Bedwetting Tracker App to measure how much a child urinates and how many times they do so during the night.

"Weighing the nappies and recording these figures on the app can help parents see if they need to change the amount their child is drinking in the evenings.

"It also helps if they can show this profile to a medical professional if they can't find the solution themselves," she said.

With back-to-school season in full swing, parents are worried of the impact of bed-wetting can have on their child's studies.

Around 12pc of parents, whose children wet the bed, reported their child had problems concentrating in school.

Everyone grows out of the bedwetting phase - and for most children it's only a problem for a short time.

"Simple things like the birth of a new baby, or starting school for the first time can cause a period of regression because that's how the body reacts," said Dr Nelson.

The research carried out by the Dry Nights for Smarter Days campaign also showed 26pc of parents inform their child's teacher of the bedwetting.

"If the condition is affecting the child's ability to adapt in the classroom, it would help the teacher understand and be more sympathetic towards the issue," said Dr Nelson.

If parents are worried about their child's bed-wetting should discuss treatment options with their GP.

Irish Independent

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