Bed Wetting | Enuresis

The trouble with bed wetting is that it’s annoying, for everybody.  Often it is not associated with anything “wrong”, but simply the system is asleep, on a couple different levels.

There are instances, however, when something else is occurring that is responsible in full or part for the difficulty these children have during the night.

Debi Pearl reflects on her own story ->True Confessions of a Bed-Wetter

In this article, she “confesses” her own struggle with bed wetting as a child.  She talks of the shame she felt, and of the way her mother simply supported her until her body adjusted and maintained itself through the night.

Many of you have written us about the problem of your older children wetting their beds. Through our extensive social outreach we have persuaded one of these tormented souls to go public with her confession. You will read in her very own words the chronicle of her bitter struggle to rise above domestic shame and a wet mattress. – Debi Pearl, NGJ

My initial, gut response to this is that bed wetting, while embarrassing, should never result in the sentiments expressed here as domestic shame.  To be embarrassed is different than to feel shame. Though they go hand in hand, one is more extreme than the other.

My other initial reaction is that, if this person suffered this as a child, and then married and maintains herself within the teachings of this group, what else has gone on to contribute to her warped way of viewing life.



Nocturnal enuresis is a condition in which a person who has bladder control while awake urinates while asleep. The condition is commonly called bedwetting and it often has a psychological impact on children and their families. Children with the condition often have low self-esteem and their interpersonal relationships, quality of life, and school performance are affected.

Children achieve bladder control (continence) at different ages and usually achieve daytime continence before nighttime dryness. Most children are continent by the age of 4 or 5. Nocturnal enuresis is common and usually does not require treatment in children of preschool age who have achieved continence during the day.

Nocturnal enuresis is classified as primary (PNE) or secondary(SNE). In primary nocturnal enuresis, the child has never been consistently dry at night. If the child has experienced at least 6 months of dryness at night and then begins bedwetting, the condition is referred to as secondary nocturnal enuresis. Psychological issues and acquired medical conditions cause the development of SNE.

… Secondary nocturnal enuresis may be caused by psychological issues (e.g., death in the family, sexual abuse, extreme bullying) and is often associated with stress. It may also result from an acquired condition such as diabetes, overproduction of hormone by the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), seizure disorder (e.g., epilepsy), and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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