Bedwetting News & How Diapers Work
Information on Bedwetting
Information on how diapers work.
NOCTURNAL ENURESIS (BEDWETTING)IS LOT MORE COMMON THAN
YOU MIGHT THINK ! THE LATEST REPORTS SHOW THAT THEIR IS
OVER 6,OOO,OOO US CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 6 TO 16yrs
AND 50,000 IN THE VALLEY!
PARENTS OF BEDWETTERS MUST BE AWARE THAT THIS PROBLEM
YOUR CHILD IS HAVING, IS NOT YOUR NOR YOUR CHILDS FAULT.
JUST LIKE WEARING GLASSES IS NO ONE FAULT. BEDWETTING IS
NOT A DISEASE BUT MOSTLY A DELAY IN LEARNING NIGHTTIME
TO START WITH , YOUR BLADDER HAS A NORMAL REFLEX TO
CONTRACT AND EMPTY AS SOON AS IT FILLS WITH A SMALL AMOUNT
OF URINE. BUT THE BRAIN CAN OVERRIDE THAT REFLEX, AND
ALLOW THE BLADDER TO FILL MUCH MORE UNTIL A PERSON IS
READY TO EMPTY HIS BLADDER OR HER BLADDER. THE BRAIN
DOESN'T DEVELOP THE NERVE FIBERS FOR SUCH VOLUNTARY
CONTROL OF THE BLADDER UNTIL AFTER BIRTH. A NEWBORN BABY
FUNCTIONS WITH JUST THE BLADDER REFLEX, AS ANYONE WHO
HAS CHANGED DIAPERS REGULARLY SHOULD KNOW.
THE OCCURRENCE IS 20 PERCENT IN CHILDREN AT AGE 5; 10
PERCENT IN CHILDREN AGE 10; AND 6 PERCENT IN CHILDREN AGE
13; 2 PERCENT AT AGE 18 AND THEIR IS OVER 5,000,000 ADULT IN THE
THERE USUALLY IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CHILD URINARY
SYSTEM, SO X-RAY OR OTHER MEDICAL TEST ARE RARELY
NECESSARY, ALTHOUGH THE PHYSICIAN SHOULD CHECK THE
CHILD URINE FOR INFECTION. PHYSICIAN MAY PRESCRIBED
ANTI-DEPRESSANT DRUGS SUCH AS IMIPRAMINE BUT THEY ARE NOT
EFFECTIVE AS LONG-TERM TREATMENT. ANOTHER DRUG IS .DAVP
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE (ANTI-DIURETIC SYNTHETIC HORMONE)
WHICH WORKS IF THE CHILD DOES'T PRODUCE ENOUGH OF THIS
HORMONE AT NIGHT TO SUPPRESS THE KIDNEY'S. THIS DRUG
COMES IN A NOSE SPRAY AND IS VERY EXPENSIVE ABOUT $100.00 A
PHYSICIANS MAY REFER CHILDREN TO STAY DRY PROGRAM SUCH
THE ONE IN McALLEN. THEY HAVE A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM THAT
IS MORE ECONOMICAL THAN DRUG THERAPY. NO PROBLEM CAN BE
SOLVED UNTIL THEY ARE IDENTIFIED FIRST. INTERNATIONAL STAY
DRY PROGRAM GOES THROUGH TWELVE STEPS TO IDENTIFY THE
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS, AND THEN DEVELOPS A CUSTOMIZED
PROGRAM TO OVER COME THE BEDWETTING PROBLEM.
PARENTS WITH CHILDREN UNDER 6yrs SHOULD NOT BE CONCERN IF
THEIR CHILD IS NOT DRY AT NIGHT. BUT OVER AGE 6 THEY SHOULD
HAVE THEIR CHILD CHECK OUT. CHILDREN OVER THE AGE OF 6, ARE
MORE EFFECTIVE BY THIS UNCONTROLLABLE EVENT. THEY DON'T
HAVE FRIENDS SLEEP THE NIGHT, OR GO TO SLEEP OVERS. WHEN
THESE CHILDREN DISCOVER THEY HAD AN ACCIDENT. THEY OFTEN
FEEL THAT THEY HAVE FAILED, AND NO CHILD SHOULD START
THEIR DAY FEELING THEY HAVE FAILED.
