Wetting the bed may lead to embarrassment, problems with self-esteem, avoiding sleepovers with friends, and other concerns, not to mention the frustration of having to change the sheets all the time. The good news is that help is available for children who wet the bed without medication. Most children have stopped wetting the bed by 5 years old. If your child is 5 years old and continues to have accidents at night, it is wise to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician to make sure there are no physical problems, which there usually aren’t. With each year of age, a little less than 20% of children stop having accidents on their own, but even those who do often experience a spontaneous remission of the bedwetting – in other words, the problem comes back. This means that most children do not stop having bedwetting accidents each year.
If you want to help your child stop wetting the bed without medication, there is a behavioral treatment that works for most children in just a few months, which is a short amount of time when looking at potentially years of bedwetting. It is more effective than waking up your child before going to bed, or restricting their drinking after supper; neither of those strategies help your child to recognize their bladder cues, or the feeling that they need to use the toilet. The moisture alarm, which is also known as the urine alarm or the bedbuzzer, is an alarm that rings to awaken you and your child when your child has an accident. For most children after 2-3 months or 20-30 times of the alarm sounding, they learn to either wake up to use the toilet, or to hold their urine until they awaken in the morning, meaning no more accidents.
If this sounds like your child and you want a treatment for bedwetting that does not involve medication, call the Geffken Group at (352) 377-1426 and we’ll be happy to help.