We at Nytone understand how incredibly frustrating it is for a child with a bed wetting problem and frustrating for the parent as well. The child feeling embarrassed and insecure because of their inability to sleep successfully through the night without an accident. The parent, trying to ease the child's feelings, change wet sheets, suffer sleep loss and the helpless feeling of not being able to remedy this behavior in their child. But for anyone to place the label of "lazy" on a child who suffers from frequent bed wetting is thoughtless and could not be farther from he truth!
"I call it the hidden problem of childhood," says Howard Bennett, MD, a pediatrician and author of Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting. "Unlike asthma or allergies, it's just not talked about outside the house." Just like Dr. Bennett has mentioned, the fact that this is a topic that is delicate, and not shared outside of the home places many stigmas on the behavior of bedwetting.
"Ninety percent of kids think they're the only ones who wet the bed, which makes them feel even worse," says Bennett. The first step in the process of eliminating bed wetting in children, is openly talking with them about the behavior. Listening and allowing the topic to not be taboo, is the first step to removing the insecurities and even shame the child may be feeling. Many labels are attached to a child who wets the bed, particularly if they are a few years past the potty training years, and especially into the teen years (very common in boys). Some of these labels are placed on the child by themselves, thinking it is a failure, they are lazy and a baby. This could not be farther from the truth. Sleeping through the night without urinating is the absolutely last step in the potty training process and is achieved at many different ages for different children. Some reasons are medical, but this is much more the exception than the rule.
"The majority of bedwetting is inherited," says Bennett. "For three out of four kids, either a parent or a first-degree relative also wet the bed in childhood."
Scientists have even located some of the specific genes that lead to delayed nighttime bladder control. (For the record, they're on chromosome 13, 12, and 8.)
"Most parents who had the same problem communicate it to their kids, which is good," suggests Bennett. "It helps a kid understand, I'm not alone, it's not my fault."
Dr. Bennett just reaffirms how important a parent talking openly with their child about bed wetting is and is the first step to eliminating the behavior.
Bedwetting that's caused by medical problems is genuinely rare -- 3% of cases or less, according to Bennett. Urinary tract infections, sleep apnea, diabetes, spinal cord problems, and deformities of the bladder or urinary tract -- all are worth mentioning, but probably not worrying over.
Since it is very unlikely that your child's bed wetting stems from a medical problem, medicating a child, will not alleviate the problem, but is not healthy and completely unnecessary!!! This is where we at Nytone offer the safest, most effective and natural solution to bed wetting. Our alarm, created over 30 years ago, and engineered to the alarm it is today, is a parents greatest ally in this night time battle of wetting the bed. The alarm is easy to use, not threatening to the child, and offers very efficient and safe results. When used properly and diligently, the Nytone bed wetting alarm can eliminate this habit as early as two weeks.
There is no need to wait to try the Nytone bed wetting alarm. It is unnecessary to hope that the behavior will just go away on it's own. Open the lines of communication right when the behavior starts, so your child is not feeling ashamed or alone. After that dialogue has been established, talk to your child about the alarm and put it into use!
Wet sheets in the middle of the night, loss of sleep and mounting frustration in both child and parent can be a thing of the past. Order you Nytone alarm today!
**Dr. Howard Bennett is a frequent contributor to WEBMd