How to stop bedwetting in teenagers

Teenage bed wetting occurs in 3% of 14-year-olds and 1% of 18-year-olds. Girls are relatively more likely to be adolescent bedwetters, boys tend to improve as they mature. Once a child has reached the age of 16-18 there is no reassurance incontinence will go away. As a result, it is considered a chronic illness for an adolescent.

If there are any medical concerns, or bed wetting occurs spontaneously during the teenage years, it would pay to consult a medical professional to rule out any medical or neurological problems.

Usually, teenage bed wetting is associated with small bladder capacity or overproduction of urine at night time and heavy sleep. Drinking alcohol aggravates the condition.

For those with overactive bladders (where the child has to toilet urgently and risks wetting their pants on the way to the bathroom), bladder training to stretch and strengthen the bladder is important. Make sure your teenager drinks at least 8 glasses of water a day to help increase their bladder capacity. Also, introduce a programme of timed toilet visits during the day to reduce 'urge' visits and get them to practise relaxation techniques while toileting, and around urge feelings.

Due to the fact that teenage bed wetting is not as common as bed wetting in younger children, teenagers may have a heightened sense of embarrassment and social isolation. Parents need to be mindful of this and give their teenagers as much support as possible.

Bedwetting alarms can be used successfully with teenagers to treat Primary Nocturnal Enuresis where the teenager has never had significant periods of dry nights. By the teenage years, they are often highly motivated to overcome their bed wetting so getting them on board to treat it can be easier than with younger children. By training the teenager to wake when the bladder is full, an alarm mimics the natural process of arousal from sleep that occurs in non-bedwetters. Over time the mind-body connection will develop whereby the teenager can recognise the feeling of a full bladder before they start wetting the bed and wake up.

The alarm preferred by teenagers is the DRI Sleeper Eclipse as it is wireless and discreet to wear.


Read next: How to stop bedwetting with an alarm

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It’s been fantastic

Hello, I have a dri sleeper bedwetting alarm I have been using with my seven year old son for ten weeks now. It’s been fantastic as except for the first two weeks we haven’t had a single wet bed.

Well done - that is a terrific effort!
We have seen a massive improvement

Hi Karen,

We have been following all of the advice in your email for the past five weeks and we have seen a massive improvement. After the second week he was dry for six nights in a row, the following week the alarm went off four times (only once during the night) and his underpants were only wet a small amount. The following week the alarm only went off once and again only his underpants were wet. We are currently in a stretch of six nights dry and hoping for this to continue.

Thank you so much for your assistance, any advice is greatly appreciated.
Kind regards

Natalie

That’s great news. Yes keep using the alarm until he has achieved 14 consecutive dry nights then he can stop using the alarm.
this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage!

Hello Karen, I can confirm that this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage! Can’t rate this highly enough and our 6 year old boy has basically gone from being wet every night (without fail) to now getting up on his own accord and going to the toilet in the night and being dry (pull up free!) in the morning! Even held wee in till the morning on a couple of occasions over last week! Incredibly effective product and will obviously be giving 5 stars on Amazon shortly (which says something as very rarely leave product reviews!)

Kind Regards

Richard
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Congratulations Richard! Thanks for the feedback.
Cured!!!! Thank you.

Cured!!!! Thank you. I was dubious as to whether it would really work. It took a while to persuade our 5y/o to try it as she was VERY attached to the night nappies. The first 2 weeks were very hard. Up every night. But I could see some small progress in the second week as she began to wake up. Week 3 a lot better. Week 4 we started having dry nights. We’ve only had one bed wet since she was dry and that was at 9pm and we think due to a bad dream. Now she gets up to go to the toilet or waits till morning. So happy. It was well worth the perseverance and all the extra washing. No more nappies for us! She still won’t give up the alarm yet, but that’s no issue.

Perserverance is the key. Well done Deb!
He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself.

My 7 year old son has NEVER been dry in his life. Every night he was SATURATED and leaked through pull ups through the bedding.

It was his decision to order his alarm from your website as he was desperate to be dry and 'normal'. We ordered the DRI Sleeper excel.

From the first night he was dry he has NEVER had an accident since. He raced around the house with joy, saying 'my brain has woken up, my brain has woken up!!!!'.

It's now 6 weeks since his first dry night. He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself that it worked. In reflection I wish I'd gotten the wireless version but it still did a great job.

Words can't express how this has changed our sons life and ours. We have given away all his pull ups and we are all well slept. I can't thank you enough.

Thanks for sharing your story with us. This will be very encouraging for other parents.