5 Top Bedwetting Blogs of 2014

The winners of the top viewed Bedwetting Blogs of 2014 are:

1. When Bedwetting Alarm Doesn’t Work
This blog discusses reasons that your child may not have been successful using the alarm and some tips that will help.

2. Waterproof Pants for Older Kids
The fact that this was such a popular blog reinforces my belief that there are many families with older children who still struggle with bedwetting. Washable, non-noisy underwear are especially welcome for kids going to camp or spending the night outside their home.

3. Positive Behavior Changes Noted after Bedwetting Alarm Use
I am especially proud of this popular blog, which included feedback from 803 families whose child had used a bedwetting alarm. Parents reported a significant improvement in Self-Esteem, Overnight Stays, Quality of Sleep, Relationships with Peers and Parents, and School Performance.

4. Peeing in Bed
This blog answers a frustrated parent’s question about knowing what to do after she has tried all the common strategies.

5. Best Bed Wetting Alarm
This blog features the Rodger Wireless Bedwetting Alarm, which is the most convenient and comfortable alarm that we carry. The new wireless technology does not require any wires or panty liners. The transmitter is simply snapped onto the waistband of the specialized moisture-sensing underwear for perfect placement every time.

Success Matters! Learn Why Families Who Buy at the Bedwetting Store are more Successful

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Punishing Children for Bedwetting Can Make It Worse

Here’s yet another study that proves that punishment is not effective in ending bedwetting. In fact, the children who were punished actually wet the bed more frequently than those who were not punished. They were also more likely to be depressed or have a lower health-related quality of life score.

This Saudi Arabian study included 65 children, age 7-13, who wet their beds and 40 children who did not wet. The bedwetting children were divided into 2 groups: those who were punished and those who were not punished. The children who were punished wet significantly more often than the children who were not punished. The more often punishment occurred; the more likely the children were to be depressed.

We would like to think that parents would never punish their child for something they have no control over. Punishment can come in different forms, physical, emotional or verbal. Do not use any form of punishment for your bedwetting child.

DON’T:

Belittle or name call, such as “you’re just lazy”, “you’re a baby”
Single him out to do sheets and laundry, teach all your children to do their own sheets
Place wet laundry, disposables or charts where friends may see them
Feel that you are a bad parent because your child wets the bed, often there is a genetic component, and a delay in the development of the brain/bladder connection

DO:

Handle wetting discreetly in front of siblings or family members
Keep room clean and odor free, changing sheets as often as needed
Protect mattress with a waterproof cover
Be supportive when travelling, using back up disposables and waterproof bedding or pads
Remind your child that you know he’s not wetting on purpose
Use a bedwetting alarm to help him/her learn how to wake up when wetting is occurring

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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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