Pediatrics

Have Pediatric Questions? Ask a Pediatrician.

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Pediatrics
This answer was rated:

I read an article about children having bad dreams linked to

bedwetting. My child wets the...
I read an article about children having bad dreams linked to bedwetting. My child wets the bed sometimes and I'm wondering if it could be due to bad dreams some of the time? She has always been a bedwetting, it's not a new thing. She does good for a few weeks, then she has an accident.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Answered in 2 hours by:
7/24/2013
beandoctor
beandoctor, Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
Satisfied Customers: 334
Experience: Board Certified; Graduated from top 20 medical school
Verified

I'd love to help with your question!

I'm a pediatric nephrologist (kidney doctor) so I get to see plenty of kids who wet the bed... and I don't usually worry about bad dreams being the culprit. Unless there are other things that make you worry about your child's dreams, I can probably reassure you a little bit about that.

Most children who have always been bedwetters (but are dry during the day) are completely normal - just "late bloomers" for developing the neurological maturity to avoid wetting the bed. To hold your urine overnight requires that your brain and bladder talk to each other and hold the urge to void. Most children develop this by age 5, and about 10% of those who don't will gain that ability each year thereafter. So time is on your side!

However, if the bedwetting is occurring frequently enough that you don't want to wait, there are things we can do to help. We have medications that help to decrease the production of urine overnight (the most commonly used are imipramine and DDAVP), and those are helpful for many children. A bedwetting alarm program is even more successful, but makes a lot more work for you and your family. Your daughter's pediatrician could help get you started with either of those things - but of course I'd be happy to answer any questions in the meantime!

I hope that this information is useful to you... if I have answered your original question, please take a moment to rate the quality of my response. And if you have any more questions - now or in the future - please just ask!

Best wishes to you and your daughter...

Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

What do you mean other things that make me worry about my child's dreams? Like sleepwalking and stuff?

Customer reply replied 4 years ago

She doesn't have bedwetting episodes all the time. Just randomly, but she has always had them since potty training. Like I stated she will go a few weeks, no accidents then the next week she might have one or two. The last two years it was all the time, but now that she's 5 it's just once in a while. So it has improved a lot! She has a daytime accident once in a while(hardly ever), but it's like if she waits too long to go to the bathroom she leaks a little bit....I'm assuming that happens at her age too?

Maybe...

At 5, having some night-time wetting on occasion is pretty normal. And particularly if it's getting better with time and not causing any big problems at home, I'd be inclined to give her some time to outgrow it.

However, the daytime accidents and leaking make me a little more concerned. Usually, once kids are toilet trained, they stay dry during the day. But there are lots of kids out there who don't like to stop what they're doing to use the bathroom, and end up "holding" their urine for too long. Over time, that disrupts the normal brain-bladder signals and leads to more accidents. (This is called dysfunctional voiding syndrome.)

If that sounds like your daughter at all, then I have two pieces of advice for you.

The first is to get her on a good bowel regimen. Any amount of constipation will work against you with the wetting accidents. There's a limited amount of space in everyone's pelvis, and that space has to accommodate both the bladder and the colon. If the colon is full of hard poop, it tends to push in on the bladder and disturb the normal sensations of fullness and communication with the brain.

The second is to get her on a timed voiding regimen. What I mean by that is that she should go to the restroom every 2-3 hours during the day - even if she doesn't feel like she has to go. If she's having leaking, it means her bladder is getting too full - so what we need to do is keep it more empty.

I hope that this helps - please let me know if you have more questions!

Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question

I didn't notice your first question...

Yes, if she's having sleepwalking, or seems bothered by the dreams that she is having during the daytime, then maybe we should look into the bad dreams further. But if those aren't really concerns at this point, I don't think I'd worry about them on the basis of the bedwetting. Does that make sense?

Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

She has had maybe two bad dreams in the last three months. So not a regular basis and she doesn't wake up but it usually has something to do with the tv show she watched the night before. For instance ahead watched the kids movie "hocus pocus" she said she had a bad dream the next day or so about witches (that's what the movie is about) so the dreams aren't so scary she's woken up...maybe it's just a coincidence that last time she had a Vader dream she wet the bed...how do you mean "look into the dreams further" like seeing if something's triggering it like maybe the movies or a tv show, and not let her watch them?

Customer reply replied 4 years ago

And you meant if the dreams are bothering her in the daytime...like if she can't forget the dream and she still scared of the dream throughout the day correct?

Yes, exactly. When I see children who have persistent nightmares that still frighten them in the daytime, I worry that there are problems in the daytime that we need to identify and address.

