“Bed Wetting Doctors” and doctors who wet the bed to age 10
At a Pediatric conference in the U.S. they took a secret survey and found that 25% of the doctors present actually wet the bed to age 10. They could have been dry at night by age 6 if they knew a few simple rules about hydration and bladder toning.
Generally doctors can’t help with bed wetting because there is nothing physically wrong with a child who wets at night. He might have a problem with constipation or small bladder, but there are better ways than drugs to fix these issues. Our DryKids program is not medical, but it does apply the methods developed by these experts:
Dr. Max Maizels, Chicago Memorial Hospital developed the Try for Dry program, “More than four million children over the age of five wet the bed. For most, time will solve the problem – eventually. But how long will ‘eventually’ be, and at what cost to parents’ frayed nerves or to the child’s self-esteem? Parents can speed up the clock and children can wake up dry. the Try for Dry program offers proven techniques that bring bed wetting to a happy end. They cover the pros and cons of wetting alarms, drug therapies, biofeedback treatment, and changes in diet and sleeping schedules, and they provide friendly advice on how to replace punishment and shame with awards and praise. With diaries, calendars, and other visual aids that help the child share responsibility for a solution…
Dr. Howard Bennett, Washington D.C. bennett
Author of “Waking up Dry”
“There is nothing quite so rewarding that a parent can do, than help a child to overcome bed wetting”
Sara – HelpmeSara.com
Sara Dimerman – Psychologist, Parenting and Relationship Expert, & Author
If your child is still bedwetting beyond the age of six, you may have explored options such as the urine alarm system or medication as a way of helping him stop. However, most literature supports an approach that includes some behaviour modification – either on its own or in conjunction with other methods. Teaching a child new skills and techniques that support his staying dry, along with employing other interventions, often has longer lasting effects than when only one approach is employed at a time…..
Why behavioural therapy is the best bed wetting treatment
Kimberly Dunn, PNP, Laura Weissman, MD, and Sherry Tsai, CPNP, of BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Laura Weissman, MD, a specialist in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston, says “the cause of the enuresis is generally not pathological and can be treated with behavioral therapy.” Success rates can be as high as 90 percent when alarm training is combined with behavioural modification, elimination diet, and most cases resolve within two months….
Why drugs are not the answer to nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting)
“As a last resort, your child’s doctor may prescribe medication to stop enuresis. There are no guarantees, however, and medication doesn’t cure the problem. Bed-wetting typically resumes when the medication is stopped.
Slow nighttime urine production. The drug desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) boosts levels of a natural hormone (anti-diuretic hormone, or ADH) that forces the body to make less urine at night. Although DDAVP has few side effects, the most serious is the potential for seizures. This can happen if your child drinks too much when taking the medication. For this reason, don’t use this medication on nights when your child drinks a lot of fluids. Additionally, don’t give your child this medication if he or she has a headache, has vomited or feels nauseous.
Calm the bladder. If your child has a small bladder, an anticholinergic drug such as oxybutynin (Ditropan) or hyoscyamine (Levsin) may help reduce bladder contractions and increase bladder capacity. Side effects may include dry mouth and facial flushing.
Change a child’s sleeping and waking pattern. The antidepressant imipramine (Tofranil) may provide bed-wetting relief by changing a child’s sleeping and waking pattern. The medication may also increase the amount of time a child can hold urine or reduce the amount of urine produced. Imipramine has been associated with mood changes and sleep problems. Caution is essential when using this medication, because an overdose could be fatal. Because of the serious nature of these side effects, this medication is generally recommended only when other treatments have failed..
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