Childhood Diseases

Posted by: m | 2010/03/15



Good day, Prof!

Have a 5 1/2 year old boy who is still not dry at night. His brother, nearly 3, is. Tries to get both out of night time nappies together when the 3 year old woke with a dry nappy a few days in a row. It worked for little brother, but big brother had a wet bed every day, except for 2 over a month. (Big brother has never had dry nappies in the morning in his 5 1/2 year life, that''s why I never tried with him sooner). I gave up after the month and he is now back in night time nappies.

At the moment we are in Western Australia, where they have a bedwetting program at the local clinic. They use a bed alarm that goed off when it gets wet, to teach the child to get up when he feels the need to urinate. The nurse says they have the best outcome with 5 1/2 to 6 years olds. Before we go on the program, I need to get urine tests done to exclude infections. On a recent visit to the GP, he could not see why I wanted my son to go on the program, saying that it is something kids just outgrow and that I should relax.

My mom says that I am too relaxed and that it is my fault that he is still in night time nappies at nearly 6, because I left it on for too long. I don''t make a fuss out of it, ignore the wet bed etc. and my son also does not have an issue with it either. He is a normal child, healthy - only thing, enlarged adenoids - and happy.

Now I need my South African internet Prof''s opinion, please? Should I go ahead with the program, or will I be complicating things?

Duisend dankies weer!

Expert's Reply



Your son has a problem with bedwetting which is called enuresis. At 5 years this is regarded as a definite problem and it is a real problem for your son even if he seems to be 'cool' about it.He definitely should be on this bedwetting programme with an alarm which is the first line of treatment for enuresis.Best wishes.

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