School Holidays are a great time to start!

by Karen Radford 3 min read

School Holidays are a great time to start!

Back in the day I couldn’t wait for the school holidays to arrive. My friends and I would be planning sleepovers and midnight feasts well in advance and there were school camps we would go on or, sometimes, a family holiday to visit relatives or family friends. In short school holidays were the highlight of the year.

Fast forward decades to my own children and school holidays took on a whole new complexion…with bedwetters in tow. Not their fault but it did put a damper on the away from home activities and meant that they could not easily go on sleepovers like their dry siblings. School camps needed to be managed with absolute discretion and I always ended up being a volunteer parent to ensure that they could participate without being humiliated – and believe me kids know how to shame their peers, sometimes with devastating effect to self-esteem!

So, what to do?

Here is some advice from Dr Baruch Kushnir, renowned clinical psychologist and author of the 'The Magic Bowl – Potty training made easy' who manages 20 clinics in Israel, specializing in the treatment of bedwetting, soiling and constipation using bedwetting alarms.

"Most children stop bedwetting on a natural basis between the ages of one and three. This is an indication that the human body is capable of bladder control during sleep early. I therefore recommend alarm treatment as early as possible to avoid all implications of prolonged bedwetting, in spite of the relative comfort of diapers for children and their ease of use.

If your child is ready and wants to stop their bedwetting so they can participate fully in the joys of away-from-home life, a bedwetting alarm will help them recognise and respond to the feeling of a full bladder during sleep.

School holidays at home can be an ideal time to start using a bedwetting alarm when the daily routines are more relaxed. However, the most important thing is to start as soon as the child is ready, whatever time of year.

But what happens if your child hasn’t undergone bedwetting training and the holidays arrive, along with an important away-from-home activity e.g. school camp?

Short term solutions could include:

  1. Pull-ups under the pyjamas…but the down side is discovery by your child’s peers and shame and embarrassment for your child.
  2. Children’s washable continence underwear under the pyjamas – these are probably more discrete and, unlike pull-ups, they are re-usable…but the downside is being able to store wet pants for the duration of the camp without smell being a problem and giveaway.
  3. Short term use of drugs such as nasal desmopressin (not indicated for use in some countries like Canada). These need to be prescribed by your doctor, also these medications work with only 60% of children so it is important to try them at home for about a week before counting on them in an away-from-home situation. The downside of taking desmopressin is unlikely but severe side effects which mean that the child has to be monitored quite closely and consumption of fluids prior to bedtime has to be restricted.
  4. Use of a vibrating watch programmed to activate at set times during the night to remind the child to get up and go to the toilet. The only downsides are that the child may not need to go to the toilet when the watch activates and the child could sleep through the vibration if they are overtired having stayed up late talking with roommates.
  5. Limiting fluid intake and urinating a number of times before bed time.
  6. Setting the alarm of the mobile phone to wake up during the night to go to the toilet and using the help of a volunteer parent.

Long term, bedwetting alarms have the highest success rate in treating bedwetting compared to other treatments. Long-term success rates range from 70-90% compared to approximately 25% for Behavioural Therapy and 60% for Drug Therapy (however, once medication is ceased relapses occur in 59-100% of cases). Bedwetting alarms are also cost effective compared to the long term use of disposable diapers or pull-ups with their associated environmental costs to landfills."

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Disclaimer: For information only. This communication is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professionals regarding any medical questions or conditions.

Karen Radford
Karen Radford


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It’s been fantastic

Hello, I have a dri sleeper bedwetting alarm I have been using with my seven year old son for ten weeks now. It’s been fantastic as except for the first two weeks we haven’t had a single wet bed.

Well done - that is a terrific effort!
We have seen a massive improvement

Hi Karen,

We have been following all of the advice in your email for the past five weeks and we have seen a massive improvement. After the second week he was dry for six nights in a row, the following week the alarm went off four times (only once during the night) and his underpants were only wet a small amount. The following week the alarm only went off once and again only his underpants were wet. We are currently in a stretch of six nights dry and hoping for this to continue.

Thank you so much for your assistance, any advice is greatly appreciated.
Kind regards

Natalie

That’s great news. Yes keep using the alarm until he has achieved 14 consecutive dry nights then he can stop using the alarm.
this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage!

Hello Karen, I can confirm that this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage! Can’t rate this highly enough and our 6 year old boy has basically gone from being wet every night (without fail) to now getting up on his own accord and going to the toilet in the night and being dry (pull up free!) in the morning! Even held wee in till the morning on a couple of occasions over last week! Incredibly effective product and will obviously be giving 5 stars on Amazon shortly (which says something as very rarely leave product reviews!)

Kind Regards

Richard
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Congratulations Richard! Thanks for the feedback.
Cured!!!! Thank you.

Cured!!!! Thank you. I was dubious as to whether it would really work. It took a while to persuade our 5y/o to try it as she was VERY attached to the night nappies. The first 2 weeks were very hard. Up every night. But I could see some small progress in the second week as she began to wake up. Week 3 a lot better. Week 4 we started having dry nights. We’ve only had one bed wet since she was dry and that was at 9pm and we think due to a bad dream. Now she gets up to go to the toilet or waits till morning. So happy. It was well worth the perseverance and all the extra washing. No more nappies for us! She still won’t give up the alarm yet, but that’s no issue.

Perserverance is the key. Well done Deb!
He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself.

My 7 year old son has NEVER been dry in his life. Every night he was SATURATED and leaked through pull ups through the bedding.

It was his decision to order his alarm from your website as he was desperate to be dry and 'normal'. We ordered the DRI Sleeper excel.

From the first night he was dry he has NEVER had an accident since. He raced around the house with joy, saying 'my brain has woken up, my brain has woken up!!!!'.

It's now 6 weeks since his first dry night. He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself that it worked. In reflection I wish I'd gotten the wireless version but it still did a great job.

Words can't express how this has changed our sons life and ours. We have given away all his pull ups and we are all well slept. I can't thank you enough.

Thanks for sharing your story with us. This will be very encouraging for other parents.