It's not a great issue for any of us, but now that he is at school and doing sleepovers he is becoming aware that his friends don't wear night pants. Should we be taking any active steps or waiting for him to become dry on his own?
Hi S.C. – bedwetting tends to become more of an issue as children get older and want to start attending sleepovers. One way you could reduce his anxiety is by holding the sleepover at your house. You can help him to feel more confident about the situation by practicing getting ready for bed and finding ways to disguise his DryNites. Given your son’s age and his desire to become dry I think it is certainly time to introduce some form of treatment. Conditioning or bedwetting alarms are currently the most effective form of treatment. These work by helping your son learn to recognise the need to pass urine and either wake-up and go to the toilet or learn to hold on until morning. If he is a particularly deep sleeper and unable to wake on his own you may need to initially help him to wake in response to the alarm. It can take a few weeks until he begins to respond to the alarm and may take up to 3 months to achieve continence. This is best done under guidance of a continence specialist, so if your own doctor is not familiar with this form of treatment ask to be referred to someone who is. Good luck!