At the age of 14 our son Felix is finally dry during the day and night. Although difficult to handle, the bedwetting was the least of our problems. It was the daytime wetting that was so depressing.

We have had some real down times during this whole episode; it affected the whole family. The stress it added to our lives was huge. I felt very alone when Felix was seven and had to undergo some rather aggressive intervention for his bladder problems. I called ERIC and it was then that I realised we weren’t the only family going through this.

The relentless washing and the smell as he grew older were the most upsetting elements, but we lived through it. Sometimes we had to change his trousers seven times a day. Fortunately, as far as we are aware, he didn’t suffer from bullying and he did wear nappies up discreetly until the age of 13. Felix went to a small primary school, so he was able to come home every lunchtime and get changed.

We tried many avenues to stop the wetting. We did everything including interventive urodynamic tests, saw a magnetiser, dietician, psychologist, physiotherapist, tried electric therapy, took minirinmelt (which worked but only short term), and used reward charts.

We tried a bedwetting alarm, which would wake him during the night, but he slept so heavily it was quite distressing when we couldn’t wake him properly. Felix is fully aware of the drinks that affect his bladder and also the timing of his last daytime drink.

One specialist we saw advised us to wait for puberty and for hormones to kick in. They eventually did and he is finally dry during the day and the nightime accidents are few and far between. He does however need to go very quickly when he needs to go, but manages to hold on. I am sure we could still have some relapses but I wanted to write this to encourage all parents to hang in there.

One can never understand the impact this had on Felix and therein lies my major concern now.

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