One of my children (I won’t give his name because my children do read my posts from time to time) is a chronic bedwetter and has shown no signs of stopping.
At first I thought it was due to anxiety as it really escalated when he started school, and from then on it just continued. At first he didn’t mind because he was still young and so wearing pull ups wasn’t all that bad. But as he got older it became more difficult. He is very sociable and was always being invited over to friends houses for sleepovers and such. Whwn he reached grade 3 it started to become problematic.
We tried many things such as no eating / drinking 2 hrs prior to bedtime, waking him up once he had been sleeping for a few hours, pull ups, then no pull ups, relaxation exercises – nothing. It really started to bother him as he felt as though there was something wrong with him, and that he was doomed to be a bedwetter forever.
We went to the Doctors and ruled out anything medical causing it. The Doctor suggested a medication called DDAVP Melts. Finally. Something worked. He has to be on a relatively high dose of 3 pills a night but so far it has worked. He is able to sleep over at friends houses without any added stress of being afraid that he will wet the bed, or embarassed by having to wear special big boy pull ups.
He has been on the medication for almost a year and we have at times tried without but the bedwetting was still strongly present, so we have decided to stay on the medication for as long as needed.
When I look back to my childhood I don’t recall being a bedwetter and neither was my husband. None of the other children experience this so it makes me wonder what exactly causes it. I suppose the whole issue of having a smaller bladder, being a deep sleeper and such takes place but it is interesting.
Do you have children who are bedwetters? What did you do to help it? Where you or your husband bedwetters?
Until next time