But the frequency and nature of your daughter's bad dreams seem very normal to me - having an occasional bad dream about witches is about par for the course for a five year old girl, I think. :)

Like I said, I don't think that the bad dreams are related to the bedwetting, and nothing you've mentioned makes me think that the bad dreams are a sign of a bigger problem at all.

What other questions do you have? And if I've answered your original question, please take a moment to rate my response!

Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Yeah I read somewhere that 4 out of 5 children have a bad dream one a week and that they grow out of it with time. And just for curiosity sake...what would be a daytime issue if the dream scared them throughout the day...like maybe kids picking on or bullying them? Things like that?

Yes. The first thing I'd worry about is that the child was having some kind of trauma elsewhere in their life - bullying, abuse, etc.

If that didn't seem to be the case, I'd worry next that the child may have some trouble "moving on" from normal frightening things (for example, a child with severe anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder might get fixated on the scary things in their dreams to the point where they can't forget about them during the day).

Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Oh I get what your saying now....sorry when you said "when dreams still bother them in the daytime, it make you think there is a daytIme issue going on" ...i Was trying to figure out what you meant about a daytime issue....and you were meaning like something going on at maybe school like a bully, or a kid picking on or hitting them and that causing the nightmares and stuff...so they fear them in the day too. Correct?

Sorry for the confusion!
Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I worry about bullies all the time...it is awful in schools now adays! But like I hers are always about something she's seen on tv or a scary story or something. And last reply I promise....the once in a while daytime leaking u said u were concern about...u think may be her holding it too long(because she waits till the last minute bc she's too busy playing or watching tv) and it's making the signal to the brain confused and her bladder is over filling? But that is a common ocurance with kids her age right?

I think you are exactly right. She's holding her urine too long, which leads to overfilling and the leakage type accidents. We don't want her to bladder to become too good at holding urine - or her brain to become too good at ignoring her bladder's signals that it's full. Instead, we want to keep her bladder decompressed, and get her used to emptying the bladder before it's overdistended. The best way to do that is with the timed voiding regimen that I mentioned before. It'll take some work - but I promise you'll be saving yourself lots of problems later!
Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

So the daytime leaking once in a while concerned you bc if she continues to wait till the last minute and leaks some it's gonna cause bladder problems in the future because it's interrupting the bladder to brain function and the bladder Is becomIng overfIlled and may become permanent?

That's pretty much right... the only change I'd make is to say that although the problem wouldn't be permanent, it will become a lot harder to deal with the longer that it goes on. The bot***** *****ne is, the better your brain gets at ignoring your bladder signals, the harder it is to "unlearn" that bad habit. Your little girl sounds like she doesn't have a big problem at this point - but I do think we need to address it now so that it doesn't become one!

Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

We started a schedule of every 2-3 hours this morning and I let the daycare know also! She is being treated for constipation too so I'm sure both those factors are playing into The enuresis. Thanks again!!

You are very welcome.

Please let me know if you have any more questions in the future... best wishes to you and your family!

beandoctor
beandoctor, Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
Satisfied Customers: 334
Experience: Board Certified; Graduated from top 20 medical school
Verified
beandoctor and 87 other Pediatrics Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I have a different question but I was told to ask in same thread to keep from having so many questions....could you help me?

Of course - I'd be happy to help. What's going on?
Ask Your Own Pediatrics Question
Ask beandoctor Your Own Question
beandoctor
beandoctor
beandoctor, Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
Satisfied Customers: 334
334 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Board Certified; Graduated from top 20 medical school

beandoctor is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada

Pediatrician

3,130 satisfied customers

M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp

Dr. Gupta

Dr. Gupta

Pediatrician

1,502 satisfied customers

MD, practicing Pediatrician with 19 years of experience. Member American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. K.

Dr. K.

Board Certified Pediatrician

819 satisfied customers

Board Certified, Ivy League educated Pediatrician.

Raymond B., M.D.

Raymond B., M.D.

Doctor

422 satisfied customers

I provide medical care for newborns, children, adolescents and young adults up to age 21 years.

Dr. Davidson

Dr. Davidson

Board Certified Pediatrician

415 satisfied customers

Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP

Doctor

415 satisfied customers

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UNC Medical School. Vice President, Cape Fear Pediatrics.

