Bedwetting

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Registered: 04-04-2003
Bedwetting
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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 9:52am
I'm not sure where to go. I normally hang around the Girl Scout board, but I thought you girls my be better able to help. My 10 year old seems to be having alot of "accidents" lately. She's so tired by the time she gets to bed that she sleeps so hard she doesn't wake up. She's going to be at summer camp all next week. Other than limiting her liquids in the evening and getting her to bed early, does any one have any other words of wisdom on how to handle?
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Registered: 04-17-2003
In reply to: tina_bug
Mon, 06-30-2003 - 12:52pm
Oh, I'm sure this has to be a terribly embarrassing problem for your DD. I had a friend who wet the bed until she was 13. It was so very hard on her. Her mother finally broke down and took her to the DR. I can't remember what they did but it worked. You may want to immediately call your Ped and see if he/she can't see you before next week. They may be able to help.

She may hate this, but at the drug store there are special pads she can lay in her sleeping bag before she goes to sleep to prevent her whole bed from getting wet. Just tell the person in charge of the camp about the problem and he/she should be able to help your dd without letting anyone else know. I was a camp counselor for several years and we dealt with this several times. Several parents didn't tell us so the poor children suffered trying to hide wet clothing and wet beds until the other children noticed the smell. If we knew about it in advanced we could very discreetly check and launder the bed and clothing before any of the cabin or tent mates discovered it.

Let us know how it turns out.


Karla

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: tina_bug
Tue, 07-01-2003 - 1:33pm
I would give similar advice to Karla. There is a medication which can be taken as a nasal spray or pill form which basically concentrates the urine so kids don't have to go so much. If you don't want to use it all the time my Dr. said you can get it for special occassions like camp. My DD is 8 and still wets the bed 3 or 4 times a month. When DD went to camp she put a waterproof pad inside her sleeping bag and if she'd had an accident she could have just removed it without having a completely wet bed. Mind you, my DD wakes up the minute she pees, she never sleeps through.

Check with your Dr. though and if you decide not to use medicine tell the counsellors as Karla said. They can be very discreet and will help your DD. Good luck.

Tam

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Registered: 06-30-2003
In reply to: tina_bug
Mon, 07-07-2003 - 9:02pm
Hey,

I don't have any experience of this as a parent, but when I was younger, I had serious problems wetting the bed (I guess even that is different with your daughter, if she doesn't reguarly have problems with it). I did it for...such a long time, I can't even remember how old I was when I eventually stopped doing it (though I must have been 11 or 12). It meant that I was very afraid of staying at other people's houses, and even when I was much older and I never did it anymore, I was still very afraid I would, like the first few nights my husband and I lived together...

I never went to a doctor about it, I honestly don't think these things are medically related (but hey that's me, never really liked doctors that much). simple stuff that used to help me was that my parents would wake me up a few times before they would go to bed, so I could go to the toilet. And also staying up late helped as well, even though I still drank before I went to sleep, it still actually helped that I went to bed much later - probably because I didn't sleep as long for it to be a problem (I don't know if that is practical for your daughter if she's so tired when she goes to bed already).

Anyway, that's just my opinion, I'm sorry if it didn't help you at all :(. And I really sympathise with you and your daughter, I know it's really not any fun! Good luck!

*Jaime*

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Registered: 06-27-2003
In reply to: tina_bug
Sat, 07-12-2003 - 6:26pm
I was a bedwetter too, for years. Could she use "goodnights" for the GS camp? If they are too small maybe the smallest size of depends disposible underwear? They arn't like the "diaper style" depends(with the sticky tabs), they are more like the disposible training pants. I wish they had those when I was a child, it is horribly embarresing being a bedwetter. She could make sure and change in the bathroom. No one should be able to tell that she's wearing them.

My mom took me to the doctor when I was eleven, I remember he prescribed me a little green pill, I don't know the name or what it did exactly, but it worked.

Best of luck to you and your daughter, and tell your daughter she isn't alone and it won't last forever.