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How Hypnotherapy can Help Children
Stop Wetting the Bed

Did you know that nearly 10% of children over 9 years and up to 2% of over-16s are still wetting the bed on a semi regular basis?

Read our Top Tips and Try Lynda’s Amazing Audios

‘’Thank you so much Lynda. My daughter Isobel was wetting the bed every night. She is 5 years old and we’d tried everything, lifting her, cutting down on drinks … the lot.
Got the ‘I’m dry at night’ CD and played it once when in she was in bed just dozing and then again after I lifted her and she went all through the night and was dry in the morning! 
A couple of months on, the house is a happy house now and we cannot thank Lynda enough”

Rachel Baylis from Poole, Dorset



Stop children bedwetting


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What can you do?

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7 Top Tips to Stop Your Child Wetting the Bed

ü  Protect the mattress. Don’t have your children actually wear night time protection. They need to feel the difference between wet and dry!

ü  Give your child plenty to drink during the day but limit drinks after their evening meal

ü  Don’t drink fruit juices, colas and other drinks containing caffeine as these can stimulate the bladder. Drink water or milk instead

ü  Check they aren’t constipated.  An over-full bowel can press on the bladder

ü  Check they use the bathroom / toilet just before going to sleep

ü  Ensure the way to the bathroom is well lit at night in case fear of the dark puts them off getting up at night

ü  Have them listen to Lynda’s special MP3s or CDs to help them overcome the problem


7 Bedwetting Facts That Most Parents Don’t Know

ü  The problem is more common with boys than with girls

ü  * There is a hereditary element. If the father had the problem, the child is 44% likely to have it too. If both parents had the problem this increases the risk to 77%

ü  Probably the most common cause is the body is slow in developing the hormone that reduces the amount of urine produced overnight (anti-diuretic hormone)

ü  Another common cause is small functional bladder capacity … in other words the bladder is normal size but it thinks it’s full and needs to empty even though really there is plenty more capacity!

ü  Primary Enuresis means the child has always been wet at night whereas Secondary Enuresis means that it has come on (often suddenly) after several months of being dry

ü  Sudden secondary onset could possibly mean a urinary infection or even Type 1 Diabetes (see the symptoms below) See your doctor!

ü  Sudden onset could also possibly indicate some emotional upset such as a new baby, problems at school, upset in a friendship, bullying, family difficulties, death of a family member or friend or even a pet, a house or school move for example


*According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)


Two Common Mistaken Beliefs

ü  One very common mistaken belief is that psychological or anxiety reasons are the most usual causes of bedwetting. Although they can be a cause (as I explained above) this is not the most usual cause at all. In fact the truth is often the other way around.

Bedwetting itself can cause anxiety and emotional distress in children, particularly in older children, because they usually feel ‘babyish’ and ashamed even if they ‘put a brave front on things’. They are usually terrified that people will find out their ‘guilty secret’ and make fun of them … or even worse bully them and tell all the people at school. This can put a great strain on them and of course they are continually having to make up excuses for why they can’t go on sleepovers or even school trips.

ü  Another common mistaken belief is that they are just being lazy or doing it on purpose.

Believe me, they are not! They hate it even more than you do but sometimes it is a bit of childish bravado put on to disguise their true feelings.


I am dry at night (Best seller)

What can you do to help?

Reassure them that they are not the only one:

Explain that many other children have the same problem, probably even in the same class, and they want to keep it a secret so they don’t talk about  it either.

Keep their secret! Unless there is a good reason, such as enlisting help from a teacher on a school trip, keep their secret because other people are often careless in what they let slip.

If you do need to speak to someone, discuss it with your child and get their agreement first.

Try not to make a big issue of it even if you are exhausted with all the washing and bed changing. Your child is not doing it on purpose and will definitely be upset inside even though in some cases they may not seem to be bothered!

Play detective: try to discover a pattern that might not seem obvious at first. Are there more or fewer wet beds if there has been a problem at school? Does it make a difference if they are in a good mood or a bad mood? Is it the same or different if they drink later in the evening? What about if they go to bed earlier or later? Do you know more or less what time they wet the bed? Do they wet more than once a night? Are they drinking enough during the day? Concentrated urine can stimulate the bladder.

The more information you have, the easier it is to know the next step and the more a professional can help.

It is a good idea to get things checked out with a doctor because of the possibility of a urine infection or diabetes, which can be very serious if left untreated.

A few major signs of Diabetes are: Increased thirst ~ (Sometimes) increased hunger ~ Markedly Increased frequency of urinating ~ Increased amount of urine ~ Strongly smelling breath; sometimes people describe it as smelling like pear drops or nail varnish remover (acetone) ~ extreme tiredness or weakness ~ sometimes abdominal pain or nausea / vomiting ~ blurry vision


What options are there?



I specialise in working with kids through Hypnotherapy which is brilliant at helping to break unwanted habits. It also helps relieve the stress and anxiety that is almost always felt when children wet the bed.

Remember that children wet the bed for a variety of reasons so I cannot promise that Hypnotherapy will be effective in every case … but none of the more traditional methods can promise this either! As it is gentle, natural and drug free however, you may be very interested in trying this method as one of the things that children like is that it is embarrassment free!

I see lots of children one-to-one but I always recommend trying the CDs / MP3 downloads first because a remarkable number of children respond to them brilliantly and don’t even need an appointment.  Remember that children’s maturity varies tremendously, so check the descriptions of the CDs / MP3 downloads to choose the right one for your child. The advantage of this method is that they are completely natural and safe, no drugs are involved and most children enjoy listening to them as they drift off to sleep

There are suggestions in the recordings to boost self-esteem, confidence and belief that they can take control even when they are asleep. Also, suggestions to notice the physical signals in the body and wake up if they need to use the bathroom.

Medical and Behavioural Options

An enuresis alarm which makes a noise and wakes the child as soon as they start to wet the bed. The most commonly used type has a sensor that is placed between the bottom sheet and the mattress. Success rates vary wildly with these. While it works well for some children, I am frequently told how the child seems to sleep through it but the rest of the household is woken up!

Medication Desmopressin is a drug which can be given to children aged five or over as a tablet or in the form of Desmomelts which dissolve under the tongue. This acts by reducing the amount of urine that is produced overnight. This has a success rate of around 70%, and works pretty immediately if it's going to work at all. Treatment is usually continued for three months, and then is stopped to see if the problem has resolved. There are possible side-effects (headache, stomach ache and feeling sick) but they are not usually severe. Desmopressin is usually fairly well tolerated by most children.


Be prepared however that very often when you stop using the drug the wetting returns!

There are other drugs for example, Imipramine (Tofranil) (not everybody knows that Imipramine is also used as an anti-depressant for adults) and Oxybutynin used for specific problems such as an over active bladder and these usually have more chance of side effects.

NB All drugs may carry side effects in their users



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