It is so important that parents do not make a huge deal out of bed wetting. The more of an issue a parent makes it, the worse the bed wetting child will feel. It will also convey negative feelings to other siblings who might then in turn treat their brother or sister differently. Most doctors recommend that parents understand and also make sure their child understands that bed wetting is not the fault of the individual and that with time, patience and understanding it will come to an end. Children need to know that they will very likely grow out of the behavior and that bed wetting is most often caused by a bladder that has not fully yet fully developed. Try to be as patient, supportive and understanding of your child as possible as he is likely to be filled with a plethora of negative emotions including fear, anxiety, insecurity and confusion.
Although there are medications such as Desmopressin Acetate (DDAVP) and Imipramine (Tofranil) that can be prescribed for bed wetting it is wise to first try other treatment options. First try limiting your child’s intake of fluids before bedtime and waking your child up in the night to see if he has to use the bathroom. If that doesn’t work then you might want to try bladder training exercises, behavior modification, a bed wetting alarm or psychotherapy. Although they have not been proven to work conclusively, alternative therapies such as massage, hypnosis and herbal remedies can be undertaken as well. It is best to use alternative methods in conjunction with more traditional remedies and not by themselves.
One of the reasons that it is not smart to start bed wetting medication on children at the first sign of a problem is that there is a very high rate of relapse. Medication often works while it is being used and then once it is discontinued the problem returns. Also if there is a deeper, underlying cause for the bed wetting problem it does not address this at all, whether the problem be a small, undeveloped bladder, an underdeveloped nervous system or problems with sleep, etc.
There is another reason why medication should be used as a last resort and that is because of the potential side effects that accompany them. Some of the most common side effects of bed wetting include headache, nausea, chills, dizziness and constipation. Other side effects that are less common but are more serious include high blood pressure, shortness of breath, seizures and the potential for a heart attack.
No matter which treatment method you decide to try for your bed wetting child try to remain as calm as possible and be as sensitive to your child’s needs as possible. He or she is frightened and anxious and needs your love and support and not your criticism or scorn. It is a good idea to always keep your child’s doctor abreast of the situation. Always have a back up treatment plan in mind if the first one you try fails to work effectively.