3 Reasons Why You Should Treat Bedwetting

Bedwetting affects confidence and self-esteem

The development of confidence and a positive self-esteem includes being able to perform activities that most other children in your age group can perform. Many children continue to hear that they will “outgrow” bedwetting at each yearly doctor visit but are given no tools or information to help with this. (That is like telling your teen with severe acne that they will “outgrow” it and not giving them any help along the way).

Embarrassment can lead to silence, or acting like they don’t care. Seeing younger siblings who are dry at night or hearing parents comment that you should “do what your younger sibling does” further erodes self-esteem. Frustration over having no control to change the pattern of sleeping through the entire wetting episode becomes apparent. Treatment with a tool like a bedwetting alarm gives the child the opportunity to learn a new behavior—getting up precisely when the wetting is happening.

It may be many years before your child spontaneously stops bedwetting

Research suggests that each year 15% of bedwetting children spontaneously become dry. That means that 85% are still wetting the next year. There is no way to predict which % your child will be in. Although the incidence of bedwetting decreases as children get older, there is no reason to wait years for it to end, especially since using bedwetting alarms effectively end it within a few weeks. Puberty does not cure bedwetting.

Bedwetting interferes with normal social activities

School age children with bedwetting have to make allowances for every sleep over situation that comes up, whether it’s with grandparents, cousins, close friends, not-so-close friends or camp and school activities. The freedom to accept all kinds of sleep over invitations allows your child to develop independent social skills. They should be free to sleep away from their parents when they are ready, without having to consider their dry night status.

Treating bedwetting in a school-age child is just as important as teaching a child to swim or ride a bike. With patience, persistence and the right bedwetting alarm, a few weeks of getting up to help your child respond can pay off in permanent dry nights.

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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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