The Bed Wetter's News Letter is a monthly news letter discussing all the truths and myths about bedwetting and ways that it can be managed. Check out pass issue below by clicking on individual newsletter. (Click on February 2012 PDF to view as PDF)
Both day wetting and night and night wetting decrease with age.
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Day wetting is very stressful. In one study of over 20,000 schoolchildren living on four continents, "wetting pants in class" was the third most stressful event mentioned, ranking only behind "losing a parent" and "going blind."
squirming, or crossing the legs.
We have talked a lot about bedwetting and its causes and how to deal with it. But a surprising number of kids have day time wetting issues.
In one study, it was found that just about as many boys wet in the day as wet at night.
What is most interesting is that only about 1 in 4 of bedwetters were day wetters. That means that of the 6% of bedwetters at age 11-12, about 1.5% of them wet during the day. That means almost 6% of 11-12 year olds may have occasional day wetting issues but are not bedwetters! Note that while boys outnumber girls almost 2 to 1 in frequency of bed wetting, girls outnumber boys in the 11-12 year old range for day wetting by similar amounts.
Causes of Daytime wetting
• Urinary tract infection
• Juvenile diabetes
• Incomplete emptying of the bladder (due either to rushed elimination or a medical issue)
• Highly focused attention to play, school, or other activities
• Fear of bathrooms
• Emotional stress
•Consumption of soft drinks and/or caffeine
What parents can do to help reduce day wetting?
• Check with your doctor. If it is a medical issue, it can be treated and resolved in many cases.
• Encourage your child to go to the bathroom whenever the urge happens including when he is shows signs such as squatting,
• After voiding urine, have him count to 20 and try to empty his bladders again. This reduces residual urine in the bladder. Have him learn to take his time and not to rush.
• Encourage drinking more liquids. Drinking more will increase the amount of urine in the bladder, causing him to need to go to the bathroom more often. The recommendation for children is 6-8 glasses of evenly spaced throughout the day (including 3-4 glasses while at school). Of course if he also wets at night, do cut down on liquids after school. But increasing liquids in the day usually results in the child not holding it until it is too late.
• Try to have your child go to the bathroom every 2 hours during the day.
• Consider underwear protection like Tiger Underwear trainer briefs, pull-up diapers or regular diapers like Star Diapers. It is far better to wear additional protection underneath than to have wet pants in public.