Bedwetting occurs more frequently in boys than in girls and Dr. Khoury says the problem typically stops once the child is motivated and ready to work on staying dry at night. “It’s not the kid’s being lazy or irresponsible” says Dr. Khoury. “It’s not a reflection of the child’s intelligence, and in fact, a majority of children with bedwetting say math is their favorite subject at school.”
In a child with a bedwetting issue, the communication between brain and bladder is incomplete and inefficient. You need the brain and bladder talking to each other so that the child can awaken in response to that stimulus. Dr. Tony Khoury explains how parents can help motivate their child to work on staying dry.
Bedwetting that continues beyond the age of 5 can impact a child’s self esteem and create a sense of isolation, according to Dr. Christopher Link, post-doctoral fellow in CHOC Children’s Pediatric Psychology Department. Dr. Link recently sat down with CHOC Radio host Bryan Mundia to talk about what parents can do to help their children cope with bedwetting.