Dr Catherine
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8-15 years

Struggling with bed wetting. Where should i start?

While it is certainly true that some children outgrow bedwetting, this is not the case for everyone. The good news is that there are a number of treatments currently available that can help children to become dry at night. The first and most important thing to do is to speak with your doctor about being referred to a continence specialist – this may be a nurse or a pediatrician. We are all unique, so it is very important that your chosen treatment is one that best suits your son and your family. When it comes to treatment options bedwetting or conditioning alarms tend to experience the best outcomes. Bedwetting alarms work by helping children learn to recognise the need to pass urine and either wake-up and go to the toilet or learn to hold on until morning. Bedwetting alarms come in two main forms. One is a body alarm with a small sensor that can be worn inside your DryNites. The second type of alarm is a bell and pad alarm that is placed like a mat over the bottom bed sheet. Many children prefer the body alarm, as they don’t have to worry about dealing with wet sheets particularly during these winter months. Discuss these options with your doctor. We have additional information on the website around causes - its helpful to familiarise yourself with this so you have a better understanding of why it is happening.All the best,