Bedwetting in Asperger Children
Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is one of the many challenges that a child with Asperger faces. Bed wetting in Asperger Children is common. Many of these children experience difficulty toilet training and may have trouble achieving day time dryness, let alone, nighttime dryness.
There are many reasons why a child with Asperger finds toilet training tough. One of reasons is that these children are not great imitators. So, unlike neurotypical kids who would love to imitate the grownups in everything they do including potty training, these children may not be able to do so. Another reason is that these children don’t feel the wetness and can sleep through it. Many of these children are also hypotonic. Asperger’s Children has a condition that includes a lax form of muscle control as well as a failure to respond or recognize stimuli (e.g., the need to urinate).
What Causes Bed wetting?
The reasons for bedwetting in Asperger children are not very different from children with normal development. Some of the common factors that could be causing bedwetting in Asperger children are as follows:
- Failure to recognize a full bladder
- Small Bladder
- Lack of Anti-diuretic hormone
- Severe Constipation
- Sleep apnea
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
When you should be concerned
Usually, bedwetting is not a concern until age 4 or 5. But if your child continues to wet beyond age 4, or has started wetting the bed suddenly after being dry for at least for six months then you have to be concerned. Keep a track of all signs and symptoms. If your child is wetting because of an infection such as UTIs or constipation or any other medical reason, treating that infection might help. Some of the other signs and symptoms can be-
- Experiences day time wetting
- Pees too frequently,
- Complains of pain or burning feeling during urination
- Has swollen ankles and/ or feet
- Drinks or eats more than the usual
Dealing with bedwetting in Asperger children can be more challenging. However, patience and positive reinforcement with a right treatment plan includes Bedwetting alarms that can help your child achieve success. Look for wearable bedwetting alarm or bedside bedwetting alarm possible bedwetting treatment options for your child that a child is comfortable with.
Before choosing a treatment, understand the pros and cons. Medicines do have side effects, while a bedwetting alarm offer a long-term solution, Also, find out if any lifestyle changes or home remedies such as adjusting your child’s diet, encouraging double voiding before bed time and regular toilet breaks during the day, can help your child over come bedwetting. When you have a bedwetting child you may like to look for waterproof mattress pads that can save your bed from stains.