World Bedwetting Day 2016 - Time to take action.
Posted by Karen Radford on in World Bedwetting Day | 0 comments
Does your child wet the bed? Is this causing them anxiety and you a load of extra washing and disrupted sleep? Would you and your child like to do something about it?
Well you can.
World Bedwetting Day reminds us that no child should have to wake up in a wet bed when simple solutions exist to stop bedwetting. Unfortunately, parents are often not aware that there is a solution to the bedwetting dilemma as bedwetting is not openly talked about – the embarrassment factor.
There is also a lot of misinformation about bedwetting, particularly the causes, which sometimes leads parents to believe that their child is just being lazy. But, the reality is around 15% of children regularly wet the bed between the ages of 5 - 7 and by the time they are 12 around 7% of kids still wet the bed….and there is a genetic link….so most likely someone in the immediate or close family was also a bedwetter.
However, the good news is that bedwetting can be treated. If your child has never been dry at night then a bedwetting alarm “is the only method proven to have cured the problem” (Professor Hjalmas of Sweden). What’s more, a bedwetting alarm is cost effective compared to the ongoing cost of diapers or pull-ups. It may also avoid the need for medication and has no side effects.
Although bedwetting is not a life threatening condition there comes a time when treating it becomes advisable. This is particularly the case where the child starts to suffer self-esteem issues because of their bedwetting, or, cannot enjoy normal social routines such as nights away from home. Bedwetting can also put stress on families with the extra costs involved in having to use diapers continually, or, having to wash bedding all the time. The sooner the child and family are ready to start treating the bedwetting the sooner these sorts of pressures can be relieved.
Bedwetting alarms work because they train the child’s brain to respond to the signal of a full bladder during sleep using the principle of conditioned learning. This response mechanism was discovered by Pavlov, a Russian psychologist in the early 1900s, who experimented with dogs’ feeding prompts. He found that if a powerful stimulus is associated with a neutral one then after a time the neutral one acquires the same strength as the powerful one.
In the case of bed wetters the sensation of a full bladder should wake the child to go to the toilet but it doesn’t. Bedwetting alarms work by placing a sensor in the child’s underwear that triggers an alarm when a small amount of urine is released. The sound of the alarm wakes the child so they can stop urinating. The child’s brain starts to associate the sound of the alarm with a feeling of a full bladder and over time the sensation of a full bladder starts to do the waking just like the alarm does. Bedwetting cured!
There are lots of benefits associated with curing your child’s bedwetting. Here are some of them:
- A happy kid who can engage in joy of sleepovers or nights away from home without worry;
- Teaching your child that they can be responsible for and solve their own problems: self-esteem and confidence;
- Less housework and expenditure on bedwetting management products like diapers;
- More sleep for everyone!
So why wait? Get the family together now and commit to helping the bedwetter cure their bedwetting once and for all.
Note: The family will need to stick together like a pile of Beagles to put an end to bedwetting.