Dr Catherine
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8-15 years

My son is 13 and has a 28" waist but his 11-15 drynites leak every night. Im also puzzled as to why he still wets the bed.

Leakage can result from improper fit, which occurs when children’s DryNites are too small or too large. It is important to check that the DryNites provide a snug fit around the leg; if they gape or are too tight this may result in leakage. If you think his DryNites have become too small then you may like to try an absorbent pant that is designed for adults. These can be purchased through chemists or online. Any form of wetting during the teenage years can be incredibly distressing and can impact negatively on their self-esteem, so it is really important that we work toward helping your son to become dry. I would recommend that you first make an appointment with his GP just so that you can get a better sense of the possible underlying cause. Use this opportunity to also discuss treatment options. The most successful outcomes are associated with the use of conditioning alarms. Conditioning alarms work by ‘training’ your son to learn to wake in response to signals sent from his bladder saying I’m full and need emptying. It is best to speak with a continence advisor before introducing this as the more support you receive the more likely you will experience a positive outcome. All the best. Regards, Dr Cathrine