Did you know that bedwetting or as it referred to, nocturnal enuresis, is a very common problem, so you are not alone if you are dealing with the frustrations and challenges of a child that wets the bed at night. In this post I will be covering “What causes bed wetting, Hereditary factors, when you should look for a solution, what solutions are available and how the Rodger Wireless Bedwetting Alarm can help you.
What causes my child to wet the bed?
Children reach different milestones in their lives at different ages and just as some will walk or talk earlier than others, so it is with them learning to control their bladder at night. A lot of people think that bed wetting is caused by the child
drinking too much before they go to bed or that they sleep too deeply. This is not always the case. Most children wet the bed because the brain does not pick up the signals that the bladder is full and so the brain doesn’t send the signals to wake the child up to go to the toilet. Because of this the child has no control over wetting their bed, and as difficult as it can be this is why as parents, we must be calm and patient. There can also be hereditary factors involved. Bedwetting can run in families, so if one or both parents used to wet the bed as children, then it is
likely that their children will too.
There are some other less common reasons why your child wets the bed. These
could include the following:
- Stress at school or home
- Your child has a sleep disorder and sleeps to deeply
- Urine infections
- Your child is constipated
- Drinking an excess of carbonated drinks in the day or stimulants like chocolate drinks.
- Medical conditions like spinal abnormalities or a small bladder and many other conditions
When should I start looking for solutions?
As I have already said, child bedwetting is a problem experienced by many families, but most girls by the age of 6 are dry through the night, boys maybe a bit older at age 7. 2/3rds of children that wet the bed at night are boys, but 95% of children are dry at night by age 10. Once your child reaches the age of 5, if they are still regularly wetting the bed, then it’s a good idea to start to look for solutions that will help. Sleepless nights because your child needs to have their bed changed is no fun, and as children get older, they become embarrassed by this problem and so are afraid to go to their friends for sleepovers or school trips. This can cause your child to have low self-esteem as they get older.
What Solutions are available?
Once you have checked out that there are no medical reasons why your child wets the bed then you may decide to look for solutions to help solve the problem. Your child needs to be involved in whichever solution you decide upon.
Remember your child will have good and bad days, try not to be negative about the bad days and always be positive when they have a good days, sometimes give a small treat as a reward, but don’t offer them big incentives as this can be stressful for them and they can become very disappointed and unmotivated if they have a few bad days.
If your child is under 5 or a little older than you may decide to see if they outgrow bedwetting. Some GP’s may recommend medication, but if you are looking for a more natural alternative then a Bed wetting Alarm system is something for you to consider. Bed wetting alarms are considered to be the most successful way to treat bedwetting and are recommended by NICE. Alarms have good long-term success with more than 80% of children becoming dry when using them. The Rodger Bedwetting alarm is a modern high tech wireless system, and very safe to use. It has a high success rate with lots of children becoming dry within a few months – some quicker. How does this system work? Please take a look at the video below. The Rodger system also has an app which can be very engaging
for older children with a progress rewards feature. The app also has a function where you can send a PDF report to your child’s clinician so they can monitor the progress, and every alarm comes with sticker rewards for those children that would prefer stickers and a chart.
Top Tips for using a bedwetting alarm
- Make sure you are positive and your child is motivated to use the alarm.
- Make setting the alarm up part of the bed time routine and practice with your child so the he/she knows what the alarm sounds like and what they can expect when the alarm sounds.
- Make sure you have read the instruction and know how it works.
- Use it every night – don’t skip night’s it needs to be part of a nightly routine.
- Make sure the alarm is loud enough for you to hear it in your bedroom.
- Don’t be discouraged if at ﬁrst you are still having wet beds, remember it is going to take a time to train the brain to understand the signals from the bladder.
- Give lots of encouragement and praise.
- STICK TO THE PLAN!
Remember there are lots of parents just like you coping with wet beds and piles of washing – you are not alone. Make sure you have plenty of clean bedding and pyjamas ready for when you need them. Purchase good bed protection. Stay positive. There are no overnight miracles but with patience, perseverance and the right motivation your child will hopefully overcome this problem.
Author: Suezy Kowalski with credits from Rodger.nl