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Bedwetting and possible link
with ADHD kids

Researchers have stated that there is a very high probability of a link between ADHD and bedwetting. These children have a problem with controlling their behavior and are seen as being ‘hyperactive’ or ‘impulsive’. This condition has been studied extensively in children and till now, a permanent cure for this condition has not been found. All they can provide meds to address the ADHD symptoms.

One thing for sure, ADHD kids need a lot of structure and consistency and easily get distracted and have a hard time finishing tasks.

Now ADHD child is difficult enough and if your child also has Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting) and especially if they also have Diurnal (Daytime time wetting) issue is even more challenging. Because they have a hard time focusing and get easily distracted, which makes it difficult for a child with ADHD to manage their hygiene care successfully, and need parents support.

The following is posting in our StayDry support group through a questionnaire managing hygiene by a mother trial and tribulations dealing with 14yr old ADHD incontinent son.
(Please note I have omitted their name to protect their privacy)

Question -- How do you manage their hygiene ?

A) Do they cooperate and tell you when they need to be change ?

My son is very unfocused and easily distracted. If I have him in
daytime diapers I usually have to check him myself, but he's
cooperative when being changed.

B) Are they able to change themselves or do they need your help ?

I still change my son's diapers and also supervise dressing and
bathing him as with his ADHD he is so easily distracted it's
difficult for him to concentrate and follow through on simple tasks.
If I didn't diaper him, it would never get done.

C) What is the best method of changing a child if he/she still needs
help in changing ?
I undress him and have him lie down on a waterproof pad on his bed.
He's so used to this that he almost always raises his legs up so I'll
have an easier time diapering him. When he's more "hyper," I'll hold
up one of the diaper pins and tell him to hold still if he doesn't
want to be stuck. This usually works.

D) Does your household have daily ritual, when it comes to putting on
night protection. (For example I have some parents report that right
after dinner, or after they have finish homework etc.)

I diaper him about thirty minutes before bedtime. Once he's in
diapers, plastic pants and his pajamas or sleepers, he likes to sit
with me on the couch and watch a little TV or have me read something
to him. This has a way of calming him down and making it easier to
tuck him in at bedtime.

E) Upon waking, if the child had an accident do they take a bath in
the morning, or do you have to get after them and clean them up
before going to school ?

I remove his wet diapers and plastic pants and bathe him so it will
actually be done. Left to his own devices, he seems to try and find
a way to avoid doing something or wanders off to play in his room. I
make sure he goes to the bathroom before I take him to school.

ADHD Kids are higher maintenance, and parents need to be more diligent in managing their care because ADHD kids have more difficult time managing on their own because they often get distracted and forget about changing when they should and do not follow through with proper hygiene procedures.

* Please note parenting a child you treat them maturity age appropriate and not go by physical age.

Steven F. Trimarco
Real Corporation
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My Wish !

I found that those that are incontinent tend to isolate themselves because of their issue of incontinence (Wearing protection diapers, Pull-ups, etc.) thus making their incontinence not just an inconvenient, but also turns it to a real handicap because it limits them what they really want to do.

So my wish for all those that have to stop themselves going on a date, sleep over or joining some outside activity like sports that you decide to take a chance on life and live it to the fullest and try the things you have not been doing in the past and live life with gusto. You will never know unless you try !!