Dr.Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett has partnered with DryNites® Pyjama Pants since 2009, providing bedwetting facts and debunking the myths around this delicate subject. Dr.Cathrine comes with a wealth of educational knowledge with over 22 years of experience in Early Childhood and currently is the Academic Director of the Early Years at the University of Wollongong. Learn from expert answers through a series of informative video clips.
Expert answers has been designed to guide you through common bedwetting questions. These include bedwetting management, bedwetting alarms and how parents can help their child through this phase. Explore all you need to know about bedwetting with DryNites®.
How do I stop and cure bedwetting?
The tricky thing about bedwetting is that there is no ‘cure’ for it. There are many things you can try to stop bedwetting, but what works for some may not work for others. Your child may not respond to anything except time. Whatever the case, stopping bedwetting is certainly worth a try!
So let’s go through some of the most effective bedwetting solutions now.
The first thing to do, with the help of your child’s doctor, is to rule out minor medical conditions, such as constipation or urinary tract infections, which can cause bedwetting if left untreated. If your child is suffering from constipation, some diet adjustments could be all you need to achieve dry nights. As for urinary tract infections, they are easily treated with a course of antibiotics.
One of the most successful approaches to treatment is the conditioning alarm. Bedwetting alarms work by setting off an alarm when your child starts to wet, waking them up so that they get up and go to the toilet. Over a period of time this conditions the body and your child learns to wake without the need for the alarm. It is not unusual for the alarm not to work at first and may take up to 6 months of constant use. Children may experience one or two relapses, when this occurs you need to reintroduce and repeat the process.
Another solution to effectively manage bedwetting are products such as DryNites® Pyjama Pants and Bed Mats. While the will not help children to stop wetting the bed they will help your child take control of the situation and regain their confidence during their journey to being dry during the night time.
The only guaranteed bedwetting cure is time and patience. If you want a pretty good estimate of how long it might take, think back to your own childhood. If you wet the bed as a chlld, chances are your own child will stop at around the same age you did. This is because bedwetting is believed to be genetically inherited. But it’s really one of those issues that they will work through at their own pace.
Always keep in mind that wetting the bed is not your child’s fault. They’ll need as much love, support, and patience that you can give during this phase. It can be a tough time for families, but rest assured you’ll get there soon!
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