5-10% of children from 6 to 15 years old wet their bed, that is roughly 10 kids in each class. Let's stop bullying and low self esteem and support our children.
We have tried enuresis alarms, medication, TENS (electrical nerve stimulation) and of course all the usual ploys (listed below) but alas nothing has worked. I had hoped that time and age would cure but with a class residential approaching and my son now not wanting to go I can tell we have a problem on our hands. I need to take action, I need to be proactive yet sensitive.
Last year Spike gave a class talk about his ileostomy, a sort of show and tell, his class were fascinated and their support really boosted his self esteem. But would he get the same reaction if he gave a talk about bedwetting? He doesn't want to go there and I don't blame him so how can I support him?
#ERIC - The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity - campaign to raise awareness of #bowelandbladderconditions and they offer support and help to children, teenagers and their families. And most importantly they campaign to improve the care and support children and teenagers receive in healthcare and education settings.
This #worldbedwettingday let's ask our schools to put up posters, share information on their blogs and start a conversation with the children in assembly.
Here is a specific link for schools: HELP AT SCHOOL
Schools and families will benefit from these resources http://Stopbedwetting.org
Engage children with games: Let the kids play games
Download a World Bedwetting Day Poster
I have gleaned some fascinating and very HELPFUL FACTS from our team of medics and nurses and I hope they might help you like they helped me:
Prevent constipation - hard poo sitting in the bowel can irritate the bladder and make you wee more often.
When you have done a wee wait a minute - and then try again to see if you can do another wee.
Drinking will teach your bladder to hold more and make your kidneys work harder in the day rather than at night - encourage your child to drink regularly, 6-8 glasses or 1 litre daily.
Go to the toilet 6 times a day at specific times - this teaches your bladder that you are the boss!
Limit caffeine (tea, coffee, chocolate), it can cause more urine to be produced.
Limit blackcurrant & fresh orange juice or other drinks with high potassium content, they can irritate the bladder and make you need a wee more often.
Stop all fluids at least 1 hour before bed.
Go to the toilet before going to bed and then again before going to sleep, ie after reading.
GIVE LOTS OF LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT - it's not your child's fault.
And here is a CHECKLIST of things to think about before you next see your Dr or nurse:
Does your child feel the urge to go for a wee?
Can they hold on or do they have to hurry? Look at their body language
Are they drinking enough fluid?
Are they constipated?
Do they have a history of urinary tract infections?
How many time are they wee'ing in the day?
When and how often are they wetting their bed at night?
And lastly some of my favourite LINKS
ERIC - support & fact sheets
Stop Bed Wetting - resources, check lists and support
Enuresis Alarms - we got one from the NHS but ERIC sell them HERE
Watches - we have a WobL vibrating watch which is great for tiny wrists, annoyingly Spike takes his off so it's a bit pointless
Bed Protectors - we get disposables from the NHS but I prefer Brolly Sheets
Nappies - we get pull up pants from the NHS, otherwise stuffed for size (another issue to discuss)
RADAR - A Radar key gives access to locked, public disabled toilets around the country.
Before I should call it a day let me share a link to an extract from Gut Feeling - constipation.