Bedwetting Cures: Bed Wetting Is
More Common Than You Think...
Bedwetting cures...the results are
not the same for everyone. Most likely you've either experienced this problem,
or know someone who has, during the course of your lifetime.
As a mom of four, I am no stranger to
this topic. I have been through every aspect of bed wetting...if there is information out there on it, I've read it;
if there's a product that they make for it, I've probably tried it on one of my children.
Wetting the bed, in most cases, is a normal part of life. So, no matter how many bedwetting solutions you may try, sometimes time is the best bedwetting cure (I am speaking about child bedwetting of course...bedwetting at teenage years or adult bedwetting can signal a problem).
"If both parents were bedwetters, a child has
an 80 percent chance of being a bedwetter also."
Causes of Bedwetting
Bed wetting (also known as Nighttime Urinary Incontinence or enuresis) causes range from simple to complex. In any case, a child doesn't want to wet the bed, but has forced bedwetting which may be due to several factors. Click here to read about causes in children and possible bedwetting cures.
Some research says that about 60 percent of enuretic children are boys, while other research states that the rate of bedwetting boys is as high as 4 to 1 when compared with bedwetting girls. After age five, wetting at night (or sleep wetting), is more common than daytime wetting in boys.
Female bedwetting is less frequent than male bedwetting, but during the day, girls have more accidents than boys. A bedwetting girj is more emotionally upset at an earlier age about the problem than a boy who wets the bed at the same age (because girls usually mature quicker emotionally).
By adolescence, 1 to 2 percent of children are not consistently dry.
Teenage bedwetting is emotionally difficult for both parents and the teen. Bedwetting that begins again after your teen has been dry, needs to be seen by a doctor right away to check for more serious problems.
A bedwetting teen may be experiencing psychological issues (anxiety, stress, etc.), or physical symptoms (diabetes, bladder problems, etc.). It is important to explore all possible reasons why he or she may be wetting the bed as a teenager.
Many adults that suffer from bedwetting do not seek professional help out of embarrassment. If they did, they would realize that a solution may be as simple as taking a medication.
Some possible reasons adults may wet the bed are:
- Drinking too much alcohol the night before
- Neurological-a problem with the gland at the base of your brain that controls bladder function
- Imbalance of the muscles in the bladder
Bedwetting Cures for Children
While there is no "magic wand" you can wave to find the perfect bedwetting solution or bedwetting cure, your child's bedwetting help will usually come with time.
Many children overcome incontinence naturally (without treatment) as they grow older. The number of cases of incontinence goes down by 15 percent for each year after the age of five.
Here are some examples of what can happen over time for natural bedwetting cures:
- Bladder capacity increases.
- Natural body alarms become activated.
- An overactive bladder settles down.
- Production of ADH become normal.
- The child learns to respond to the body's signal that it is time to void.
- Stressful events or periods pass.
If over time it does not pass, you may consider another natural bedwetting cure...bedwetting hypnosis. I'm not an expert in this field, but you may want to contact someone who is for further insight on how it could help.
Diaper Punishment Bedwetting
Some parents resort to bedwetting diaper punishment when they don't know what to do with their children's wetting issues. They make them wear diapers during the day as punishment for wetting their pants. This form of training makes children feel bad about themselves, and should be avoided.
Sometimes medication is used as a bedwetting cure. Nighttime incontinence may be treated by taking a medication to increase ADH levels.
The hormone can be boosted by a synthetic version known as desmopressin, or DDAVP. Users, including children, spray a mist containing desmopressin into their nostrils, where the drug enters the bloodstream. Researchers are developing this medication in bedwetting tablets.
Another medication, called imipramine, is also used to treat sleepwetting. It acts on both the brain and the urinary bladder. Unfortunately, total dryness with either of the medications available is achieved in only about 20 percent of patients.
