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How is bedwetting treated?

There are several ways of treating bedwetting. In-home treatment methods include: restricting sugary or caffeinated drinks (cola, etc.) before bedtime; motivation therapy - keeping records of dryness and establishing a reward system for 'dry' periods and for other related positive behavior; encouraging (but not forcing) the child to help you with changing sheets and bedding; keeping a record of 'wet' and 'dry' nights to help assess the extent of the condition; awareness training - at bedtime, asking the child to visualize that it is the middle of the night, their bladder is full and they wake up and go to the toilet; leaving a night light on to help the child find their way to the toilet, and; encouraging the child to empty their bladder just before bed. The family can also use an alarm system-based therapy, which has been proven to be the most effective long-term solution to bedwetting. This consists of a moisture-sensitive pad which activates an alarm when it becomes wet, waking the child. Medication treatment for bedwetting is less effective than alarm systems as a long-term solution. It is usually tried after alarm training has been attempted.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Bedwetting


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