There is a rumour that using absorbent overnight pants can slow the progress of your child in managing his/her bedwetting, this is not right and you should not take any notice of this rumour. A benefit of absorbent nappies and in particular the Drynites® Pyjama Pants is that they are less bulky and less noticeable than normal nappies, which could help your child in fitting in with their friends.
Getting your child to stop bedwetting is a high priority for most parents, unfortunately there is not one all encompassing solution for curing bedwetting. What follows below is a review of the most commonly used solutions for bedwetting. These solutions may be used independently or combined, try one out and if it doesn’t work try another. Finding the right solution for your child’s bedwetting may be a complicated process as each case is different, but keep at it, eventually you will find a solution that works for your child. Bedwetting is a syndrome that at present has no complete cure; it is normally just part of the growing up process for any child and bedwetting can disappear as quickly as it started.
A bedwetting alarm is a device which makes a loud noise or some other kind of perceptible sensation once it detects any sign of wetness while your child is sleeping. In most cases the alarm is attached to your child’s sleepwear or absorbent pants in the area where you would expect the urine to be expelled. If the sensor detects any drops of wetness an alarm is sounded and your child should wake up immediately and go use the bathroom.
The best case scenario for your child is to recognise the feeling of a full bladder and go use the bathroom before the alarm ever goes off. Essentially it is a type of behaviour modification. These devices are often successful and some studies have recorded a 70% success rate. Generally the bedwetting alarm needs to be used for a period of no shorter than 3 months to have a good result.
Absorbent Overnight Pants
Absorbent pants like DryNites® Pyjama Pants can help your child manage their bedwetting phase. The DryNites® range can help provide night-time protection for your child from wetting the bed. Absorbent pants help to maintain your child’s self-esteem during the bedwetting stage by giving your child some control over the situation. The middle of the night crisis can now be reduced with Drynites pants
Occasionally doctors may prescribe medication such as DDAVP (known as Minirin in New Zealand) to children who wet the bed, although this is not normally recommended as medication is not a cure for your child’s bedwetting. Generally it is only prescribed for children who have not responded to bedwetting alarms. These medications are man-made form of the hormone ADH which helps regulate urine production. Normally it works by helping your child’s body make less urine during the evening and it is normally prescribed for a 3 month period.
There is a disparity in the success rates of medication for bedwetting however, some kids respond well to the medication while some don’t respond at all. Doctors are also hesitant to prescribe such bedwetting medication for children under the age of 8 as it could have some side-effects such as headaches, nausea and mild stomach cramps.
These are some of the potential solutions to help you stop bedwetting, however usually the best cure for bedwetting is time.