If a young person experiences incontinence resulting from an overactive bladder, a doctor might prescribe a medicine that helps to calm the bladder muscle. This medicine controls muscle spasms and belongs to a class of medications called anticholinergics.
Bladder Training and Related Strategies
Bladder training consists of exercises for strengthening and coordinating muscles of the bladder and urethra, and may help the control of urination. These techniques teach the child to anticipate the need to urinate and prevent urination when away from a toilet.
Techniques that may help nighttime incontinence include:
- Determining bladder capacity
- Stretching the bladder (delaying urination)
- Drinking less fluid before sleeping
- Developing routines for waking up
Sometimes it can help to talk to others who are experiencing the same thing you are. Join some bedwetting forums online to find tips, advice, share embarrassing bedwetting stories, or receive whatever support you may need.
"About 15 percent of all five-year-olds, and
5 percent of all ten-year-olds, still wet their beds"
Bedwetting Products / Bedwetting Supplies:
They now make bedwetting diapers for both children and adults (thank goodness!). Gone are the days that you need to change sheets every morning.
The good news is, the diapers for bedwetting that they make now are not as "babyish" as regular diapers (according to my son). They pull up like underwear, and have some nice designs on them (like dirtbikes for boys, or flowers for girls).
Most stores make a generic version of the name brand overnight diapers, so if cost is an issue for you, be sure to check for substitutes. I find that they work just as well, and are often times half the price.
Once they outgrow the largest size of children bedwetting diapers, look in the adult section for incontinence products in smaller sizes.
I trained one of my sons to stay dry by putting him in underwear while he was still wetting at night. Sometimes the kids bedwetting diapers are just too absorbent, and kids cannot feel when they've gone!
What was my secret for not endlessly changing sheets? I put an overnight pull-up over his underwear, so that it wouldn't leak through. However, once he wet, the underwear underneath kept the moisture against his skin (instead of wicking it into the diaper), and he didn't like the feel of being wet.
As time went on, I took away the pull up and put bedwetting plastic pants over his underwear to keep it from soaking through. The only trouble with plastic bedwetting pants, though, is that if your child is older and has a larger bladder, they will not hold in all of the urine through the night. Which is where my next topic comes into play...
Rubber Sheets for Bedwetting
You can find rubber sheets at most household stores to place under their sheets. They come in all shapes and sizes, and even have ones that are hooked directly to the back of a mattress pad.
The downside of using these under the sheets is that you still need to wash the sheets in the morning, but the upside is that you won't need to clean the mattress, too!
If you don't have the money to invest in rubber sheets, you can cut open a large trash bag and put it under the regular sheets. It's just as effective, and you can just throw it away the next morning.
My other son didn't like the "sound" that the rubber sheets made. If you've never laid on them, they make a sound similar to when you crinkle a diaper...which is exactly what he didn't like!
As he got older, he could hear that I put a rubber sheet on his bed from a mile away. He was convinced that he was a "big boy" and didn't need one of those on his bed...so, I had to search for other alternatives.
I found a soft bedwetting pad that is really absorbent in a specialty catalogue, and haven't looked back since (in fact, he still has it on his bed after two years, and doesn't realize it).
Before I discovered his softer bedwetting pad, I used disposable pads (like they use in hospitals) that I purchased at a medical supplies store. They work really well, too(although they are a little more expensive).
Bedwetting Alarm / Mositure Alarms
At night, bedwetting alarms (such as the Malem bedwetting alarm) can wake a person when he or she begins to urinate. These devices include a water-sensitive pad worn in pajamas, a wire connecting to a battery driven control, and an alarm that sounds when moisture is first detected.
For the alarm to be used as an effective bedwetting cure, the child must awaken or be awakened as soon as the alarm goes off. This may require having another person sleep in the same room to awaken the bedwetter.
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Source and Recommended Reading:
Swanson, Jennifer. Sleep Disorders Sourcebook. Detroit, Michigan: Omnigraphics, Inc., 1999: 107-109.