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
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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
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7 Top Tips to Stop Your Child Wetting the Bed
Protect the mattress.
have your children actually
night time protection. They need to
feel the difference
between wet and dry!
Give your child plenty to drink during the day but limit drinks
after their evening meal
Don’t drink fruit juices, colas and other drinks containing
caffeine as these can stimulate the bladder. Drink water or milk
Check they aren’t constipated.An
can press on the bladder
Check they use the bathroom / toilet just before going to sleep
Ensure the way to the bathroom is well lit at night in case fear
of the dark puts them off getting up at night
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
The problem is more common with boys than with girls
* 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%
Probably the most common cause is the body is slow in developing
the hormone that reduces the amount of urine produced overnight
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
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
Sudden secondary onset could possibly mean a urinary infection
or even Type 1 Diabetes (see the symptoms below) See your
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
Two Common Mistaken Beliefs
common mistaken beliefis 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.
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
common mistaken beliefis 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 tonotice 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!
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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