All children, regardless their gender will commonly suffer from bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis. However, boys who wet their beds are twice as many as girls who are wetting their beds during sleep. It is common for boys when they reach the age of 6 years old that they will be able to outgrow their bedwetting problem. However, there are boys who can’t outgrow their bedwetting problems even if they reach 6 years old and it can possibly be a result of something that is not related or part of the normal development.
Why are Boys More Prone to Bedwetting
Many people think or believe that boys tend to be lazier than girls when it comes to getting up at night to void, which is not true. Scolding and punishing their children every single time they wet their beds will not help in refraining their children from further wetting their beds. Belittling and punishing children who wet their beds can embarrass them. Children (both boys and girls) do not have control over their bedwetting situation, since bedwetting is not a behavioral problem but a medical problem.
It has been proven that bedwetting in boys can be a psychological problem, according to some studies and researches. Such psychological problem can be stress (extreme stress), grief, family problems, sexual abuse during their early years, and other emotional problems. Aside from those mentioned, bedwetting in boys and girls as well can be caused by night terrors and inappropriate age for toilet training.
Physical Causes for Bedwetting in Boys
There are a lot of cases or conditions that can cause bedwetting and one of which is physical causes, such as urinary tract anatomical abnormalities. Aside from anatomical abnormalities, physical causes for bedwetting also include infection in the urinary tract, urethral valve abnormalities, spinal cord injury and/or spinal cord abnormality, and a small urinary bladder size that can’t accommodate too much amount of urine.
Bedwetting in boys and other children can also be caused or aggravated by a lack of antidiuretic hormone production and release during sleep. The antidiuretic hormone or the ADH can slow down or decrease the production of urine during sleep, making people not to wet their beds as they sleep. For children who have a slow production and release of the antidiuretic hormone, there will be more than normal production of urine at night, making them more prone to wetting their beds.