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Bedwetting Remedies -Help Stop Bed Wetting

Updated on October 31, 2012 A child friendly look at how to stop bedwetting. A child friendly look at how to stop bedwetting.

The best bedwetting solution for your child


A child who wets the bed night after night deserves empathy and understanding above all. But parents and children also need to decide whether it is best to wait for the child to outgrow bedwetting or if it's time to consider the best remedies to help stop bed wetting.

Bedwetting is a common childhood struggle, in fact, bed wetting at the age of four or five is so common most doctors consider it normal. However, at seven, eight or nine years old bedwetting begins to dampen even the most resilient child’s self esteem. Parents often grow weary of the seemingly never ending wet beds, wash and extra work. Add to that the embarrassment and stigma associated with bedwetting, and it is no wonder parents and children just want the bedwetting to stop as soon as possible. Parents must make the decision to either wait for their child to outgrow bedwetting or to try bedwetting remedies to help stop bed wetting.


The most common type of nightly bedwetting has the medical term, Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (EN-YOUR-E-SIS). This is the child, who has achieved daytime dryness but has essentially never achieved nighttime dryness. It is important to understand that bedwetting is an involuntary response while sleeping. . The child’s brain simply does not recognize the full bladder signal while sleeping. Other factors may include heredity, small bladder and lack of certain hormones. Parents need to realize that a child who wets the bed nightly is not lazy. The child has a sleep pattern that inhibits detection of the full bladder signal. This explains why all the explaining, bribing and scolding in the world will not have an effect on bedwetting. Some children’s sleep patterns change with maturity and they outgrow bedwetting. In one year, 15% of children will outgrow bedwetting, however, 85% who wet the bed nightly will continue to wet.


All children who wet the bed will benefit from the children’s book, Prince Bravery and Grace- Attack of the Wet Knights. It's a great bedtime story to help children understand that they are not the only ones who wet the bed. The hero of the story, Prince Bravery, struggles with the “Wet Knights” (wet nights) and eventually defeats them by using a bedwetting alarm. The book is filled with dragons and knights, which children love. Kids will laugh and cheer as Prince Bravery helps to explain nightly bedwetting in a child -friendly way. This clever story is an excellent bridge to better understanding bedwetting and using a bedwetting alarm to train the brain to stop the nightly bedwetting.

Bedwetting in Older Children


Bedwetting in an older child may begin to lower self esteem. When a child reaches the age of seven or eight and continues to wet the bed nightly, it is time to consider the use of a bedwetting alarm. The Cochrane Report on Nocturnal Enuresis definitively states "bedwetting alarm use is proven highly effective in ending bedwetting with extremely low recurrence rates." "Medications to treat bedwetting were found to essentially mask the problem and did not result in a cure. In summary, alarms take longer to reduce bed-wetting, but their effects persist longer than desmopressin." As mentioned above, the children’s book Prince Bravery and Grace-Attack of the Wet Knights is an excellent tool to begin the discussion about stopping bedwetting with a bedwetting alarm. Most children this age are fairly motivated to end bedwetting and have the developmental readiness to benefit from alarm therapy. Kids like the idea of imagining defeating their own “wet knights” which helps make using a bedwetting alarm less work.


Bedwetting alarm therapy is widely accepted by the medical community as the most effective treatment to end nightly bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis.

An enuresis alarm consists of a device that rings loudly and vibrates when it detects moisture as a child wets in his sleep. A sensor is attached to the underwear and sounds an alarm when it detects the first drops of urine. Most children who wet the bed have a sleep pattern which is so deep, they will sleep right through the alarm in the first few days. Therefore, it is imperative that a parent respond quickly to the alarm. It is crucial that the parent wakes the child, and guides him to the bathroom. Each response conditions the brain to react to the full bladder signal. Over time the child will begin to respond to the alarm independently. With proper and consistent use, 80% of children will become dry in about 8-12 weeks. The key is to continue using the alarm every single night until the child reaches 14 consecutive dry nights.


Some parents wonder if the interruption of sleep for their child and themselves is reason not to try a bedwetting alarm as a remedy. Everyone needs their sleep, right? Most children who wet the bed nightly are very sound sleepers. Parents believe their child is getting a good nights rest even though wet. However, many bedwetting children wake up still extremely tired. Use of an alarm may help change the sleep pattern so that not only will the child wake up dry, in the end, he will also wake up more rested. Of course, the parents will have to assist their child in the process, so it does require a week or two of nightly wake ups. The only way the alarm therapy will work is if the parents are committed to patiently helping their child. However, the overwhelming sense of accomplishment and relief their children experience in ending bedwetting make most parents comment, “its (using a bedwetting alarm) the best parenting decision I ever made, wish we’d have done it sooner!”

Glazener CMA, Evans JHC, Peto RE. Alarm interventions for nocturnal enuresis in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD002911. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002911.pub2

Glazener CMA, Evans JHC. Desmopressin for nocturnal enuresis in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD002112. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002112

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Are you considering trying a bedwetting alarm to help stop bedwetting, but you're not sure if your child is ready?  Visit my hub, Bedwetting -Teach your Child to Stay Dry, for specific insight on child readiness for alarm use.


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      9 years ago

      I have a child who wet the bed nightly (often several times) until he was 8 years old. Beginning in preschool and through age 6, I just invested in a couple pair of washable, waterproof underwear and used a waterproof sheet protector to minimize the laundry. Definitely take a no big deal approach.

      Washable, waterproof underwear

      However when my child reached the age of seven, the bedwetting began to chip away at his self esteem. He began to fear his friends finding out and showed frustration about the bedwetting. We solved his bed wetting by using an alarm. He went from being wet every single night to completely dry in about 6 weeks. The bed wetting alarm has given us years of dry nights. Alarms

      We used the children's book, Prince Bravery and Grace - Attack of the Wet Knights. My son loved it! It’s the story of a young prince who struggles with "the Wet Knights" and eventually defeats them by using an alarm. It's funny yet empathetic and gave him the understanding and motivation to end the bed wetting. has lots of positive information about solving bed wetting. Invest in the book, it makes the process so much easier, then an alarm -its the best decision I ever made.

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      Gail A Gross 

      10 years ago from Wexford Pennsylvania

      Overcoming bedwetting by using an alarm can give your child a huge sense of accomplishment, which ultimately raises his or her self esteem. A parents key role is to support and encourage their child through the entire process. Kids are enthusiastic for a few weeks, then sometimes want to quit. This is when a parent must step in...for your child's own good you must insist that they continue until the bedwetting ends. It will happen IF they don't quit too soon. The children's book Prince Bravery and Grace - Attack of the Wet Knights touches on the subject of not quitting too soon.

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      10 years ago

      Thnx this will possibly help my 12 year old daughter


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