Bedwetting : Frequentely asked questions
Questions? See the frequently asked questions about bedwetting below.
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Yes. Studies show that if one of the parents suffered from bedwetting in their childhood, their child has a 44% greater chance of suffering the same problem. If both parents were affected by the problem, this figure rises to 77%. 2 to 3 times more cases of bedwetting are observed in boys than girls.
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No. The age group most affected is 5-10 year olds. Enuresis declines progressively beyond this age and only 3% of adolescents are affected. Cases of adult bedwetting are extremely uncommon.
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No, enuresis is not an illness but simply a developmental delay in nighttime dryness. You should be worried however if your child starts to wet the bed again after a period of at least six consecutive months of nighttime dryness. This could suggest early symptoms of an illness such as diabetes, a urinary tract infection or kidney disease. In this situation, you should see a doctor.
If enuresis persists beyond the age of 6, consult a doctor or paediatrician who will be able to advise you. Specify whether your child has a case of primary enuresis (the child has never been dry at night) or secondary enuresis (they have started to wet the bed again after a period of at least six consecutive months of nighttime dryness). At the age of 6, the child should be able to control their bladder and to feel the need to go to the bathroom if necessary
No. No tests are necessary if your child's enuresis is only at night and they do not suffer from any urinary problems during the day.
Be discreet and never talk about it to anyone in front of your child. Only a doctor can advise you and find a solution adapted to your personal situation. It is however recommended to inform - with your child's permission - anyone who may be confronted with your child's bedwetting outside of your own home. A teacher, during a school trip, for example, or the parents of a friend where your child will stay the night, the director of a summer camp, etc.
If your child suffers from their bedwetting problem, for instance, it is causing them problems in their relationships with others or with themselves, or they have a tendency to isolate, blame or depreciate themselves, it is advised to see a psychologist, in order to rebuild the child's self-confidence.
Yes. If it was an illness, we could consider it to be, after asthma, one of the most common in children. Nearly 18% of 3-15 year olds wet their bed with some regularity.
Yes.Boys are slightly more prone to bedwetting than girls. To accommodate the difference in needs according to the child's gender, DryNites® offers different ranges of pants for boys and girls.
Never. As enuresis occurs during sleep, the child is not responsible for their bedwetting and does not do it on purpose. Telling them off only puts further blame on the child and knocks their self-confidence. On the contrary, encourage them and teach them to take responsibility for themselves.
It's not a good idea. In the same way as punishments, rewards make no sense when the child is not responsible for their actions, which is certainly the case with bedwetting. Encourage them however to conscientiously accomplish daily missions which they have control over like making their bed, feeding their pets, etc.
No. It is fruitless to repeat the same thing every evening at bedtime. It's the child's responsibility to think on their own, like a big kid, to go to the toilet before going to bed. It's part of becoming independent.
No. From the age of 6, a child is big and independent enough to change themselves, without your aid. They will be very proud of themselves for doing so. Do not tell them off if they do call you for help, however, they may not yet be ready to tackle this alone.
No,quite the opposite. In this situation, the super absorbent and discreet Drynites® Pyjama Pants will be a great help to you. Nights spent away from home help to develop the child's independence and confidence in their capabilities: they must therefore be strongly encouraged to go on these trips. Tell your child that they are not the only child to wet the bed. Be sure to tell a teacher or group leader so that they can discreetly help your child should the need arise. But rest assured, most of the time, everything goes just fine!
Definitely not. Respect your child's need for sleep. A disturbed night will not solve the problem at all and this method generally proves to be ineffective.
No. However, Remind them that they should quench their thirst regularly throughout the day. In this way, they will be less thirsty when it comes to bedtime. After six o'clock, it is strongly discouraged to consume sugared, carbonated or milky drinks: stick to water.
What should I do if my child feels they are being treated like a baby at the thought of wearing nighttime underwear?
If you use DryNites® Pyjama Pants talk to your child about absorbent night-time underwear and not about nappies. Emphasise the difference so that they do not feel treated like a baby, but like a big kid.
Some mothers fear that wearing DryNites® Pyjama Pants will delay their child in mastering nighttime dryness. This ignores the fact that the child is not wetting the bed on purpose. Why should they suffer from a situation which they cannot control, are not responsible for, and which could have serious complications for themselves and their families? Don't deprive your child from real and immediate help, whilst they still need it.
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DryNites® offers you two solutions: the absorbent Pyjama Pants and the under sheet mattress protectors.
DryNites® Pyjama Pants for boys and girls have been designed to be worn under pyjamas or a nightie. The designs for boys and girls printed on the pants were chosen by children. The DryNites® BedMats disposable mattress protectors are the ideal solution to protect your mattress, especially if your child doesn't like to wear nighttime underwear or if they are an occasional bed wetter.
Given the discreet nature of DryNites® Pyjama Pants and their resemblance to normal pants, it's not necessary. The child can choose according to their preference and how they feel most comfortable and at ease.
The absorbent DryNites® Pyjama Pants are waterproof on the outside, absorbent within and super soft throughout. They are truly effective, discreet and comfortable.
DryNites® Pyjama Pants for boys and girls are available in two sizes:
4-7 years 17-30 kg
8-15 years 27-57 kg
Yes. DryNites® Pyjama Pants can be used throughout any medical treatment for enuresis and can even help with this treatment.