Dr. Lieberman

Dr. Lieberman

Doctor

111 satisfied customers

Hi: I'm a board certified pediatrician, caring for teens and younger children for the past 12 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Pediatrics Questions
My 19 month old son is having a very difficult time pooping.
My 19 month old son is having a very difficult time pooping. He pooped good Saturday but yesterday and today he is struggling to go. This is very common for him. It usually is pebble like and very har… read more
Sumanth Amperayani
Sumanth Amperayani
Consultant Paediatrician
Master\u0027s Degree
33 satisfied customers
My 10 year old daughter is wetting the bed 3-4 nights per
Hello, my 10 year old daughter is wetting the bed 3-4 nights per week. She is healthy, active, and well adjusted. We have tried limiting fluids a few hours before bed but the problem persists. … read more
Richard Han
Richard Han
Pediatrician
Post-Doctoral Degree
540 satisfied customers
My 8 year has chronic constipation and in the past for
My 8 year has chronic constipation and in the past for extreme cases our Gastro doc said to give her 1 adult laxative. She's always handles that fine. However yesterday she took 2 and although she pas… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My toddler is resisting going number 2, so much so that she
My toddler is resisting going number 2, so much so that she has gone as long as 1 week without pooping. The pediatrician recommended probiotics and lots of fiber which I'm doing. She is now pooping ab… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My 7 year old daughter has fecal impaction, constipation and
My 7 year old daughter has fecal impaction, constipation and encopresis. The gastroenterologist want's me to put her in the hospital over night to have her cleaned out with enemas and a liquid laxativ… read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,556 satisfied customers
My three year old granddaughter is visiting from out of
My three year old granddaughter is visiting from out of town. She is showing a few signs of UTI. In the past couple days she was rushing to go potty every 15 - 30, but since yesterday is going very in… read more
Dr. Thomas, MD
Dr. Thomas, MD
2,227 satisfied customers
Here is the background on my son: He is 4.5 years old and
He is 4.5 years old and goes to preschool during the school year. He was 21 months old when his brother was born. Up until he was 2 years old, he was the most easy going child ever. He never cried or threw a tantrum. On the night of his 2nd birthday we had a house fire. He never saw the flames, but we took him out of bed and he did not get to return home for over a month. Ever since age 2 I've seen a considerable difference in his personality. He is moody, miserable a lot of the time, he bites his brother, and he will not poop in the potty. It took us fromm May 2015 to Jan 2017 to get him daytime pee trained. He still wears a pullup at night and has never pooped on the potty. My main concerns are the biting and the potty training troubles. … read more
Dr. Thomas, MD
Dr. Thomas, MD
2,227 satisfied customers
Dear Dr, Yesterday my daughter had a constipation. She asked
Dear Dr, Yesterday my daughter had a constipation. She asked me to insert suppositories. I have used the glycerol suppositories. At the time I inserted suppository she started to cry. I a am afraid th… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
5 year old constipated, says that it hurts coming out and
5 year old constipated, says that it hurts coming out and has pooped a little in his pants two days in a row now. Finally got him on he toilet and he was screaming crying that it hurt coming out. What… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My 13 year old son still his pants. Or at least refuses to
My 13 year old son still poops his pants. Or at least refuses to wu … read more
Dr. Yogindra Vasavada
Dr. Yogindra Vasavada
Pediatrician
Doctoral Degree
3,130 satisfied customers
Daughter 1 month old. Has been constipated for the past
Daughter 1 month old. Has been constipated for the past couple of days. Her last movement was Saturday night. She has also develop what appears to be rash on her face and now her upper back. Could tha… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My 2 year old little girl doesn't pee often. I'm concerned
hi. my 2 year old little girl doesn't pee often. I'm concerned because she doesn't drink sodas at all and doesn't drink Juice daily. she doesn't complain of any pain and energy is THROUGH THE ROOF. oh… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My son is 2.5, his actual birthday is 8/13/2014. His BMs are
My son is 2.5, his actual birthday is ***** His BMs are mostly pasty consistency and not formed. I thought this was OK but now I am concerned. He has a twin sister, her BMs are much more formed. Shoul… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My 10yr old daughter had constipation so bad we took her to
My 10yr old daughter had constipation so bad we took her to a doctor and was giving an enema. But now is bleeding when she poops . is the normal?… read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,556 satisfied customers
I have a question relating to chronic constipation in my
I have a question relating to chronic constipation in my toddler. … read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My 21 month old daughter is vomiting and is also constipated
My 21 month old daughter is vomiting and is also constipated what should I do … read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
Since the potty training days at age 2, my daughter has
Since the potty training days at age 2, my daughter has refused to poop in anything other than a diaper or pull-up. She is now 7 years old and still insists on using a pull up to poop. She is complete… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
I have a 3 week newborn. We think he is possibly constipated
Hello, I have a 3 week newborn. We think he is possibly constipated due to switching him to formula. He has had some bowl movements today buts is very fussy and looks like he is straining almost as if… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x