When is Bedwetting a Health Problem?

When is bed wetting a health problem?

Sara Collins, a pediatrics nurse practitioner for Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Center, provides the answer to that question in a recent column in the Marshfield News Herald.

Involuntary wetting or voiding dysfunction is an abnormal urination pattern for your child’s age. Voiding problems normally are not behavioral.

According to Collins, seeing a medical professional can help improve involuntary wetting sooner than your child will outgrow it. She adds that voiding dysfunction can be a sign of more serious health problems that require treatment by other medical specialists.

Read the complete article here.

PottyMD Announces Bedwetting Alarm System

Wet-Stop®, a subsidiary of PottyMD™ and the world's leading brand in bedwetting and incontinence care products, has just released its newest product the Wet Detective™ bed pad bedwetting alarm system.

After several years of development, the manufacturers of the Wet-Stop product line have introduced their latest patented bedwetting and incontinence management product the Wet Detective.

"We combined our expertise in designing both the best waterproof mattress protectors and enuresis alarms, and as a result we now present a blended product that provides the best of both worlds. This device will serve homes and care facilities with an affordable and practical management system for all ages with bedwetting and incontinence," said D. Preston Smith MD, pediatric urologist and founder of parent company PottyMD.

Wet Detective bedwetting alarm

Wet Detective Bedwetting Alarm

The Wet Detective consists of a bedside alarm and a large patented sensing cloth pad that is both washable and waterproof. The cloth sensing pad is simply placed underneath the individual to sense urine. The alarm has 4 sound settings and an LED light to indicate wetness.

​According to their announcement, "These bedwetting alarms are typically worn by young individuals and have proven to provide excellent long-term cures for those who experience bedwetting. Alternatively, bed pad alarm devices are placed underneath an individual and are now being used in the elderly and others who have incontinence."

"Typically these bed pad devices are plastic-like sheets that are placed in a pillowcase or under the sheet to detect moisture. Although they are helpful in detecting moisture, most of these are not practical in daily care and are not conducive to comfortable sleeping."

Has Your Child Starting Wetting the Bed … Again

An interesting article from All 4 Women about what to do when your child starts wetting the bed again. Called secondary nocturnal enuresis (SNE), this is bed wetting that occurs after at least six months of consistent dryness.

Has your child started wetting the bed again

"It’s important that as parents and caregivers we encourage our children, without focusing on the occurrence (bed wetting), but rather focus on the cause: the emotions behind the occurrence. It's important to try to identify what might be making your child feel nervous, anxious, worried, insecure and deal with these by providing structure, stability and constant support in the child’s life."

Read the full article.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, secondary nocturnal enuresis accounts for about one quarter of children with bedwetting. By age ten years, up to 8% of children will develop SNE.

"A common cause of SNE in the pre-school child is an overactive bladder (OAB). Children with OAB pee more than usual, often have to run to the bathroom, and wet by day. Bladder infection is another cause of SNE; about 15-20% of children with cystitis present with nighttime wetting. Constipation also can be a cause or an aggravating factor. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an uncommon cause of SNE. Large adenoids are the most common cause of OSA that leads to SNE."