Bedwetting and Children: How to Help Your Child Overcome Wetting
Posted Nov 26 2012 7:00am
Many parents don’t realize that bedwetting and daytime wetting are both treatable conditions. If your child suffers from the embarrassment and hassle of wetting accidents, help them out with a simple wetting treatment program.
Bedwetting occurs more frequently in boys than in girls, but it’s a common problem for both sexes. Up to 9% of children above the age of 5 continue to wet the bed. For these children, the spontaneous remission rate is only 85%, meaning that without treatment most will still be wetting the bed a year from now.
To treat bedwetting, pediatricians recommend using a bedwetting alarm. These devices include a moisture sensor that clips on to the front of your child’s underwear and a receiver that will sound as soon as the wetting starts. There are two main types—wireless and wearable. Wireless alarms are good for kids who don’t want to bother wearing the alarm. But wearable alarms have the advantage of both sounding and vibrating to wake the child up.
Bedwetting alarms work by conditioning the child’s brain to respond to a full bladder. Over time the brain will know to stop the wetting before it starts, either by squeezing muscles to hold the urine in or by waking the child so he or she can use the restroom.
Bedwetting alarms are the only proven treatment for bedwetting . Though medications such as DDAVP have been known to work in the short term, as soon as the pills stop the bedwetting restarts. Bedwetting alarms may take a couple months to cure bedwetting, but the results will last.
Unlike bedwetting, daytime wetting occurs more frequently in girls than in boys. But it’s still a common problem for either sex. There are two main types of causes for daytime wetting—medical and behavioral. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor to rule out medical causes first. They range from the mundane, such as constipation, to the serious, such as juvenile diabetes. Behavioral causes include incomplete emptying of the bladder, forgetting to use the bathroom, and fear of public bathrooms.
To treat daytime wetting, implement a timed voiding program. This means your child will use the bathroom at specific times or intervals throughout the day, not just when they feel the need to urinate. That way their bladder remains relatively empty so your child will no longer get caught needing to go but not having time to make it to the bathroom.
To ensure successful implementation of a timed voiding program many parents use vibrating watches . These provide a discreet reminder for your child and can be set to go off at specific times or at set intervals. If your child is in school, let their teacher know about the timed voiding program. Most teachers have probably dealt with this before, and shouldn’t have a problem with it. Eventually, your child will learn good toileting habits and no longer need the watch (though it can still be used as a homework or medication reminder).
Austin Sheeley is a writer for BedwettingStore.com, America’s largest distributor of enuresis related products. He writes on pediatric health issues such as bedwetting and daytime wetting.
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