Bedwetting and breast-feeding
A recent study found that children who had been breast-fed might be less likely to wet the bed.
Researchers examined two groups of children: one group wet the bed, and the other did not. The first group was made up of children who visited doctor's offices and clinics for bedwetting treatment. The second group was taken from children who visited their doctor's office for reasons other than bedwetting.
The study found that 81.2% of the children who did not wet the bed were breast-fed longer than 3 months, compared with only 45.5% of those who did wet the bed. The researchers concluded that breast-feeding longer than 3 months may help protect children from wetting the bed. However, this link is still controversial, and further studies are needed to investigate whether breast-feeding really does protect from bedwetting.
Bedwetting and the brain
Canadian researchers based in Montreal have found links between bedwetting and developmental delays. In a national study of 1,666 children, researchers found that children who wet the bed were slower to reach certain milestones for language and motor skills (such as sitting up or crawling). Certain behaviour problems, such as hyperactivity, were also more common in children who wet the bed. So what's the link? Researchers believe that the bedwetting and the developmental problems may both be linked to the same problems within the brain. Future research may involve mapping out these problems to specific brain areas so that new treatments can be developed.
What can you do in the meantime? Speak to your doctor if you're concerned about your child's bedwetting or their overall development.
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