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Bed Wetting and Nocturnal Enuresis

Bed wetting up until the age of five is fairly common. After toilet training a toddler aged 2-4 may wet the bed two times per week. To decrease the number of nighttime accidents be sure your child uses the bathroom just before bedtime. When accidents occur simply change the sheets and pajamas, do not scold your child. To protect bed use a mattress pad or waterproof mattress pad shown below. Accidents during the first years following toilet training are normal and should gradually decrease over time.

No matter what their age, if your child suddenly begins having accidents consult their doctor immediately.

Nocturnal enuresisis frequent bedwetting that occurs after the age of five. It is estimated that 1 out of 10 children over the age of five will experience frequent bedwetting. If your child suffers from nighttime enuresis be sure to consult your physician to rule out emotional or physical problems. Your doctor will want to rule out several things including urinary tract infection and kidney or bladder abnormalities. You may be referred to a pediatric urologist. There appears to be a genetic factor involved in nighttime enuresis so a child who has a family history of bedwetting may be more prone to also being a bed wetter. Bed wetting is also more common in boys.

What is the Home Treatment for Bed Wetting?

Advice for Ending Bed Wetting Problems

Once medical and emotional problems have been ruled out your doctor may give you a home treatment program to follow to reduce the frequency of accidents. Follow your doctors instructions. Here are a few basic things that you can do to help ease the situation if you have a child who suffers from nighttime enuresis. The first step is to reassure your child that it is not their fault and that they are not going to be punished for accidents. Decrease the amount of fluids consumed in the evening. Eliminate caffeine from the diet. This includes caffeinated sodas, chocolate and tea. Have the child use the bathroom immediately before his or her bedtime. Wake them before you go to sleep and have them use the bathroom again. Reward them for dry nights but do not punish for accidents. If accident occurs simply change sheets and keep things calm.  Consider using underpads such as the J Lamb's Waterproof Bed Cover to protect bed.

Bedwetting Alarms

A bedwetting alarm can also help. There are two main styles of alarms. The Nite Train-r Wet Call bedwetting alarm is an example of a bed alarm that utilizes a pad placed on mattress. The Nite Train-r bedwetting alarm for girls(also available for boys) and the WET-STOP Bedwetting Alarm shown below are wearable alarms. They have a small pad that is worn inside underwear. The pads all hook to a battery operated alarm box that will signal at first sign of urination. By using the bedwetting alarm consistently and according to directions a child will be awakened as soon as they begin to wet the bed so that they may then get up to use the bathroom.

J Lamb's Waterproof Bed Cover 34" x 36"

This waterproof pad is quilted through with no exposed vinyl surfaces. Simply lay the pad across the bed (over the bottom sheet and tuck in the tails. Changing the bed easy because the sheet does not have to be removed....Read More

Bedwetting alarm pad style
Nite Train-r Wet Call bedwetting alarm

Wet Call's bedwetting alarm consists of a small bedwetting alarm powered by a 9v battery and a very effective moisture sensing pad. The pad is made of a combination of... Read More

Best Seller - Nite Train-r bedwetting alarm for girls

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Best Seller - WET-STOP2 Bedwetting Alarm

This small wearable bedwetting alarm helps children learn to achieve nighttime dryness by conditioning the child to stop the flow of urine when sleeping. A buzzer sounds at the first drops of urine and awakens the child. Over time children learn to sense the need to awaken and urinate themselves...Read More