PARENTS WHO WILL LET NATURE TAKE IT COURSE. WILL FIND THAT
IT WILL TAKE A VERY LONG TIME FOR THEIR CHILD TO BE DRY AT
NIGHT. IF YOU TAKE GROUP OF 100 10yrs OLD, WHEN THEY REACH
11yrs THEY WILL BE 15 DRY AT NIGHT AND 85 STILL WET. WHEN
THEY REACH 12yrs 27 WILL BE DRY AND 73 STILL WET, AND WHEN
THEY REACH 13yrs 38 WILL BE DRY AND 62 WILL BE WET.
PARENTS SHOULD NEVER, NEVER PUNISH A BEDWETTER THIS IS NOT
THEIR FAULT.!! NO CHILD WANTS TO WAKE UP IN A WET BED. THEY
ALL WANT TO OUT GROW THIS PROBLEM. PARENTS SHOULD GET
HELP FOR THEIR CHILD, BY TAKING THEM TO PHYSICIAN, OR TO
STAY DRY PROGRAM. PARENTS WHO WANT TO GET MORE
INFORMATION CAN CONTACT INTERNATIONAL STAY DRY PROGRAM
IN Mc ALLEN BY CALLING (956) 682-9484. BEDWETTING
Cloth diapers are made of an absorbent material, such as cotton. Cotton is the
best natural fiber for absorbency. When the cotton fibers comes in contact with
a liquid, each fiber will absorb as much liquid as it can hold, then pass the
remaining liquid to the next dry fiber until all the liquid is absorbed. This
process of absorbing liquid is called wicking. The process of wicking is the
same process that makes an old-fashioned oil lamp work.
When an accident happens, it first wets the crotch area and then the liquid will
puddle between the skin and diaper. The individual fibers will then start
wicking (drawing the liquid away from the skin and up to the rest of the
diaper). If the diaper has enough fibers it will absorb all the liquid. However, if
the diaper does not have enough fibers, then the process of wicking will stop.
This is called the saturation point.
You will find that the diapers will leak if they become over-saturated. Just like
a sponge that can't hold any more water, just by touching the sponge, it will
cause the water to ooze out. When a child's diaper is over-saturated and the
child moves around in their sleep, hydraulic forces (pressure) will cause the
liquid to ooze out around the legs and waist.
So it is important that you have enough absorbency in a diaper. If you don't
select the right diaper, you might also have another problem. What you will find
happening is that the urine will puddle next to the skin and might cause your
child to develop a diaper rash. It is bacteria in the urine that produces a
byproduct called ammonia that causes the rash.
The rule of thumb is for every ounce that needs to be absorbed you need two
ounces of cotton fiber. So if your child voids 8oz at night, you need 16oz of
cotton fiber in the diaper.
Disposable diapers (including Pull-Ups and disposable training pants) work the
same as cloth diapers but instead of cotton fibers they are made of paper and
cellulose fluff (or polymer gel crystals.) These disposable diapers usually do a
good job on the first wetting and absorb the liquid. However, they have a
problem with handling any subsequent wettings. They just don't have the
wicking capabilities of cotton. So, if your child wets several times throughout
the night, which most kids seem to do, you are better off with a cloth diapers. A
disposable diaper may not absorb all the urine the 2nd time around and the
urine will puddle next to the skin, causing your child to develop a painful
diaper rash, or it may leak out the edges, wetting the bed and require changing
Disposables are good for trips and sleepovers but not ideal for every-day use.
However, a lot of families use them everyday, because they are more convenient