My worry aside, the worst part about this is seeing just how ashamed and embarrassed my son is. The last thing he wants is for anyone to find out about this, including a doctor. Like if a kid is embarrassed to go or he goes to a school that might have weird restrictions on using the bathroom. See, holding their poop causes a stretching of the colon that can cause residual backup, which can cause bladder overactivity.
The medical name for wetting the bed is enuresis pronounced: en-yuh-ree-sis. Bed wetting is fairly common among ordinary, mature and healthy teenagers with one in every wetting the bed at some stage. It can be embarrassing and difficult to talk about, even to your family or best friends. It can make a simple camping trip or sleepover something to worry about instead of look forward to. Teenage bedwetting doesn't mean there is something abnormal about you. Something can be done to help you, even if you think you have tried everything. There are new solutions and treatments available.
Wetting the bed can cause stress at any age. But what if you are a young adult hiding it from your friends? Teenagers who wet the bed at night, experiencing a condition known as nocturnal enuresis, may feel even more embarrassed than younger children about not staying dry at night.
All children with daytime wetting should see a doctor who has experience with children's problems. There are many causes of daytime wetting but dysfunctional voiding is the most common problem - 'voiding' means doing wee passing urine. Children with daytime wetting feel the urge at the last minute and may suddenly show holding postures or may 'curtsey' using their heel to stop the flow of wee. When they get to the toilet, the outlet valve may not relax fully.