At Anzacare we are part of the team with you and your child to help overcome the bedwetting problem. There are two types of bedwetting that we see and if your child is a deep sleeper do not fret; we have some strategies to help him or her respond to the alarm in their sleep. Chloe had a trying time with her son who was a deep sleeper, below is her story.
“My son was about 6 1/2 years old when he started feeling upset that he was still wet at night. He’d had short periods of time where we thought he might have been growing out of it but then he would regress. It hadn’t ever worried me, I just felt that he would grow out of it at some point and we just used pull-up pants to deal with it. He wet so heavily though that sometimes it would leak out and this started to become quite upsetting for him. I asked if he would like to speak to the doctor about it the next time we were there and he agreed that would be a good idea.
“The doctor wrote us a referral to the hospital enuresis clinic. Soon after his 7th birthday he was asked to come in and learn how to use the DRI Sleeper® eclipse bedwetting alarm which the clinic provides on loan.
We entered this phase with some excitement, but also with trepidation as we really didn’t know what to expect. The staff at the hospital did an excellent job of explaining the process to us and my son signed an agreement to say that he would follow all the instructions properly and take ownership of the issue. A big part of the programme was to have the child responsible for changing the sheets and returning the bed to it’s proper state when they had been wet. He felt quite special to be ‘in charge’.”
“The hospital clinic does not allow a child to use nappies with the alarm so there were a lot of wet sheets to get washed and dried. The alarm would sound as soon as it detected any moisture. Initially however my son slept so soundly the alarm didn’t wake him up. In the beginning I would wake him as soon as it went off, he would turn it off and we would begin the clean-up.
We checked in with the supervising nurse weekly and she monitored progress. I knew all children were different and we had been warned it may not be a fast process for him. By the time we were approaching the 3 month mark we were starting to see progress. He wasn’t wet as often and when he was it was generally not as much. So the initial 3 month loan of the DRI Sleeper® eclipse bedwetting alarm was extended to allow the process to continue.”
“It took somewhere between 5 and 6 months before we knew we were home and hosed. By this time my son was waking in the night and using the bathroom – what a relief! We then proceeded with fluid challenges to make sure the process had been successful, and even going to bed with a tummy full of water he would wake in the night to use the bathroom. SUCCESS! The DRI Sleeper® eclipse alarm was returned and the process was complete.”
“He consistently wakes either during the night or in the early morning to use the toilet and we haven’t looked back. The process was not easy! But the results have been brilliant and I have a happy boy who is confident enough to be able to sleep away from home. That is a wonderful result.”
We understand it can be a very stressful time for both you and your child, with a lot of questions needing answers and at times full of doubt. That’s why we are here; to provide resources and the best solution to cure bedwetting.
Disclaimer: For information only. This communication is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professionals regarding any medical questions or conditions.
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