Sleeping girl

My adopted preschoolers were late with potty training, so it wasn’t surprising when they struggled to be dry at night. My eldest daughter Rosie did not seem too bothered about this at first and she was so difficult to rouse at night that we did not push it too much. Our health visitor was relaxed about it and told me that Rosie would be dry in her own time. However, when she was still in pull-ups at night age 7 and sleepover invitations from friends started rolling in, Rosie became much more aware and motivated to be dry at night.

The daily toll of living with bedwetting

Rosie slept so deeply that despite our best efforts to support her with toilet trips in the night, she continued to have heavy wet pull-ups in the morning. We tried going 'cold turkey' on the pull-ups, but then I became more cranky, tired and frustrated at having to strip the bed in the night and wash the sheets every day, which was not helping the situation. As parents we tried to remain patient, accepting and encouraging but, for Rosie, each morning was a disappointment. I could see that this was taking its toll on her emotional well being, so we made an appointment with the GP.

Getting help and finding ERIC

Rosie was referred to the Community Paediatrician for assessment. Various measurements revealed that Rosie had a small bladder capacity, an over active bladder, and over-production of urine at night time. We bought a really helpful book “Everything a child needs to know about bedwetting” by Dr Yemula and read it together with Rosie. It was at the right level for her to understand and I think that she felt hugely reassured to know that she was not alone with this problem. The book gave us all hope, knowing that there are practical steps we could take to help Rosie become dry at night. It also helped us discover the charity ERIC, and their bowel and bladder helpline.

Becoming dry has had a massive positive effect on Rosie's self-esteem.

The ERIC helpline was very informative and gave me practical advice about, for example, how to help Rosie have a successful first night away on her school trip. ERIC also helped me to discover Brolly Sheets (which are brilliant!), and supported me with trouble-shooting various aspects of our routine.

Rosie became dry at night when she was 9 years old, and this has had a massive positive effect on her self-esteem. It was a combination of factors that helped us along the way: medication from the specialist, taking the practical steps outlined in Dr Yemula’s book and being supported by the ERIC helpline.

Rosie and Angela's names have been changed to protect their identity and a stock image has been used. 

Dr Yemula has also written a book for parents: Bedwetting in children and young people  - a simple guide for parents.

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