WHO SUFFERS FROM BEDWETTING?
Wetting during sleep occurs within all cultures and races. There are different perspectives on when this is a problem depending on the environment of the child. Thus the age that parents start to become concerned about their child’s bed wetting varies, depending on the frequency of the problem, and the level of their concern. Generally speaking, parents start seeking assistance when their child is still wetting during sleep more than once a week and they are older than six years of age.
INCIDENCE OF BED WETTING
15% of Five years old
5% of 10 years old
2% of 15 years old
CAUSES OF BEDWETTING SOME OF MANY FACTORS CAUSING BEDWETTING
CAUSES OF BEDWETTING CAN INCLUDE
HOW DO BEDWETTING ALARMS WORK? HOW CAN IT HELP YOUR CHILD?
HOW TO TREAT BEDWETTING
– Bedwetting alarms are the most effective treatment for uncomplicated bedwetting.
– Drugs and medication can provide temporary relief from bedwetting for some bedwetters.
– Wait, approximately 15% of bedwetters spontaneously become dry each year. However, there is no way of predicting whether your child will do so.
HOW DO BEDWETTING ALARMS WORK?
An effective bedwetting alarm will sound at the moment of wetting, thus alerting your child’s sleeping brain. Over time, the brain is trained to be aware of messages from the bladder and maintain control during sleep.
When the moisture-sensitive part of the alarm is wet, the alarm goes off and the bedwetter is woken. The brain responds by sending a signal to the bladder muscles to stop the flow of urine. Gradually a connection between wetting and being woken is made and the bedwetter’s brain learns to “beat the alarm”, ultimately leading to dry nights.
Nearly all bedwetters sleep soundly, but they will learn to hear an alarm if it is an expected part of the training. The key is good preparation, so they know why the alarm is being used, and a motivated child, so they will want to take charge of their wetting and become dry.
Expect an average of 12-16 weeks to reach stable dryness (21 consecutive dry nights). Each child is unique, so the range can be from 4 weeks to 7 months. Below is a generalised pattern of training:
Alarm sounds, parent helps child to wake but the child gets out of bed and turns off the alarm. The bed is wet.
Alarm sounds, parent helps child to wake, the child gets out of bed and turns off the alarm. The bed is damp but not wet.
Child responds to alarm, gets out of bed and turns alarm off . Bed is damp.
Child responds quickly to alarm, so wetting is minimal
Child “beats” the alarm and is completely dry. Dryness is achieved by either sleeping through the night or waking to go to the toilet during the night.
Child has several dry nights in a row. Wetting episodes with alarm response breaks the run of consecutive dry nights
Child reaches 14 consecutive dry nights.
Child continues for another 7 consecutive dry nights without using the alarm.
The goal of 21 consecutive dry nights is reached.
If the child is still dry, training is finished. If there is a wet night, resume alarm training.
Once a child has been reliably dry for three consecutive weeks, continued dryness can be expected. However, occasionally bed wetting may start again at some stage. There is often no obvious cause. A relapse can be defined as two or more wet nights within two weeks. A quick ‘refresher course’ with the alarm is usually all that is required to resume dry nights.