Bedwetting and ADD/ADHD

I have read your post, and I would like to offer some insight.  I am a psychologist, and I have an in-depth understanding about bedwetting and ADD.  Many bedwetters are misdiagnosed with ADD.  Symptoms of a bedwetter’s deep sleep disorder, such as the inability to stay focused or to concentrate, are almost identical to those of ADD.


Bed-wetting is not anyone’s fault; our findings point to a deep sleep that prevents the brain from responding to the bladder’s signal.   According to  the American Pediatric Association, less than 1% of bed-wetting cases are caused by a physical problem.


The only way to end bed-wetting successfully is to recognize that the problem is a SYMPTOM resulting from a genetically determined and transferred deep sleep disorder.  Until the underlying sleep disorder is addressed, a child will continue to wet the bed, frequently have daytime “accidents” and suffer from the psychological distress that the disorder can cause.


Parents naturally turn to their pediatrician seeking information regarding their child’s bed-wetting problem around five or six.  Often the “Medical Advice” is to wait:  Hearing “don’t worry, they will outgrow it“.  This is the worst advice you can get. While the child waits, the enuresis can remain and additional symptoms can result.


According to Harvard Medical School, sleep disorders are commonly encountered problems in pediatric practice, yet under recognized to a large extent. The consequences of under-diagnosed and untreated sleep disorders may include significant emotional, behavioral, cardiovascular and neurocognitive dysfunction.


Dr. Meltzer, Ph.D., from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and associates conducted a chart review for all well-child visits at the 32 primary care pediatric practices affiliated with this hospital.  Included were records for nearly 155,000 patients from birth to 18 years.


Dr. Meltzer stated “We found that all sleep disorders, including those that are less of a concern, such as bedwetting and sleepwalking, and those that are more serious, including obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy, are being under diagnosed in primary care practice,” the researcher noted.”


“Untreated sleep problems can impact every aspect of children’s lives, including growth, learning, attention, mood, and family functioning.”


For over three decades, The Premier Bedwetting Clinic, The Enuresis Treatment Center, has successfully treated thousands of people from around the world who thought there was no hope for their child’s bed-wetting.  Their unique approach to treating children and teenagers around the world, eliminates the bed-wetter’s sleep disorder. If a child does not have true learning disability, the symptoms will disappear.


I always encourage parents to visit our website and take advantage of the extensive knowledge on treating this issue.


Time is of the essence.


Lyle Danuloff, Ph.D.

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