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15 yr old girl bedwetting
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prtymama posted:
My stepdaughter has been bedwetting since the age of 5. It has improved over the years to where it's not nightly. But, I'm concerned since she will be turning 16 this year. She lives with her mother and she has tried the bed wetting alarms, waking her up at night, no liquids before bedtime, but no success. Does anyone else have children with the same problem? How common is this for teenage girls? When will it stop? I know she wants to stop, but says she doesn't feel she has to go and just wakes up wet in the morning. She's a heavy sleeper but I'm pretty sure that's not the only reason why it's continued this long. Should we be concerned enough to take her to the doctor again?

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momuv4girls responded:
I'm sure this is hard on your step-daughter.

You mention she has had this problem since age 5 - so prior to that (when initially potty trained), she was dry at night for a few years? If so, then I would tend to think is an emotional issue.
Did her parents divorce then, or some other significant thing happen in her life?

I did find this article that I think has a lot of value in it - I hope it helps you guys find a direction to go and help her.
http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/bedwetting

Take care!
-Kathleen
 
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prtymama replied to momuv4girls's response:
Her parents divorced when she was 4 and both parents remarried by the time she was 5, so yes there was much going on in her young life at this time. She was initially potty trained and then started the wetting @ 5 yrs old. Thanks for the article.
 
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meganamom responded:
Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness: A Practic...
This is the best book about how to help someone who struggles with bedwetting. Your step daughter is right...she does not get the full bladder signal when sleeping. So the trick is to train her brain to recognize the full bladder signal while asleep. The proven method that is best is an alarm. I know you said she tried and alarm...but it takes 3-4 months of consistent use for a teen. And someone dedicated enough to wake her up every time the alarm goes off, cause she will sleep right through it at first. Eventually the sleep pattern changes and she will hear the alarm herself and then soon after the bladder and brain will work together while she is asleep and the bedwetting will end. If she uses and alarm consistently for 3-4 months, she will learn to stay dry.
www.braveryandgrace.com has lots of good info on bedwetting. Hugs to her and you for caring so much.


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