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 unusual as you might think. Around one in six children around the age of six suffers from it. Because it is often not talked about much, children (and parents) assume that they are on their own. We are looking to change that!
Causes of bedwetting
Specialists do not yet know exactly why one child wets the bed and the other does not. The causes of bedwetting are therefore not yet entirely clear. On average, boys wet the bed twice as often as girls. We know that bedwetting is a natural part of development as the body gets to know itself better and better. Little by little, the child gets the bladder under control better and the brain learns to recognise messages from a full bladder.
Because bedwetting is hereditary, certain families are more affected than others. If both parents have suffered from bedwetting in the past, the chances are 77% that the child will also suffer from it! Here are some tips on how to prevent bedwetting.
How do you deal with bedwetting?
What to do about bedwetting? It is important to realise that you are not alone! Millions of children suffer from bedwetting every day. Children often feel guilty and ashamed. It is important to explain to your child that this happens to many children and that it will pass sooner or later. Explain to your child in a positive way that he or she is not alone.
In many cases, your little one may find it difficult to stay with friends because there is a chance that other children will see that they wet the bed. This is quite normal and depending on your child, you can decide whether to encourage them or not.
If your child has an accident in the evening, it is important not to get angry or frustrated. In almost all cases, you child cannot do much about it. You can ask your child to help you change the bed so that he or she becomes more aware of the consequences. Make it clear that this is not a punishment, but simply part of the process!
Solutions against bedwetting
Wetting the bed is an unpleasant event. Fortunately, there are several solutions against bedwetting. For example, you can wake your child in time during the night. You can also go to your GP and find out if there are any medicines that can help. Medication is a last resort. Fortunately, there are friendlier and more efficient ways to solve your child’s bedwetting. The bedwetting alarm method offers a solution in most cases. Research has shown that 93% of all children are potty trained within 6 to 8 weeks when using the Dryly bedwetting alarm. It is not without reason that many parents are incredibly positive about the effect of the Dryly® bedwetting alarm. That is why we are very proud of the positive reviews!
Tackling bedwetting using the Dryly® bedwetting alarm is the most effective and quickest method of helping children to stop bedwetting. The bedwetting alarm method is a training method that teaches the child to wake up when their bladder is full. This is done using special sensor underwear which sends a signal to the stuffed toy Wizzu and to the parents’ mobile app when your child needs to go to the toilet.
When your child goes to bed, they put on a special pair of sensor underpants and snap the transmitter on that. As soon as your child starts peeing in bed at night and the first drops of urine reach the sensor pants, the alarm goes off immediately and a signal is sent to the parents’ mobile phone. The support of the parents is crucial during this process. The alarm sound from Wizzu (the panda stuffed toy) wakes your child up promptly and as a reflex, the sphincter of the bladder will close.
Your child can switch off the alarm clock by shaking Wizzu once and then going to the toilet.
Medication against bedwetting
Minrin is the most prescribed medication against bedwetting. This medication against bedwetting reduces urine production while sleeping. Normally, the production of urine during the night is lower than during the day. The hormone ADH is responsible for this. In some children, the production of ADH is not lower at night than during the day. This causes the amount of urine to not fit in the bladder at night.
When a child reaches the age of 7 years, bedwetting is considered a problem. There are several solutions to bedwetting. The first choice is to use a bedwetting alarm, if the bedwetting alarm does not help your child may be prescribed medication against bedwetting.