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Other issues you might face with a child are thumb sucking and bed wetting.


 
Thumb sucking:

    Thumb sucking is a normal behaviour among kids up to the age of five. It is a source of entertainment to them. Parents need not take any special care to stop it. Kids normally give up this habit before they enter kindergartens.
     But if a child above five years still persists with the habit he/she needs attention as it can cause a few problems:
  1. He/she may be teased by his/her friends, which often causes psychological problems.
  2. It can lead to dental problems. A child who is still sucking his thumb by age five, when permanent teeth start coming in, may develop an abnormal bite.
  3. It can also cause minor physical problems, for example chapped lips, cracked skin, calluses or fingernail infections.
    Parents should not be panicky and nagging. They should consult a paediatrician for the steps to be taken.

Bed-wetting (Enuresis):

    Enuresis (say: "en-yer-ee-sis"} is the medical term for bed-wetting. This term applies to children who wet the bed only at night when they're sleeping, not during the day.

When do most children achieve bladder control?

    Different children achieve bladder control at different ages. By the age of 5, most children no longer urinate in their sleep. Bed-wetting by children of this age group is not unusual, even though it may be frustrating to parents. Treating a child for bed-wetting before the age of 5 is not necessary and may even be harmful in cases.

What causes bed-wetting?

    The exact reason of bed-wetting is not known. As mentioned earlier, bed-wetting is normal with kids but there can be certain other factors like small bladder, genetic history (bed-wetting often runs in the family) or problem with the bladder, kidneys or the nervous system. If the habit persists for a long time, you should consult your healthcare provider.

Treatment for bed-wetting:

    Only a doctor can tell you whether your kid needs a special treatment for bed-wetting. But never punish him/her for wetting the bed. It might have adverse effects.
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