Enuresis is a repeated inability to control urination (wetting). Use of the term is usually limited to describing individuals old enough to be expected to exercise such control. Involuntary urination is also known as urinary incontinence and can occur with both children and adults. Enuresis is often used to describe wetting by children who cannot control their urination, and beyond an age when bladder control is normally expected. This incontinence is frequently noted when the child is asleep and not conscious. Most children have control (continence) of their bladder by the age of two, but this can extend to a later age. Many experts recommend that a child who is five years old and still incontinent may merit further intervention to help develop bladder control, especially when the child is asleep and the wetting problem likely to occur.
For bedwetting advice, the first stop should be to your pediatrician or qualified medical practitioner. When behavioral therapy is recommended, the DryBuddy child-friendly moisture alarm alerts the parent and child conveniently and reliably. The alert, which occurs at the instant of bedwetting, reduces the incidence of primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE) by helping the child recognize a full bladder, and weans the child from bedwetting.
Do’s and Don’t’s
- DO take your child to see your pediatrician or qualified medical practitioner to discuss the bed wetting problem.
- DO stay calm.
- DO let your child know if you or your spouse had a problem bed wetting as a child. If he/she understands that bed wetting may be hereditary, it can ease anxiety and help him/her cope with the condition.
- DO reassure your child that something can be done so that they can go on sleepovers or to camp.
- DO protect the mattress from getting wet with a vinyl covering or a large towel. A diaper or “Pull-ups” works most conveniently.
- DO keep the child warm at night.
- DO praise your child for effort as well as for success.
- DO help your child mark his dry nights on a calendar and tell him he/she has done well.
- DO remind the child to go “pee” before going to bed.
- DO make it easy for the child to go to the bathroom at night by putting a night-light or potty in his room.
- DO wake up when the child’s alarm sounds.
- DO help the child to wake up when the alarm sounds, and assist with cleaning and other tasks.
- DO let the child help change the bed and do the laundry.
- DO work together as a team.
- DO help your child handle changes such as a new baby in the house or a family move.
- DO get as much information about treatment options as you can.
- DO NOT yell at your child.
- DO NOT blame yourself or your child.
- DO NOT give tea, cola drinks or cocoa (caffeine beverages) to your child, and certainly not for three to four hours before bedtime.
- DO NOT punish them or make them feel like criminals.
- DO NOT embarrass or humiliate your child, particularly in front of others.
- DO NOT make them feel like failures or that they are not trying hard enough.
- DO NOT make them feel guilty or “bad”.
- DO NOT become discouraged if you do not get quick results. Some patients naturally take longer than others.
DryBuddy believes in two important concepts: affordable innovation and helping our customers. Our products are uniquely designed for practical and flexible use, comfort, convenience and value. DryBuddyFLEX and DryBuddyEZ+ are highly affordable products that will help you end bedwetting problems.