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Dr Catherine
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8-15 years

Hi... My child is 8 years old and he wets the bed regularly, I have tried waking up in the sleep to alaram nothing seems to work. It's really frustrating for both me and my kid. Can you please tell me if there is anything I can do regarding it. Thanks in advance

Unfortunately the conditioning alarm does not work with all children although I find its success depends to a certain extent on the amount of support received (from a continence specialist) as well as how motivated children are to be dry. Given his age I’m sure motivation is not an issue. It is quite common for children not to wake on their own to the alarm – it is usually necessary for parents to wake their children initially - you should do this even if he is already wet as this is how he will eventually learn to wake on her own. It is not unusual for children to experience a relapse after treatment – if this is the case you will need to reintroduce the program. You might want to give some thought to is his diet – certain food allergies have been linked with bedwetting, food colouring, dairy, and wheat can be problematic for children who have food sensitivities or allergies, you also want to encourage regular drinking of water throughout the day and avoid drinks high in caffeine and sugar. All the best! Kind Regards, Dr Cathrine