Children’s bedwetting

Avoid getting frustrated with your child over bed wetting.

While bedwetting is a very common childhood condition, there is a wide variety of contradictory

and confusing information for parents about what to do.

So, what do parents need to know?

Q: Why is my child still wetting the bed?

A: When a child still wets the bed past 5 years of age, the child may be diagnosed with nocturnal enuresis.

It is commonly a genetically inherited condition.

If a child has not outgrown bedwetting by around 6 or 7 years of age it is a good idea to consult a GP to rule out any medical issues and arrange treatment.

Q: What can I do to help my child?

A: Ensure your child drinks plenty of water throughout the day.

Have them drink at least one cup in the morning before school and finish their entire drink bottle by the end of the school day.

Also, encourage regular toileting. Tell your child to do ‘first time listening’ to their bladder throughout the day.

Eliminate sugary, caffeinated, or carbonated drinks in the afternoon and evenings, although

water should not be restricted at all.

Please avoid getting frustrated with your child or punishing them for something they have no control over.

Q: What treatment options are there?

A: If you are seeking a drug-free, long-term solution for your child, then you should consider the

‘Practitioner Assisted Bell and Pad Alarm Therapy’ approach.

This is an evidence-based treatment which gets nearly every child dry in about 10 weeks.

If you are wanting treatment, Dry Time Kids will issue your child a Ramsey Coote Bell and Pad alarm and meet with you and your child via video call regularly to monitor and help your child to get dry.

Medicare rebates will also apply with a GP referral.

Maria Dhroso, an educational and developmental psychologist, runs Dry Time Kids which exclusively treats children’s bedwetting (enuresis) throughout all of Australia.

Maria also runs My Vibe Psychology in East Bentleigh.