Teen Bedwetting Remedies

Bedwetting can continue in 1-2% of teens. This does not sound like a lot, but if your son or daughter is in this 1-2%, it’s a big deal. He or she may begin to feel alone and hopeless, and worry that they will never have a dry night. Puberty does not “cure” bedwetting, so there is no reason to wait for puberty before you start treatment. Missing out on fun overnight outings with friends can cause self-esteem to plummet. Daily laundry can stress even the most understanding families.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Simple strategies
Most families have tried these strategies but they bear repeating to make sure they are in place.
• Regular routine and bedtime
• Double voiding 30 minutes before bed and again immediately before falling asleep
• Drink throughout the entire day. This may mean taking a water bottle to school. Drink enough so that the bathroom needs to be used at least once, if not twice while at school.
• Insure regular bowel movements
• Do not punish or ridicule

Solving the problem
The best solution for bedwetting is using a bedwetting alarm. Alarms are perfect for sound sleeping teens who have no idea when wetting happens. Moisture sensing bedwetting alarms sound when urine is detected. The teen and parents are alerted so they can begin to make the brain-bladder connection. Your teen may sleep through the loud alarm initially. That is how most users begin.

A parent’s job is to go to their room, wake them, have them turn off the alarm and walk to the bathroom. Over time, the teens are able to learn what a full bladder feels like and that they must be in the bathroom before the urine is released.

The good news is that bedwetting alarms work as effectively in teens as they do in younger children. It usually takes teens a little longer to get to complete dryness, but a few extra weeks to change a behavior that has been going on for years is quite manageable.

Recommended alarm for Teens
The Rodger wireless alarm is my recommendation for teens. The sensor underwear fit just like regular underwear and is easy to put on, no matter how tired you are. A positive feature of wireless alarms is that your teen must get out of bed to turn off the alarm. Since the receiver is located across the room, it will continue to sound from that location until it is turned off.

Some tech savvy teens quickly disconnect the sensor from the alarms that are worn on the shoulder, then roll over and go back to sleep. Wireless alarms prevent this from happening. If your room is on a different floor from your teen, you can get an additional receiver for your room so you can insure that he or she is getting up when the alarm sounds. A vibrating cushion can also be added to this alarm to shake the bed or pillow when the alarm sounds.

Guidance
Even if your teen has used some type of alarm in the past, it is worth retrying this method with a good product. My book, Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness, outlines what to expect along the way and has a section devoted to teens. Your teen should wear the alarm every night when in your own home, until 14 consecutive nights of dryness are achieved. Finish by using the alarm every other night until an additional 14 dry nights are achieved. Patience and persistence are important but research demonstrates that bedwetting alarms are the most effective cure.

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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NAPNAP) meeting

Getting the word out about an effective solution for bedwetting is my personal goal! At the 2015 National NAPNAP meeting, I got to visit with hundreds of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who see children in their primary care setting. Many wanted more information about bedwetting alarms and how effective they are (80-90%). Many recommend bedwetting alarms to their bedwetting patients but had never seen one. Still others stopped by our booth just to say what success their own children and/or their patients have had with bedwetting alarms.

Many PNPs were not aware that BedwettingStore.com is committed to helping children be successful, not just sell alarms. Our post-purchase follow-up includes a series of informational emails, written by me (a PNP with more than 25 years of experience). These emails are timed to help parents know what to expect each week of the process. We have found that families are more successful when they know what to expect and know that their child is right on track. Children do not jump out of bed in response to the alarm in the beginning. Initially, the alarm is for the parents, who wake their child with their voice and walk them to the bathroom. Over time, the children put together the brain-bladder connection, stop the flow of urine and handle things more independently.

If you know a family with a child who suffers from bedwetting, help me get the message out. There is a highly effective solution out there. Don’t forget to mention bedwetting at your child’s next check-up. Your health care provider can help.

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Overnight Potty Training: What Can I Do To Help?

“Our son is 4 years old and has been dry in the daytime since he turned 3. His pull-up is soaked every morning. I know this can be normal but I wonder if there are some things I can be doing now to help him become dry at night”.

Nighttime dryness can follow daytime dryness by months or even years. How to help with this transition is a common parental concern.

Here are a few things that you can do now to help him become dry overnight.

Establish daytime dryness first. Make sure he is reliably dry in the daytime, knows when he needs to use the bathroom and has soft, regular bowel movements.

Urinate twice before bed. This means making sure he tries to go potty 30 minutes before bedtime, then once more as lights go out.

Encourage drinking and frequent toileting during the daytime. Fluids after dinner should be water, not milk or juice, in a small quantity.

Don’t allow pull-ups to be worn while he is awake. Put it on last thing before lights out and take it off first thing in the morning. Some children will wet the pull-up as they are waking up in the morning, just because they know it is there.

Trial of no pull-ups. Especially if you have noticed that his pull-ups are less wet or dry in the morning, try having him wear underwear to bed. Protect the bed with a waterproof cover and protect his sheets with washable, waterproof overlay pads. The ones with the tuck-in sides are the best. If a couple weeks pass with no sign of progress toward dry nights, restart the pull-ups and know that there will be a better time to try this later on.

Remind your son if he wakes up for any reason or if he comes to your room in the night, he should use the bathroom at this time, even if he doesn’t feel he needs to.

Walking your son to the bathroom when you go to bed probably does not speed up the spontaneous development of dry nights, but does allow one more voiding to be in the toilet.

If your son gets to 6 and is still having nighttime accidents, you can introduce a bedwetting alarm to help him develop that brain-bladder connection more quickly. Bedwetting alarms sense the first drop of wetness and sound to alert him and you that wetting is occurring. Over time, his body will learn to connect waking up before wetting happens.

In most cases, children do not have control over their overnight wetting and they are not wetting because they are lazy or belligerent. There is no need to feel parental guilt; being kind and supportive is much better. Punishment is not warranted and may even delay the development of dry nights. Be patient and know that each child develops at a different rate.

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