Boys and Bedwetting
Between the ages of five and twelve 2/3 of bedwetters are boys.
Things to consider when treating boys:
Does he have any other symptoms?
Does he suffer from:
- daytime toileting urgency
- daytime toileting postponement
- daytime incontinence
If the answer is YES, treat these symptoms first as this may also resolve the bedwetting.
Seek help from your GP or local enuresis clinic, if you need to.
When should I start night toilet training with my son?
Most children sleep through the night without going to the toilet by the age of 4.
If your son is older than this and wants to get out of diapers, start night toilet training.
With a pre-schooler, use waterproof bedding and let him sleep without diapers. If the wetness reduces each night keep going until full dryness is achieved. If he does not manage to become dry at night then discuss the option of using a bedwetting alarm to help train his mind to 'hear' the signal that the bladder sends when it is full, so he can respond before wetting the bed.
Support and encourage your son during the training process.
My school-age son is not bothered about his bedwetting, should I intervene?
Bedwetting has a spontaneous cure rate in 15% of bedwetters each year, so you could wait and see what happens.
However, by the time a child is 7 peer pressure can often lead to self-esteem issues. Also, many parents worry about the social opportunities that must be managed e.g. sleep-overs and school camps. In this case, the best approach may be to treat the bedwetting.
If your son is not worried about his bedwetting try to find an incentive. Reward Programmes are a great way of engaging your child in the process and a simple system, such as a sticker chart, may be all that is needed. If you set achievable goals your son is less likely to become disheartened if things don’t go perfectly to plan.
What are some of the considerations when using bedwetting alarms with boys?
Is your son a very deep sleeper? In these cases, it is important that you assist him to respond so he can start associating the sound of the alarm with the feeling of a full bladder and develop the bladder/brain connection that will eventually wake him of his own accord. The team at DRI Sleeper can assist with strategies for deep sleepers.
Is your son a restless sleeper? If so, body-worn alarms which have the sensor attached to a cord may be less practical. Wireless alarms like the DRI Sleeper eclipse may provide more comfort.
Is he embarrassed at having to wear an alarm? If so, the DRI Sleeper eclipse wireless alarm is more discrete.
Which position does your son sleep in? Boys don’t tend to have a fixed 'wee spot'. It will depend on how they sleep (on their backs, side, or tummy). Clip-on sensors tend to have small catchment areas and may fail to trigger with the first drops of urine.
- The DRI Sleeper excel has a flexible, plastic Urosensor measuring 40mm x 20mm x 3mm. It has 9-sensing strips on both sides and goes right inside the underwear for a quick response.
- The DRI Sleeper eclipse Urosensor measures 53 x 25 x 10mm and goes right inside the underwear for a quick response. It transmits directly to the alarm base so it does not need a separate transmitter box clipped to the waist of the underwear like most other wireless alarms. This eliminates the discomfort of a having to sleep on a body-worn transmitter.
Sensor placement. DRI Sleeper sensors can be placed into a pocket cut into a woman’s small sanitary pad (mini pad) stuck into the crotch of the underwear. Older boys may be embarrassed about this method and may prefer wrap the sensor wrapped in a small piece of toilet paper and insert it between two snug-fitting pairs of underpants. Alternatively, you can use the sensor inside a pull-up or diaper by cutting a pocket in the padding near the wee spot.
Make Boys Bedwetting a thing of the past
Bedwetting alarms are the only proven method of curing bedwetting in children, permanently.
Once you and your son are ready to tackle night toilet training choose the right DRI Sleeper alarm for you and purchase it here.