Why cold swimming pools cause lines for the bathroom

Researchers have discovered why jumping into a cold pool, walking barefoot on a cold floor or entering a cold air conditioned room makes you have the urge to go to the bathroom. Parents mention that their child has to go to the bathroom more urgently than normal when they spend the afternoon swimming. Now we have a physiologic reason for this.

Not a conditioned response

Many people assumed that the cold and running water were just associated with going to the bathroom, so a subconscious bladder contraction was learned. But the researchers found that even in anesthetized mice, the cold-induced bladder contraction was present. Warmth had no effect.

Ion channels

It was found that ion channels in the bladder cell membrane play a role. One particular channel, TRPM8, acts as a molecular thermometer and is responsible for the cold-induced urge to urinate.

Help for people with overactive bladders

Some people with overactive bladders experience a sudden involuntary loss of urine when exposed to everyday cold stimuli. Since we have been able to identify the exact molecular channel, an experimental drug to block these cold-induced urges to urinate may be useful.

Any effect for bedwetting

Parents sometimes report more bedwetting in the winter or when their child had kicked off their blankets. An interesting study from Japan also reported that children using bedwetting alarms in the summer were more successful than those using it in them in the winter. Could it be that the cold-induced bladder contractions make a difference?

More research needed

Until further research is completed, make sure your home and child’s room is warm so the cold reflex does not play a role in their bedwetting.

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What to Do for Leaky Pull-ups

My 5 year old son still wears pull-ups at night but I still have almost daily laundry because they leak so much. Any suggestions?

This is a common question and I DO have some suggestions.

-Have him put on the pull-up only after he has urinated twice, once 30 minutes before bedtime and then again immediately before lights out.

-Make sure his pull-up is large enough. The larger sizes absorb more. Some larger kids have outgrown children’s pull-ups and do better with Youth/Small Adult.

-You can double the absorbency by using a booster pad inserted in the pull-up. These secure to the pull-up with an adhesive strip and are an inexpensive way to increase the absorbency.

-Use a waterproof washable tuck-in pad over the top of his sheet. This prevents the entire sheet from getting wet and saves money over disposable pads. Buy a couple in case you don’t get to the laundry every day.

-Encase his mattress with a zippered vinyl cover. You can leave this in place for years to come and it will prevent stains, allergens and dust mites. It’s easy to clean by spraying with a disinfectant and wiping dry.

-Urine stains and odors can become a problem over time. DP is a great enzyme based product that breaks down the protein in the urine that causes the odor. It can be used on bedding, floors, carpeting and as a washing additive.

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Bedwetting Alarm Not Working: 4 Common Mistakes

Mistake 1: Expecting child to do everything themselves.

Many children sleep through the loud sound or can’t process what they need to do when they wake to the alarm. This is normal in the beginning.

Fix: It takes a few weeks for the right response to be learned. Remember, in the beginning the alarm should also alert parents. When you hear the alarm, go to your son or daughter’s room. Help them get the alarm turned off and walk to the bathroom. Once they begin acting independently, you no longer need to respond to the alarm.

Mistake 2: Thinking the alarm won’t work if used 2 weeks and still no dry nights.

Everyone wants to see dry nights immediately! This usually does not happen. Behavioral conditioning is a process and takes time. The average child takes 8-12 weeks to become permanently dry.

Fix: Be realistic. Little signs of progress can be observed on the road to dryness. Smaller wet spots and fewer wetting episodes mean change is happening.

Mistake 3: Not using consistently. Stopping too soon.

Some families start off strong for the first week or two, but then become complacent about using the alarm every night. Everyone is excited when a few dry nights are observed and kids are anxious to stop the alarm. Wetting gradually restarts if the alarm isn’t used until 14 dry nights are achieved.

Fix: Know that consistency is important. If nights away from home interrupt your alarm use, get back on track as soon as possible.

Mistake 4: Not choosing the right alarm for your child and your family.

Bedwetting alarms are all a little different. They sense moisture and alert the user but the way that they do that varies. The alarm that you choose must be one that your child can easily attach, will agree to hook up every night and gives them the best chance of responding.

Fix: If your bedroom is on a different floor, you can choose a wireless alarm with 2 receivers or know that you could hook up a baby monitor so that you can hear the alarm when it sounds. If your child sleeps in a room with their sibling, a personal wearable alarm that sounds and vibrates might be a good choice.

By avoiding or correcting these common mistakes, your child can soon begin to experience many dry nights!

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