Bedwetting: everything you need to know

What is bedwetting? If a child is the age at which he/she should have good control over the bladder, but still wets the bed, we call that bedwetting. In practice, this happens in children from five and six years old.

Bedwetting occurs in many children and is not as extraordinary as you might think. About 20% of children around six years old suffer from it. Because it is often not talked about much, children (and parents) get the impression that they are on their own. We will change that! We consider the question ‘what is bedwetting’ to be something of the past, and quickly.

Why do children pee the bed?

Specialists are not yet exactly sure why one child wets the bed and the other child does not. The processes behind putting an end to peeing in bed are not yet completely figured out either. We do know that bedwetting is a natural part of the development whereby the body gets to know itself better and better. Little by little, the body gets better control of the bladder and the brain learns better to recognize messages from a full bladder.

Since bedwetting can be passed down genetically, you will see that certain families are more affected than others. If both parents have suffered from bedwetting in the past, there is a 77% chance that the child will suffer from it too!

How do you deal with bedwetting?

It is important to realize that you are not alone! Every night millions of children suffer from bedwetting. Children often feel guilty and powerless. It is important that you explain to your child that this happens to a lot of children and that it will pass. By being able to answer the question ‘what is bedwetting’ in a proper way, you can also clearly tell your child that he or she is not alone.

In many cases your little one finds it difficult to go out for a sleepover because there is a chance that other children will notice that he or she peed the bed. This is very normal and depending on your child, you can determine whether you want to give a little nudge forward or leave it for now.

If your child has an accident in the evening, it is important not to get angry or frustrated. In almost all cases, the child is unable to do much about the situation. However, you can ask your child to help change the bed so that he or she becomes more aware of the consequences. Make it absolutely clear that it is not a punishment, but that this just happens to be part of the process!

Bij bedplassen is er meestal sprake van de volgende problemen:

  • The ability to wake up
    Children who wet their beds sometimes do not wake up due to the stimulation of a full bladder or when their bladder contracts. A child’s internal alarm clock does not work the way it should. Your child does not feel the urge to pee. The bedwetting alarm method helps to establish a connection between the stimulus of a full bladder and waking up by means of an alarm.
  • ‘A nervous bladder
    A second common cause of bedwetting is a nervous bladder. As a result, the bladder does not function properly and suddenly and unconsciously contracts. This can occur at any time, even when the bladder is relatively empty. About half of the children with a bedwetting problem suffer from a nervous bladder.
  • Too much urine production
    Some children produce too much urine at night. The amount of urine is then too much for bladder capacity. Normally there is a reduced urine production during sleep at night. This is due to the ‘anti-platelet hormone’ (antidiuretic hormone) that is released by the brain at night. When this hormone is under-released, an overproduction of urine can occur. For this, your doctor can prescribe medication to stimulate the production of this hormone.

Tackling bedwetting

Over the years, several methods have been developed that address bedwetting to help children get rid of bedwetting. Most methods consist of training, for example using a bedwetting alarm. This way, the body is trained to recognize a full bladder at night. In this article, we will discuss some methods that address bedwetting and can help find the solution against bedwetting. Hopefully you understand why we are convinced that bedwetting alarm training is the best and fastest method against bedwetting.

Bedwetting alarm method

Tackling bedwetting with the (Dryly®) bedwetting alarm is by far the most effective and fastest method to get rid of bedwetting in children. The Dryly® bedwetting alarm method is a training method with which the child learns to wake up when the bladder gives a signal when it is full. This is done with the help of special sensor underwear that sends a signal to the Panda stuffed toy (Wizzu) and to the mobile App with the parents when your child needs to go to the bathroom.

When your child goes to bed, he / she puts on the special sensor pants and clicks the transmitter onto those. As soon as your child starts to urinate in bed at night and the first drops of urine come into contact with the sensor pants, the bedwetting alarm will immediately go off and a signal will be sent to the parents’ mobile phone. The guidance/assistance offered by the parents is crucial during this process. Because of the warning sound from Wizzu (the panda stuffed toy) your child will be woken up promptly and in a reflex the sphincter of the bladder will close.

Your child can turn off the alarm clock by shaking Wizzu and then head to the bathroom. It is especially important that your child is fully awake and completely aware of peeing on the toilet. Afterwards you put on clean pants and you can both go back to sleep. The average duration of a bedwetting alarm training is about 2 to 3 months. Tackling bedwetting with the Dryly® bedwetting alarm delivers noticeably faster results, results in 6-8 weeks. The duration partly depends on the motivation and consistency with which the training is carried out, Dryly®’s playful approach stimulates the child and speeds up the whole process.

