Girls and Bedwetting
Between the ages of five and twelve 1/3 of bedwetters are girls. By late teens 2/3 of bedwetters are girls.
Things to consider when treating girls:
Does she have any other symptoms?
- daytime toileting urgency
- daytime toileting postponement
- daytime incontinence
If the answer is YES, treat these symptoms first as they 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 daughter?
Most children sleep through the night without going to the toilet by the age of 4.
If your daughter is older than this and wants to get out of diapers, start night toilet training.
With a pre-schooler, use waterproof bedding and let her sleep without diapers. If the wetness reduces each night keep going until full dryness is achieved. If it does not, discuss the option of using a bedwetting alarm to help train her mind to ‘hear’ the signal that the bladder sends when it is full, so she can respond before wetting the bed.
Support and encourage your daughter during the training process.
My school-age daughter is not bothered about her bedwetting, should I intervene?
Bedwetting has a spontaneous cure rate of 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 daughter is not worried about her 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 daughter is less likely to become disheartened if things don’t go perfectly to plan.
What are some of the considerations when using a bedwetting alarm with girls?
- Is your daughter a very deep sleeper? In these cases, it is important that you assist her to respond so she 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 her of her own accord. The team at DRI Sleeper can assist with strategies for deep sleepers.
- Is your daughter a restless sleeper? If so, body-worn alarms which have the sensor attached to a cord may be less practical. Also, clip-on sensors tend to have small catchment areas and may fail to trigger with the first drops of urine. Wireless alarms like the DRI Sleeper eclipse may provide more comfort.
- 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.
- Is she embarrassed at having to wear an alarm? The DRI Sleeper eclipse wireless alarm is more discrete as it is not a body-worn alarm.
- 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. Alternatively, you can use the sensor inside a pull-up or diaper by cutting a pocket in the padding near the wee spot.
- Has your daughter started the growth spurt of adolescence? Around this time your daughter will probably start menstruating. Night toilet training with an alarm is likely to take longer at this stage because she may not be able to wear an alarm for up to a week a month due to her period. If possible, commencing alarm training before this stage of her development.
Make Girls Bedwetting a thing of the past
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