I know that life can be difficult to for bedwetting teenagers. This problem is embarrassing for most and they have a difficult time opening up to their parents about possible solutions. Even though it is a common problem, bedwetting teenagers usually feel isolated and alone. However it is important to talk about this openly without causing embarrassment as it may help resolving the problem more quickly.
Best of all, if you talk openly about bed wetting you will open up doors to about lots of other issues as well. You will ensure your child that no matter what, they will always have someone they can trust to turn to whenever they need guidance and support. That is a good solution for everyone.
The Two Categories Of Bedwetting Teenagers
These categories are primary enuresis and secondary enuresis. Teenager with primary nocturnal enuresis has had the habit of bedwetting since a baby. The one with secondary enuresis however develops the problem over several months or even years. In most cases bedwetting teenagers are in the secondary category rather than having primary enuresis.
Simple human anatomy shows that the urinary bladder is a muscular vessel, a container for holding the urine. As the urine enters, it expands and gets larger and then it gets smaller to force the urine out. When you have normal bladder control the nerves in the urinary bladder tell the brain when the bladder becomes full. The brain then sends a message to hold the bladder from involuntary emptying until you are at the toilet.
The exact cause of nocturnal enuresis is not known to doctors but some facts have been discovered. One discovery is that hormonal problems can cause these night troubles. The body uses ADH hormone to generate less urine during the night but if the body is not developing enough of this hormone the body will produce too much urine and an accident will occur. Some teens simply have a very small bladder that isn’t big enough to hold large volume of urine, which then results in trouble at night since the bladder can’t hold it all in. Teens with these kind of problems will often discover that their parents fought the same battle years ago.
Sleep disorder (deep sleep habits) are also known to cause bedwetting. Then there are the psychological problems. Family problems, changing schools, difficult social environment and family tension can lead to sleeping disturbed sleeping habits which then leads to bedwetting teenagers. Stress during teenage years should therefore be a suspect as a cause for secondary enuresis.
Bedwetting alarm for bedwetting kids
A bedwetting alarm is considered a “curative treatment” and is in my opinion the best reliable, economic and effective long term bed wetting solution. Any parent who is struggling to solve the problem of their child’s bedwetting will testify about the accompanied difficulties, embarrassment and frustration. It’s just not the parent but also the child’s confidence and self esteem are deeply hurt as he is betrayed by his own body How you look, react and talk with your bed wetting child after such cases will greatly influence and shape him as a human being and will influence his ability to build confidence and cope with future problems.
Though there are many other therapies that boast about curing bed wetting, but in reality they only provide temporary relief. On the other hand, other bed wetting solutions, such as drugs, behavioral training techniques, dry protection or others are considered “control treatment”, as they just “buy time” until the enuresis children stop bed wetting on their own. In my case, bed wetting alarm was very effective in curing my 8 year old son. I bought one of the best bed wetting alarm from UK “DRI Sleeper Eclipse Wireless Bed Wetting Alarm”. It is great device with no wires and that’s make it easier for kids to adopt.
The alarm’s purpose is to eventually cure your enuresis child so he or she will either be sleeping the whole night without the need to empty the bladder, or will wake up on his own before wetting the bed. This is achieved by training the brain to control the bladder through recurring arousals whenever the urge for nighttime involuntary urination occurs.
All bedwetting alarms, although vary in their style (wireless, wire or pad alarms), work on the same concept and have the same components: a moisture detector, which is attached to the bedwetting child’s sleeping underwear/pajamas or placed on the mattress, and an alarm unit. Once the child starts to pee, the moisture detector signals the alarm component that should wake the child up (by making alarm sounds, vibration or flashing light) in order to continue the urination in the bathroom rather than in bed.
Enuresis alarm treatment requires motivation from both your enuresis child and yourself, the parent. It is most likely, especially for deep sleepers and at the early phases of the alarm treatment that your child may not wake up when the alarm detects the urine and starts its action. Therefore you should wake the child up immediately, and verify he or she is fully conscious and not sleepwalking while going to the bathroom to continue urinating. By doing so, most enuresis children will eventually learn to wake up on their own,
The bedwetting alarm should be used regularly on nightly basis until the child achieves approximately 3 consecutive weeks of dry nights. This may take from 5 weeks to 6 months to achieve, with an average duration of 10 weeks. If there is a illness causing it then the illness is treated. There are also some behavioral approaches to the problem that are utilized for treatment. The solutions closest to a ‘quick fix’ is to prevent a swarming bladder by reducing drastically the quantity of fluids they drink before going to bed. And of course they should always try to go to the toilet before going to bed, even though sometimes it feels like a waste of time.
Overall, the process is a combination of behavioral modifications, reduction of mental tension and sometimes a very mild medication that can help a teen controlling the bed wetting.