There is a time when parents fervently want to be able to take diapers out of their children and that they learn to go to the bathroom by themselves. But beyond the process that can be shorter or longer, there are times when they continue to pee, or even poop several months or even years after removing the diaper.
Although in some cases it may be an organic problem, in the vast majority it is emotional aspects that make this learning difficult. We are talking about enuresis. Here you have 6 things you should know about enuresis in childhood.
1- We speak of enuresis as the involuntary emission of urine, which occurs in the child due to lack of sphincter control and encopresis when the child poops in the diaper, panties or briefs, instead of in the bathroom.
2- In both cases, these are disorders that occur more frequently in boys than girls.
3- The child must be over 4 years old to be diagnosed, since it is only there that children obtain complete control of the sphincters.
4- The frequency that children suffer from this disorder is very high, affecting according to research almost 15% of 6-year-olds, 5% up to 10 years and 2% to children up to 12 years.
5- It is a disorder that greatly bothers parents but also children who do not dare to go to their friends' houses to play or stay to sleep for fear of embarrassment.
6- In cases of organic enuresis, they refer to a slightly slower maturation of the body but in cases of psychological enuresis, we are mostly facing conflicts that are related to anxiety, family conflicts and stressful experiences in general. Sometimes parents are not aware that the child may be suffering stress at school, due to conflicts with siblings or caregivers, we get angry and scold them and this only worsens the situation.
- Parents must once ruled out organic causes be patient and accompany the children in the process.
- Talk to teachers and caregivers so that they have the same attitude no matter how difficult it is.
- Let's avoid making the child feel bad and strengthen their self-esteem On the positive side, help them with educational books or videos and consult a psychologist if they cannot overcome the situation alone.
- But above all remember that it is never just about "the child". When there are problems we must remember that we are a family system and that we must move some pieces so that later others move. Don't lose patience! Who Said Breeding Would Be Easy?
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