my daughter is 7 and still wets the bed at night. She is in dry nights. We have restricted her water intake after 6 and have tried to wake her at midnight to wee. She is fast asleep and very difficult to wake. I have tried the alarm you put in their undies as well. It did not wake her, any other suggestions she is becoming very anxious about camp
firstly, let me apologise for the delay in getting back to you I have had an overwhelming number of questions to answer over the past two weeks. Children wet the bed for many different reasons so it is often a good idea to first have your daughter checked by a continence specialist who can assess her individual needs – you can be referred by your doctor or contact the National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66). While the conditioning alarm is no suitable for every child it may be worth keeping in mind that most parents find their children are unable to wake on their own initially – if this is the case you need to get up and wake her – even if she is already wet as she needs to learn to turn the alarm off by herself. The time it takes for children to achieve dryness can be anything from a few weeks to a few months with about 10-15% of children experiencing some relapse – when this happens you need to reintroduce the alarm treatment although treatment is typically much quicker the second time around. Some families have also combined this with other more experimental approaches such as hypnotherapy and have found it to be more successful than when used in isolation. If you want to continue waking her at night try varying the times you do so to avoid conditioning the bladder into emptying at the same time each night. If she continues to wet the bed when it’s time for school camp she has two main options. Firstly, she can attend and wear her DryNites. You could discuss ways of disguising these so that other children do not find out – make sure you speak with her teacher beforehand so that she has someone she can go to. You will probably find she is not the only child attending who experiences bedwetting and they may be able to room them together for additional support. Secondly, you can talk to your GP about medications that are used for the treatment of bedwetting. These can be quite effective however they should only be used in the short-term. As with all treatments, medications do not work for all children so give it a dry run before she goes away.