6 Tips for Traveling with a Bedwetter

Bedwetting can be particularly bothersome when traveling and spending the night away from home. Since many families travel over the holidays, here are some tips that may help.

1.“Just in case” supplies

Even if your child does not have nightly wetting, it helps to be prepared. Disposable pull ups or disposable under pads for bed prevent embarrassment when an accident occurs. Reusable waterproof pads or waterproof sleeping bag liners are useful if laundry facilities are available. Discreet washable waterproof underwear are kid-friendly and comfortable.

2. Develop Plan of Action

Older children who continue to have bedwetting may have unvoiced concerns about holiday travel. Discreetly discuss with your son or daughter a plan for your travel so they will not have to be unnecessarily worried about having an accident in unfamiliar surroundings. Protect your child’s privacy from siblings or relatives who may not be supportive.

3. Accommodations

Try to provide a sleeping area with privacy, especially if other children their age are present. Having a room close to your room is especially nice if you plan to walk them to the bathroom during the night. Extra pajamas and a night light or small flashlight will help with middle of the night clean-up. You can easily protect the mattress with a plastic cover if visiting relatives or friends. Inexpensive fitted vinyl covers fit discreetly under the sheet and take up little suitcase space.

4. Nighttime Routine

Schedules typically change with travel but it does help children with bedwetting to be as well rested as possible. Urinating twice before bed and limiting carbonated and sugary beverages, and milk in the late evening might help.

5. Medication

You may talk to your health care provider about a trial of medication for your older school age child, for special occasions, such as sleepovers or vacation. If trying desmopressin or similar short acting medication, have a trial of a few days at home to make sure the dosage is correct and that it is effective in stopping wetting. If the medication does not insure a dry night at home, have a backup plan and do not expect that it will keep your child dry when sleeping away from your home.

Medication does not “cure” bedwetting but it may help your child have a dry night when he or she takes it. Desmopressin works by making the urine more concentrated thus decreasing the amount of urine produced that night.

6. Reassurance

Reassure your child that it’s not their fault and you’ll work together to discreetly handle any accidents that may happen. A good New Year’s resolution might be to begin using a bedwetting alarm to speed up getting to dryness so this won’t be a problem when you travel next year. Research proves that bedwetting alarms are still the most effective solution for bedwetting.

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Bedwetting: When to Talk to your Child’s Doctor

When to bring it up

Bedwetting is normal in children as they are potty-training and in the pre-school age child. Your doctor may ask how toilet training is going during yearly visits, but not focus on nighttime dryness until your child is 5 or 6. At this age, 15 out of 100 (15%) still have not achieved dry nights.

If your child is one of the 15% who has never had a dry night, mention it during your child’s annual check-up, even if your doctor doesn’t ask.
If your child has had 6 months of dry nights, then suddenly starts having nightly accidents, make a special appointment to rule out new medical conditions such as diabetes or urinary tract infections.

Preparing for your visit

Your doctor may ask these questions so be prepared with your answers.

-Any medications-any new or seasonal medications, both prescription and OTC, including vitamins and allergy meds, especially if new bedwetting occurred after starting a new medication
-Family history-genetics play a role in bedwetting; children may stop bedwetting at about the same age as their affected parent
-Frequency-are there any dry nights, if so, are dry nights becoming more frequent?
-Daytime-any urgency, frequency or leaking noted
-Any patterns observed-wetting with being overly tired, drinking sugary drinks in the evening, not urinating before bed
-New bedwetting after more than 6 months of dryness-secondary enuresis may have a more complicated cause, any major changes in the family
-Anything unusual about urination-pain, straining, dark or red color
-Stool patterns-observe your child’s stool patterns for a week before the visit, are they daily, does your child withhold or stain underwear?

What they might suggest

Supportive treatment

Wait-especially if your child is not bothered by wetting and is only 5 or 6
Move fluids to earlier in the day-have your child drink more during the day so they aren’t so thirsty after school and in the evening
Wake your child-this is a temporary measure that your child does not learn from, but it usually results in one less urination in the bed
Medication-usually reserved for older children who have special sleepover situations, does not cure bedwetting, decreases the urine produced the night it is taken

Curative

Bedwetting Alarm-the most effective cure for bedwetting, requires participation from child and parents, takes a few weeks but usually permanently dry after they develop the ability to wake up in response to the feeling of a full bladder

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Bedwetting Store website now in Spanish

We are excited to announce that OUR ENTIRE WEBSITE CAN NOW BE VIEWED IN SPANISH. After listening to our customers and the medical providers who refer their families to our website, we are now happy to serve our Spanish speaking audience.

Simply click Change Language in the top header on the Home Page. Then select Espanol as your language of preference, and the entire website changes to Spanish.

Our product descriptions, extensive educational articles, Tips and Advice center and blogs are now in Spanish. If there are additional questions about bedwetting or any of our products, or if anyone would like to place an order speaking Spanish over the phone, we can help. Call 800-214-9605 and ask for someone who speaks Spanish.

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