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    *Most children will overcome bedwetting around the age of 6 -7 years without help.

    *Some children appear unmotivated because all the “solutions” have been exhausted and unsuccessful. When offered a solution children often jump at the chance.

    *Under 7 years Research shows the best age to begin treatment with a bedwetting alarm and mat is 7 years and over. If too young we may set the child up for failure. Small children often don't really care about wearing night pants and may become frightened by the sound and this will hamper later attempts.

    *Leave them to sleep, be warm and comfortable especially if the weather has turned cold and wet and if you have a big event coming up such as moving house or holiday. When you have time, and your child is motivated, inform your child that they will sleep without night pants for a few nights to see what will happen. If they wet, it's okay, let them know they can not help it as it is something that happens when you can not wake up properly.

    *Take note if they can wake when wet, can they come and tell you or if they sleep all night in the wet bed. If wetter than dry, back in night pants and try again in a few weeks. This will prove to all that they will require extra help in the form of the alarm and mat to help them to stop wetting the bed.

    * Please see your GP or paediatrician. Overactive bladder is a priority for treatment.Wet pants in the day is a very different problem than night wetting. A sure tell tale sign of OAB is damp underwear and often a strong smell odour. OAB is often mistaken as the child being lazy and not getting to the bathroom in time.

    * Please see your GP or paediatrician.Constipation is a priority for treatment. Constipation is uncomfortable,and may take years to have under proper control. Encopresis is constipation with overflow (soiled underwear) is offensive and smelly and most children are not aware of the odour or the uncomfortable feeling which frustrates parents and gives the appearance that the children do not care and are doing it on purpose.

    *Children who snore are at risk of sleep apnea and must be seen by your GP and or paediatrician. Children who have sleep apnea will not succeed in using an alarm and mat for bedwetting because the child is exhausted from trying to breath and is woken often with this overnight.

    *This is only relevant to understand this may be a genetic problem and therefore take a little while longer for the child to be completely dry or relapse. Some families have very strong genetics with bedwetting.

    *This is a great gauge for when you begin the alarm and mat and are tracking progress to see how far you have come ( even when its small steps)

    *While this may save you a few wet beds, it is not a sustainable solution. Your child may be cranky when woken, does not remember the trip to the bathroom and is wet in the morning anyway. As they grow, it is also difficult as they get too heavy and awkward to manage.You will not be with them every single night to help them.

    * While it may make sense, don't drink and you won't need to wee, the body does not work that way with bedwetting. Bedwetting is a sleep/wake problem. Children should be able to have a big drink before bed and wake up if required. As children get older they have extra activities into the evening and may need to drink when they get home.

    *Not all alarms are equal. Research proves that many families give up when not supported or instructed on how to use the alarm correctly or understand the small tips that lead to success.

    • Primary Nocturnal Enuresis has rarely had a dry night. This is the most common type of enuresis.
    • Secondary Enuresis is a condition that develops at least 6 months — or even several years — after a person has learned to control their bladder.

    **This information does not replace your direct correspondence with a health professional. If concerned about any aspect of your children's health, please see your prefered health professional.

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