Dr Catherine
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4-7 years

She doesn't consume any caffeine &amp; no liquids several hours before bed. Also no issues at all during the day. She doesn't eat much variety of foods &amp; does prefer to drink more than eat at meals. Not sure if it could be related but she has fine thin hair that doesn't seem to grow at all. We have 5 girls (she is the middle child) &amp; she is the only one with these issues.

Hi C.J., Managing children’s bedwetting can be incredibly challenging and this is partly due to the fact that we do not always know what is causing it. Unfortunately while medications are helpful for some children in the short-term they have not proven to work for all and generally do not help children to achieve permanent nighttime continence. The most successful form of bedwetting treatment is the conditioning or bedwetting alarm. Enuresis alarms have two basic parts: a wetness sensor that detects urine and an alarm unit that buzzes after your son wets the bed. It can mean lots of broken nights sleep for both you and him but it is certainly worth the effort. Some alarms have different settings that allow you to vary the sound – sometimes a louder alarm will raise a particularly deep sleeper. Others include a vibration option, which your son may respond to more easily. Treatment can take between 3 and 6 months and it is not uncommon for children to experience one or two relapses before achieving permanent continence. When this happens you need to re-introduce the alarm and proceed as before. The selection of an alarm is best done in consultation with a medical professional so do not try and do this on your own. It may be worth having a full assessment just to make sure your daughter isn’t lacking in any important vitamins, which may explain the slow hair growth. All the best! Regards, Dr Cathrine