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Why can children determining their own bed-wetting triggers be beneficial to them?

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Some children become quite interested in designing their own hypotheses to see whether certain actions or foods have an effect on staying dry overnight. Working to identify their own personal bed-wetting triggers can be beneficial for kids on two fronts:

  • It gives them a sense of control over their bed-wetting problem and allows them to take some responsibility for trying to fix it.
  • If they do identify a food they think prevents or causes bed-wetting, having or avoiding that food may actually help, even if it is only due to the placebo effect.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Bedwetting," "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis."

Familydoctor.org: "Enuresis (Bed-wetting)."

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor, director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Alpert Medical School.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Bedwetting."

WebMD Medical Reference: “ .” Diet, Drugs, and Urinary Incontinence Symptoms

Johnson, M. , December 1998. Urologic Nursing

Egger, J. , May 1992. Clinical Pediatrics

University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: "Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Bedwetting," "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis."

Familydoctor.org: "Enuresis (Bed-wetting)."

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor, director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Alpert Medical School.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Bedwetting."

WebMD Medical Reference: “ .” Diet, Drugs, and Urinary Incontinence Symptoms

Johnson, M. , December 1998. Urologic Nursing

Egger, J. , May 1992. Clinical Pediatrics

University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: "Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

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