An 11 year old child who is still wetting the bed is in the minority, but it by no means indicates that there is anything seriously wrong.
Once medical causes have been ruled out as a cause of bedwetting in a child of around eleven years of age, other possible reasons can be considered and addressed.
In many cases, there may be an obvious trigger or underlying reason for the child still wetting his bed at this age. At other times, it could be something that runs in the family. That doesn’t mean it’s untreatable; it just means you will need to look into the various training techniques available until you find something that works for your child.
An 11 year old who wets bed every night is going to experience a high degree of anxiety and stress – taking care of a child’s mental health in this situation is vital. By 11 years of age, a boy is likely to be wanting to attend camps, sleeping over at friend’s house, and other social events that he may be too nervous and embarassed to attend because of nocturnal enuresis.
The effect on the psychology of a child in these circumstances is quite negative, and can result in them becoming withdrawn and depressed. Needless to say, focusing on both getting to the bottom of halting the bedwetting, plus instilling a positive frame of mind in the child is so vital at this stage.
Reasons that an 11 year old might wet their bed include:
Like many disorders, bedwetting can indeed run in the family. If either parent had a bedwetting issue when they were a child, then there is a chance that your child can also experience the same problem. There is nothing you can do about genes, but there are certainly things you can do to essentially train your child to stop their bedwetting. This can include behavioral therapy as well as effective devices like bedwetting alarms.
2. Smaller than normal bladder capacity or increased urine production
A child with a small bladder capacity will have trouble holding in what would normally be considered a normal amount of fluids. On the flip side, even if the bladder capacity is a normal size, some kids have a low level of a particular hormone (vasopressin) which works to concentrate and reduce urine volume at night so these kids end producing twice the amount of normal urine each night – something even a normal bladder capacity will struggle to contain.
3. Deep Sleeping
Heavy sleeping is a trait that can often be seen in children who wet the bed. These children are often more difficult to wake up, and parents may have noticed this being the case over the years. While having a good sleeping child is every parent’s dream, if it comes with an issue of bedwetting and this is believed to be a contributing factor, steps may need to be taken to in order to help the child develop a habit of being able to wake when their bladder is full.