Medication

Stopping bedwetting is a learning process. After all, your child does not have a problem peeing, but with the timing of when to pee. As long as there are no physical problems that cause the bedwetting, medication is often not the solution.

Sometimes a doctor prescribes a medication to support potty-training, for example Minrin (desmopressin). This medicine ensures that less urine is produced at night, making the bladder less likely to fill and reducing the risk of bedwetting. Your child should not drink too much in the evening, because the product ensures that the skin retains moisture. Minrin helps your child to stay dry the night, but this is symptom control of the bedwetting problem, it has no effect on the learning process. Tackling bedwetting in this way is not a definitive solution but can be suitable for temporary use, e.g., at sleepovers or school camps.

If your child’s bladder is too small, Dridase (oxibutinin) or Vesicare (solifenacin) are prescribed. These medications will make the bladder more flexible, allowing it to store more urine and reducing the chances of bedwetting.

Wake up your child preventively

You can of course also tackle bedwetting by waking up your child preventively, this is a commonly used method. You then agree with your child in advance that you will wake him/her at a fixed time. Always wake your child in a calm manner at the agreed time and repeat that this was the agreement. It is important that you speak your child’s name out loud if you believe your child is not fully awake yet. It is particularly important that your child is fully awake, otherwise tackling the bedwetting in this way has no effect!

Pee diary or calendar

Tackling bedwetting with a pee diary or calendar is a common method. With this method you will start to reward your child. Together with your child, make a calendar sheet with boxes for each day. Based on the “performance of each night”, your child can color in a box every morning, draw a sun or add a sticker. If your child has wet the bed that night, the box will remain open. After every 10 completed boxes, your child has earned a reward which you can both agree on together in advance. You can reward your child with a resent but also by letting him/her stay up a bit longer for example.

Tackle bedwetting with bladder training

When your child wakes up in the morning, let him/her drink 2 cups of water in a short time. When the moment your child needs to pee presents itself, try to postpone it. For example, you can slowly count to 10 and stretch this further later on. Another possibility is to let your child pee in a measuring cup, you make a game out of it by peeing more and more the day before.

Bedwetting has an impact on self-confidence

Bedwetting can cause psychological problems in the longer term. It has been established that as a result, children are often insecure and have a lower self-image. And it is also a source of frustration for parents. In addition to having to do laundry all the time, you also have the feeling that you are failing and cannot give your child that relaxing night they need.

Dryly® bedwetting alarms

Dryly - bedwetting alarm pack - Star - the solution against bedwetting

Dryly Bedwetting Alarm pack Star

Transmitter & Receiver
Underwear (Combi pack)
Wizzu (panda soft toy)
Dryly® mobile app
Charger


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Dryly - bedwetting alarm pack - Hero - the solution against bedwetting

Dryly Bedwetting Alarm pack Hero

Transmitter & Receiver
Underwear (Combi pack)
Wizzu (panda soft toy)
Dryly® mobile app
Charger
Mattress Protector

262,00 199,00

Dryly - bedwetting alarm pack- Superhero - the solution against bedwetting

Dryly® Bedwetting Alarm pack Superhero

Transmitter & Receiver
Underwear solid color (2-pack)
Underwear Wizzu (2-pack)
Wizzu (panda soft toy)
Dryly® mobile app
Charger
Mattress Protector

303,00 219,00

Dryly®, the best solution against bedwetting!

When your child wets the bed, you will naturally wonder where that comes from. You then wonder what is happening in your child’s life. Is there turmoil? Is there stress within the family or at school? Bedwetting may also be a phase that cannot be traced back directly, but it may also have a medical cause. It is very important to be aware of this and to see a doctor. Psychological problems alone are hardly ever a cause for bedwetting. However, it is possible that psychological problems (ADHD, ASD, stress, …) make it worse and/or make the treatment more difficult.

Heredity for example, always plays an important role in bedwetting. If one of the parents has suffered from bedwetting in the past, there is a 43% chance that the child will also suffer from bedwetting. If both parents have suffered from bedwetting in the past, the chance is even higher at 77%! In the case of my son, one of the grandparents suffered from bedwetting until late in life.

I often hear parents seeking the cause with the child, for example’ he/she is lazy and doesn’t want to get out of the warm bed’ or ‘my child always waits too long’ or ‘my child drinks too late or too much’, but these are all myths. Experience shows that children do find bedwetting a problem, but do not always express this. It is really not nice for a child to pee in bed. And believe me, your child can’t do anything about it.