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Enuresis (Bedwetting)

"Enuresis (Bedwetting) can be a challenge, especially if your child was fully trained for several years and then the condition presents itself. For a brief second, some parents want to think the child knows better, but then realize there must be something triggering it..."

Some children respond to a 30 dry night reward program, for others a more diligent approach is needed...parents patience and understanding is the ultimate key.

  • Talk to your child and reassure them you are going to help them get through it,
  • Limit drinks before bedtime,
  • Have them use the bathroom right before bed,
  • Keep a soft flashlight near the bed to use in the middle of the night,
  • Wake them up at least once during the night and have them go again,
  • Protect their mattress with a waterproof cover and padding,
  • Put a thick beach towel in the center of their bed to make midnight clean up's easier,
  • Keep extra clean linens/blankets nearby

My grandson immediately responded to the DryNite alarm system (in conjunction with an incentive program). The system has two clips; one side is just a clip that goes onto their underwear with a wire to the other side which is the battery and alarm that clips onto their shirt. I found it best to run the wire inside his shirt. If the lower clips gets wet an audible alarm goes off to wake them up.

Before the DryNite alarm system he was having 3-4 wet nights a week. After the system he had one wet night the first week and has been dry ever since.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/bedwet.htm

Bedwetting Ferring
www.bedwetting.ferring.ca/

Enuresis (Bed Wetting)
www.med.umich.edu/1libr/yourchild/enuresis.htm

National Kidney Foundation
http://www.kidney.org/patients/bw/index.cfm

 

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