The reason for his reticence was that up until the age of 20 Connor regularly wet the bed at night. Although he no longer suffers from the problem, the shame and embarrassment he felt during those years had a huge impact on him. I wondered if it was something I was doing wrong and was going to get in trouble for it. Although most parents presume their child will be dry at night a few months after potty training, bed-wetting, or nocturnal enuresis as it is also known, is actually more common than you might think. Research shows that about half a million children in the UK between the ages of five and 16 regularly wet the bed.
Bed-wetting, also known as sleep enuresis, is a fairly common condition in young children and is seen as a sign of an immature, developing bladder. However, when adults wet the bed it is not only a devastatingly embarrassing condition but also often an indication of an underlying illness or a symptom of other untreated medical conditions. Bed-wetting that starts in adulthood secondary enuresis is uncommon and requires medical evaluation. According to Dr Albert Ndata, a general practitioner in Kigali, besides being an embarrassment, secondary enuresis can have long term effects on the social life of adults. It causes a lot of mental health issues for the affected person such as depression, anxiety, guilt and failing in relationships.
Nocturnal enuresis , also called bedwetting , is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control usually begins. Bedwetting in children and adults can result in emotional stress. Most bedwetting is a developmental delay —not an emotional problem or physical illness.
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