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Just last week, my friend who is now a mum shared a rather curious problem with me. Her seven-year-old son Vardaan, a class II student had been peeing in his uniform every third or fourth day.
Naturally, he has been coming back home either crying or not wanting to go back to school.
"I don't understand why he is peeing in his class? We trained him to use the restroom when he was 4! He had no such problems before. And now he is ridiculed and teased by his friends," anguished his mum, a media professional in Delhi.
So what happened to him in these three years that changed his bladder control pattern?
We spoke to Dr Anjana Rao Kavoor, consultant psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, who shed light on exactly what was happening with Vardaan!
"Passage of urine into a child’s clothes or bed is considered developmentally appropriate among young toddlers. As they are toilet trained with passing years, they attain control and become independent. Most children attain bladder control by the age of 3. But when bedwetting or enuresis persists in children beyond the age of 5 years, it requires attention and treatment," explains Dr Kavoor.
She adds that while Vardaan's case was that of secondary enuresis where the child was already toilet trained and had few dry years before the symptoms recurred; there can be cases of primary enuresis where the child has not attained complete control over his/her bladder at all. "Bedwetting could either happen without conscious control or intentionally," she says.
Dr Kavoor explains that there are many triggers of Enuresis including external environment and sometimes even genetics.
"Stressors like starting a new school, divorce in parents, moving to a new place, birth of a new sibling or hospitalization at a young age in children are common and remediable causes of enuresis," she says as she lists some more common causes.
"Many children may spontaneously recover over time, but if the symptoms are causing a hindrance in their day to day functioning, it requires treatment," says Dr Kavoor as she further explains the treatments.
And remember that not only being aware, but understanding your child is also of utmost importance.
"Blaming or shouting at your child for bedwetting can further aggravate the condition and lower his/her self-esteem and confidence, leading to long term consequences. Seek timely help from a professional, if necessary," advises Dr Kavoor.
Read: Must-watch: Simple tips to potty-train a toddler in just a week!
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