A bedwetting alarm is a type of therapy that trains the brain to notice the signals from the bladder. Parents often mistakenly think that a cell phone alarm is the same principle. It’s not. It’s important to the child to be woken up as soon as their bladder starts to empty. It seem counterintuitive that … Read moreHow to use a bedwetting alarm correctly
Here are the power struggles you’ll have a difficult time winning: forcing your child to eat, drink, sleep, pee or poop at your whim. However, there are a couple techniques you can try to help them adhere to the medical advice they were given. Avoiding power struggles. Don’t start power struggles with opening them up … Read moreGetting your Child to Listen to Medical Advice
Problems with school bathrooms can start as early as preschool. There are many daycare/preschool programs that have peculiar bathroom set ups. They will have 3 little toilets in one room with no dividers or privacy for the child. It’s very common for kids as young as preschool to start holding their bowel movements because of … Read moreThe Problem with School Bathrooms
Setting a phone alarm throughout the night. I’ve had families that have their child set a phone alarm every 2 hours to go pee. This method is exhausting and doesn’t train the brain to respond to the signal of their bladder filling. Most families also find that without helping their child throughout the night the … Read moreBedwetting “Cures” that don’t work
This is a question that comes up all of the time. Are pull ups prolonging bedwetting? If we had stopped the pull ups, would they have grown out of it already? The only time I recommend stopping pull ups is if a child answers yes to one of these questions I ask them. Do you … Read moreWhen do you stop Pull Ups?
Fixing your bedtime routine is easier said than done. It takes a lot of strength from the parent and a lot of consistency. We know that at the end of the day you’re tired and not in the mood to argue but if you consistently hold strong and don’t cave you will be grateful you … Read moreFixing your Bedtime Routine
The scenario I hear a lot is, “he’s in Boy Scouts now and wants to go on their camping trips, what do we do?” If you are working through the Time to be Dry program and not quite dry, what do you do about sleepovers? This question can often come with a lot of emotions … Read moreSleepovers
If you are not in a good place to start bedwetting therapy, there is something you can try to help your child. I often times have families with new babies, odd work shifts, they have a child that has difficulty falling asleep, they are having behavior problems in other areas, etc. It’s ok to pick … Read moreWhat if we are not ready?
In Our Time to be Dry Workbook we always recommend treating constipation first. The workbook takes you step by step towards dryness. One way to improve your child’s bowels is with adequate fiber intake. We don’t want excessive fiber intake, only adequate amounts for their age. We always encourage vegetables first but here are a … Read moreFavorite Fiber Foods
You’re ready to start the Time to be Dry program! How do you start tracking? Do you continue the medications or stop them? It depends on the medication. The three most common bedwetting medicines are ditropan (oxybutynin), desmopressin (DDAVP) and Imipramine (tofranil). If your child is on a different medication speak with your provider on … Read moreBedwetting Medicines