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What Causes Bedwetting in Teenagers?

1% of teenagers wet their beds

Most people who have reached their teenage years and are still experiencing bedwetting would more than likely have seeked out help or therapy as a child for the problem.

If the bedwetting stopped for a few years, then started up again as a teenager, going back to previous methods of controlling the problem are well worth a try. Failing this, new methods of and therapy ideas for stopping enuresis as a teenager can start to be considered.

Because teenager bedwetting can cause considerable social discomfort as the child gets older, it is important not to ignore the problem and hope it will go away on its own.

Teenage Bedwetting Facts

It is estimated that 1%, or 1 in every 100 teenagers, experience bedwetting.

  • Seek medical advice to find out if there are any physical conditions causing the bedwetting. It is rare for the majority of teenagers to have medical issues with their bladder or kidneys, but an examination by your doctor should still be the first step that you take when you want to find the cause – and a cure – for wetting the bed in your teens.

1% of teenagers wet their beds

Studies on Nocturnal Enuresis in Teenagers and Adolescents

There have been a number of studies done on adolescent nocturnal enuresis, including the causes and best potential treatments.

One interesting study from Korea concluded that the main causes of bedwetting in teenagers is very much the same as what causes it in much younger kids, and that the simple reason that most teenagers with bedwetting are still struggling with the problem is because their nocturnal enuresis at a younger age never abated like it does with the majority if young children.

In other words, most teens with enuresis are seeing a continuation of it from their childhood rather than having it suddenly start happening for other reasons.

Concerningly, the study found that teens with nocturnal enuresis had a higher rate of night time bedwetting than young children, as well as being more likely to experience incontinence during the day. The researchers concluded that young children with more serious forms of enuresis see the condition continue into adolescence where symptoms can worsen.

What about teens who start experiencing bedwetting but never had it as children?

This is where the study indicates what we expect: later onset enuresis is often the result of a specific health complication including “hormones, cardiovascular diseases, sleep and central nervous system dysfunction, and diverse urological causes”, of which the true cause can only be determined with medical diagnostics.

The study also found that those with adolescent and teenage nocturnal enuresis and/or daytime incontinence didn’t see it decrease naturally with time as it usually does with young children. Unsurprisingly, the researchers also found that those people experiencing any type of incontinence were more likely to experience stress, anxiety and depression.

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