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Can bedwetting cause a rash?

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Repeated bedwetting can cause irritation to the skin, potentially resulting in a rash or inflammation.

It’s not the bedwetting itself that can have your child or yourself suffering from a rash.

It’s the length of time that the urine stays exposed to the skin. Unless pants, underwear and clothing are changed regularly (obviously this is extremely difficult during the night), urine will tend to pool and absorb in one or a few spots. As it stays there for many hours all night, skin irritation can occur.

Is your bedwetting child developing a rash?

Or are you an adult suffering from nocturnal enuresis and are now suffering from a rash as well?

Rashes are not uncommon in bedwetters, but the itchiness and irritation can make the problem of wetting the bed a whole more uncomfortable than it already is. If left untreated, infection can develop.

Wetbedsolutions is not a provider of medical information – if your child or you has developed a rash because of bedwetting, see your doctor. Creams and ointments or other treatments as advised by your medical professional can bring about quick relief from bedwetting rashes.

What else can you do to help your child deal with bedwetting rashes?

Firstly, a good wash every morning is essential. You want to remove all traces of urine and let the skin breathe and be clean.

Depending on your child’s age, a quick bath and a gentle sponging of the area will remove that urine build up. Older children may prefer to cleanse themselves.

No chemicals are needed – just simple soap and warm water. Pay attention to areas where the urine is likely to pool during the night.

If a child is wearing aborbant pants, the most common areas for uring pooling are the tops of the legs and the waist where the elastic bands of the pants are.

Bedwetting rashes can be controlled with good regular hygiene and, if required, an over the counter cream or ointment as advised by your doctor. Once a rash has cleared up, maintain excellent hygiene with daily morning washing, and ensure your child (or you, if you are a bedwetting adult) always wears clean and fresh undergarments before bed each night.


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