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Teenage bed wetting and how to talk to your son about it

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Teenage bed wetting and how to talk to your son about it

No matter the age, bed wetting can be an embarrassing experience for your son. But it's especially troubling once he hits adolescence and moves into his teenage years. It's challenging for a father to broach such a sensitive topic with his son, but it's important you discuss it with him.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nocturnal enuresis affects roughly 4 percent of boys during adolescence, with the numbers falling to 1.5 percent by the age of 18. There are many factors that can contribute to nighttime bed wetting, such as problems with hormones and bladder issues.

Talk about the problem
For teenagers, bed wetting can become a serious self-esteem issue and can leave them feeling down about themselves, according to GoodNites. Sit down with your son and be as supportive as possible. Show him how to strip and wash his sheets because you want to keep his problem a secret between the two of you.

Establish a system
The key to working on bed wetting problems is to come up with an alarm system to avoid any further events. You can have your son set his own to make sure he uses the bathroom in the middle of the night. The Children's Health Network suggested that you could also help condition your son by waking him up when you go to bed.

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