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Bed Wetting Clinic

February 15, 2011

My poor son is still wetting the bed most nights and we finally got a referral to a urology clinic.  Before we can make an appointment, we were required to attend a two hour meeting that addressed the issue, plus a variety of other elimination issues.  The next one isn’t until April, so I had to seize the moment and go. 

I was about 30 minutes late due to Mapquest steering me wrong and it being dark and rainy, making it harder to determine if Mapquest had indeed foiled me again.  Fortunately, they still let me in.  I think everything discussed was included in the giant packet of information they gave me.  The most surprising bit of info was how much our kids’ bowel habits are related to their ability to control their bladder.  About halfway through the presentation that was actually going on at another building and shown to us via webcam, the power went out.  We sat there for a moment and I asked, “Does this mean we have to talk about poo amongst ourselves now?”  The other parents laughed.  Luckily the generator made it possible for us to watch the rest of the bodily function lecture without a long delay.

Before the specialist will see children with wetting problems, primary doctors must first determine that they aren’t constipated with an x-ray, rule out a bladder infection, we have to keep a detailed log of when they sleep, eat, drink, pee, poo, etc., and we have to try some other things like getting the school to encourage the kids to drink water during the day, pee every 2 hours, and then not let them drink four hours before bedtime.  If they drink during the day, they won’t be dehydrated and begging for lots of drinks when they get home, making it possible to go without beverages until bed.  Then we are supposed to set an alarm to go off in 4 hours and the child needs to go to the bathroom whether they feel like it or not.

The majority of children who wet the bed are constipated, but there are usually multiple factors going on, like sleeping too soundly to notice the urge to go or a smaller bladder than average.  The build-up of poo can press on their bladder, decreasing their capacity and making it difficult to completely empty their bladder too.  I never knew.  She also said that most parents who think their children aren’t constipated are usually wrong, so we are encouraged to examine their bowel movements for proper size, consistency, and frequency.  Oh, I can hardly wait.

That’s not even half of what we heard.  Guess I’ll prepare for a weekend of documenting my son’s every move(ment).

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