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World Bedwetting Day

The 29thof May 2019 is World Bedwetting Day and an important day for many families. Bedwetting is more common than you may think. Research has shown that up to 25% of children at the age of 4 and an estimated 10% of South African children aged between 4-15 years old experience bedwetting. With bedwetting being so prominent, this is a subject that needs to be discussed openly without stigma or embarrassment.

World Bedwetting Day was first launched in 2015 by the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU). This initiative continues to raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals around this common condition and this year’s theme continues from last year’s theme – “Time to Take Action”. Bedwetting has a serious impact on a child’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and day time functioning, including school and social performance which is why it is so important to start the conversation and to help give families advise on how to manage this problem and the effects.

Dr. Michael Mol, Brand Ambassador for DryNites® Pyjama Pants, has put together a list of important and frequently asked questions associated with bedwetting in order to assist families who are currently dealing with this problem. 

What is bedwetting?

The medical term for bedwetting is Nocturnal Enuresis, which is in essence the involuntary urination that happens at night while sleeping, after the age when a child should be able to control his or her bladder.

Why is my child wetting the bed? 

There can be numerous reasons for bedwetting. In most cases, it’s linked to delays in physiological development – a small bladder, the inability to recognize a full one, deep sleepers, constipation or even hormones. Children are unique and each child develops at a different pace. Bedwetting could also be caused by psychological stressors that have resulted from issues at school or a change in family dynamics.

Am I doing something wrong as a parent? 

Bedwetting is nobody’s fault; it is not linked to the way in which parents have raised their child, nor how they potty trained them and more importantly, it is not the child’s fault. Children are not conscious when bedwetting occurs which means that they are naturally unaware and not in control of their bladders at the time. The best thing a parent can do for a child that experiences bedwetting is to reassure the child that it was just an accident and not make this too big of a deal when it happens.

How can I stop my child from wetting the bed?

You cannot stop your child from wetting the bed, it is something that they will likely grow out of. You can however reduce the impact it may have on their self-esteem by helping them get through this season as discreetly and comfortably as possible. 

DryNites®

DryNites® Pyjama Pants are available for boys and girls and come in two different sizes; 4-7 years and 8-15 years. These age appropriate disposable pyjama pants are super absorbent and comfortable like real underwear. They are thin enough so that children can discreetly wear them underneath their pyjamas, which will make your child feel more comfortable when going to bed. This in turn will also build their confidence and self-esteem.

On the 29thMay 2019, let’s start the conversation around bedwetting and raise awareness about the problem, the effects it has on a family and child as well as how to manage bedwetting effectively. 

For more information on DryNites® Pyjama Pants, or to ask Dr Mol a personal question, or to request a free sample visit www.drynites.co.za. DryNites® Pyjama Pants are currently available nationwide in selected retailers and on www.takealot.com.

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