Before making an appointment it is important that a careful evaluation with a medical practitioner always be conducted to rule out any organic problem.
You are not alone, bedwetting is an issue faced by many families every night.
According to The National Sleep Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Boston “between five and seven million children in the United States wet their beds on a regular basis, which accounts for 10% of the United States population of children”.
Hypnosis can help both you and your family because it is able to re-program the brain so your child will be able to wake up when their bladder is full and proceed to the toilet.
The medical term for bedwetting is called Enuresis. The most common form of which is nocturnal enuresis, which refers to the involuntary urination at night in children over 5. (Bedwetting before 6 or 7 is considered normal)
Hypnosis and self-hypnosis strategies are effective for bedwetting as children are generally very hypnotizable. Hypnosis builds self-esteem, confidence and optimism as the child learns to take control of the problem.
To combat bed-wetting, doctors suggest:
“Avoid thirst overload. If schools allow, give your child a water bottle so they can drink steadily all day. This avoids excessive thirst after school.
Constipation may be a factor. Because the rectum is right behind the bladder, difficulties with constipation can present themselves as a bladder problem, especially at night. This affects about one-third of children who wet the bed, though children are unlikely to identify or share information about constipation.
Don’t wake children up to urinate. Randomly waking up a child at night and asking them to urinate on demand isn’t the answer. It will only lead to more sleeplessness and frustration for the parent and child
An earlier bedtime. Often children are deep sleepers because they’re simply not getting enough sleep.
Cut back on screen time, especially before bedtime. Improving sleep hygiene can help their minds slow down so they can sleep better.
Never resort to punishment. Getting angry at your child doesn’t help end bedwetting. The process doesn’t need to involve conflict.”
Tracey Tullis, M.Ed.
10 Holbrook Road, Bedford, NH 03110