“Is there treatment for my child’s bedwetting?” is a common question. Unfortunately, a high percentage of parents (72%) were not aware of effective treatments, according to this recent study. Only 55% reported that they would seek medical care for bedwetting. Those who would not mention it to their health care provider cited these 3 reasons – 1) Know child will eventually outgrow bedwetting 2) Not aware of good treatments 3) Bedwetting is not a significant medical problem. Only 6% reported that they would use a bedwetting alarm as treatment.
So where are families turning for advice? We are left with relatives or well-meaning folks who suggest that no treatment is necessary, that you should just wait until the children stop by themselves. That type of advice leaves many frustrated kids and parents.
Very effective non-medicinal bedwetting alarm treatment is readily available
Bedwetting alarms have been extensively researched and have been proven to be the most effective, long-lasting, and first-line treatment for bedwetting. They are available without a prescription and cost $50-$120- much less than pull-ups and laundry. There are no side effects and they effectively decrease the length of time the family has to contend with bedwetting. The average child gets to dryness in 8-12 weeks, instead of a few years of waiting for them to stop spontaneously. Family support when starting use of a bedwetting alarm is important, but seeing progress in a few short weeks is enough to keep kids and parents motivated. Bedwetting alarms sense moisture and alert the child and parents that wetting is occurring. Over time, the brain-bladder connection has developed to alert the child before wetting happens.
Earlier treatment leaves less emotional/behavioral impact
If a child has reached school-age (5-6 years), and continues with nightly accidents, they can benefit from bedwetting treatment. There is no reason that treatment with a bedwetting alarm should be delayed until 8, 9 or 10 years. By 10 years of age, one in 20 children still suffer from bedwetting. By this time, sleepover invitations have been missed, children are concerned they may never stop and are frustrated because they have no control over the wetting episodes. Treatment with a bedwetting alarm not only gives the child a tool to make a change, but empowers the family that they are taking steps to help their child.
Parent/child relationship is improved
72% of parents report an improvement in their child’s self-esteem after bedwetting alarm use. They also report an improvement in the parent and peer relationships, quality of sleep, number of overnight stays and in school performance. Most parents know that their child doesn’t wet on purpose, but hassles of daily laundry, last minute morning showers and cleaning mattresses can take its toll on family relationships.
Use the latest information and technology
Despite the published studies demonstrating effectiveness of treatment such as the bedwetting alarm, it appears that this information has not become general knowledge for modern parents. Bedwetting alarms’ technology has advanced to small, comfortable child-friendly wireless models that even a 5 or 6 year old can use. There are receivers for parent’s rooms, alarms with numerous sound and vibration choices, and all colors to choose from. Bedwetting alarms are acceptable to most kids, especially when presented as a reminder tool to help them learn to wake up when they need to use the bathroom.