How To Cure Teenage Bedwetting
Bedwetting among teens is an issue that few know about and even fewer discuss.
The embarrassment that teenagers who have an issue with wetting the bed face leads them to often times remain silent and try to cover up their problem.
Like most people they feel that only small children wet the bed and that something must be wrong with them.
They suffer in silence and dread sleepovers, camping trips, and vacations, anything that may lead to them sleeping around other people and having their secret found out.
Actually bedwetting among teens is more common than most imagine.
A recent survey showed that 1 in 50 teenagers still wet the bed at night. This proves that teen bedwetting is an actual condition and not just laziness on the part of a few isolated teens.
The good news is that there are ways to limit, prevent, and even cure teenage bedwetting. Listed below are a few of the methods that have proved most successful.
Decrease Evening Fluid Intake
During the 2 hours before going to bed try decreasing the amount of fluids you intake. Everything we drink eventually becomes urine, so the less you drink before bed the less urine your body will produce while you are asleep. Fluids containing caffeine should definitely be avoided as caffeine increases urine production.
Empty Your Bladder Right Before Bed
Many teens who have bedwetting issues have small bladders. Logically then if you empty your bladder completely right before going to bed than you have less of a chance of your bladder becoming overfull during the night while you are asleep. Try to make visiting the bathroom a part of your nightly pre-sleep ritual.
Purchase A Bedwetting Alarm
Bedwetting alarms have the highest cure rate of any other approach.
They are small devices that are attached to undergarments and are activated when they sense moisture.
They then react with a loud buzzing or vibration that awakens the sleeper who is on the verge of urinating.
Set Your Alarm Clock
A traditional alarm clock can also be used to help prevent bed wetting. Before going to sleep set the alarm clock to go off in 3 or 4 hours. This is typically the time when urinating occurs. You can experiment with the exact time if your body's internal clock is different and 3 or 4 hours is too long a period for you to sleep without urinating.
Over time your body can become conditioned to getting up at the desired time and you may be able to do without the alarm.
Many have found that by training their bladder to hold more urine they are able to sleep through the night without incident. This is done by simply waiting longer and longer periods during the day between the time when you sense you have to urinate and the time when you actually go to the bathroom. Holding your urine causes the bladder to actually have to stretch which in turn increases the amount of urine it can hold.
Caution should be exercised when using this method as holding urine too long can actually have adverse effects on the body.
There are medications available to individuals who have not been able to use any other methods to successfully cure their bed wetting. These drugs are taken at nighttime and typically either decrease urine production or increase bladder capacity.
Medications can be a godsend when a teen is going to be spending the night around friends or anywhere where using a bedwetting alarm or any other preventative method would expose them to ridicule or embarrassment.
A simple visit to the family doctor or a local physician and explaining your situation is usually all that is needed to get a prescription. As always be sure to use the drugs as prescribed and to keep them out of the hands of younger siblings.
Teen bedwetting is an issue than more teens struggle with than we are likely to ever know. But it isn't the end of the world. The above techniques are proven ways to slow, prevent, and even cure teen bedwetting.Hopefully, either you or a teen you know can use them and be able to once again get a good night's sleep.