The wait, but do not procrastinate method is a great method to use to know when to start using a bedwetting alarm with your child. However, there is a certain extent to the procrastination that can really affect your child. As discussed in the previous blog, waiting until age 5 is considered to be the perfect time to start implementing the alarm into your child’s bedtime process. Putting alarms off after the age of 5 can be harmful to your child because your child can start to develop a habit and think that bedwetting is a good, healthy practice and therefore, bed wetting is encouraged. Waiting to start your child on bed wetting alarms after age 5 can cause other side effects such as psychological battles. Depression, anxiety, becoming anti-social—even within the family—is possible when a child feels like they are being punished for something you encouraged.
I know that most parents may think that their child may grow out of this phase, but have you ever thought that your child may NOT grow out of this phase? A lot of parents don’t think that far ahead when they have-- ingrained -- in their mind that their child is just going through a “phase”. Phases can and will turn into a lifelong normality. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence. In the young adult to adult populations wetting the bed is very common, actually, 3% of kids at 9 still wet the bed and 800,000 kids between the ages of 11 and 19 are currently wetting the bed. This is a very common issue that is commonly dismissed.
Children age 5 and under may not be affected by the psychological and social affects of wetting the bed, however, can you imagine a teenager staying over at a friend’s house and wetting the bed? The agony of even having to explain that to a friend! Imagine the fear that a teenager would be experiencing, including the fear of showing up at school. Kids can be far from compassionate especially in situations such as these. What if your child was afraid to even hang out with anyone anymore? The depression and the anti-social aspects with the aftermath of wetting the bed can really affect the teenager’s future and ability to grow. As you can see, the problem can gravitate into teenage years. What if the problem transitioned to adulthood? Can you imagine starting a relationship and having to explain to your significant other that you still wet the bed and use depends? Continuing to have this issue can make someone devalue themselves and—most likely—would ruin relationships or even friendships for the simple fact of being embarrassed.
Now, there is no reason to lose hope, because there is still a way to end bed wetting for young adults and even adults! The bedwetting alarm has become available with a bigger armband to accommodate older age groups to better assist them in conquering this issue. The one thing that we want to stress here is that you are NOT alone in this.
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