Parents are taught that bedwetting is common, often being told by physicians, “Don’t worry, it will go away once the hormones kick in”. It seems fairly logical. People then wait for their child to hit puberty, and when the bedwetting persists, they begin to feel really concerned and sometimes desperate. An alarming statistic is that 63% of our patients are teenagers.
“Chronic bedwetting is complex, and everyone has his or her own set of symptoms, “ says Michael Stallsmith, M.A., SP., and Director of Treatment. “The older one gets, the less they talk about it. But we know from experience that the older they get, the more it bothers them. It’s an extremely sensitive issue. Usually teens find it embarrassing. And when you enter adulthood wetting the bed, you tend to feel resigned that there will ever be an end to wet sheets”.
When Bradley entered our bed wetting treatment program, he was 17. His mom said she followed all the doctors’ suggestions. There wasn’t a directed plan…there were only suggestions. The most common suggestion she received was to wait. She was outraged that doctors would expect her child to have to live with the stress of bedwetting and the limitations on his social life until he was a teenager. And even then, they couldn’t offer a guarantee he would be cured. At 17, high school graduation was around the corner. College was was not too far off in the future. Bradley’s mom decided it was time to stop listening to doctors and to the suggestions posted on the internet and to seek real help.
We have heard from thousands of parents who do not realize how much the bedwetting impacted their child until completing our program. Yet they could definitely see and enjoy the positive changes their child was able to experience once they were free of such a stressful and humiliating condition like bedwetting.
Here is a letter that was sent to us by Bradley after he completed treatment with us. He wrote it to give others hope and confidence that there really, truly, is nothing wrong with a bedwetter in any capacity. Changing a sleep pattern is KEY, and it is through direct communication with and guidance from us that we accomplish this. Then each and every bedwetter is free from bedwetting for his or her lifetime!
Hello, my name is Bradley and I have gone through the bedwetting treatment for teenagers program provided by Enuresis Treatment Center. I started with a slight hope, a very small hope. My parents and I had already tried everything. Or so we thought; From chiropractors to medicines, homemade remedies and bedwetting alarms.
I remember being 9 and wetting my bed up to three times in one night, which the doctor said was normal. Normal? Not to me. It was confusing and I kept wondering what was wrong with me. I privately wondered for years what was wrong with me. When I began your treatment program, I was so happy to learn there was nothing wrong with me. Inheriting the really deep, hard sleep that caused my bladder to empty without me feeling or knowing made perfect sense. On my mom’s side, some relatives had wet the bed, so this seemed normal to them. How could any of this be my fault when all I was doing was sleeping badly? Everybody said that i was just a hard sleeper.
At 17, I was still wetting the bed 6 times a week and still sometimes a few wets a night. I was desperate and yet deep down I was hopeless, and this was just another “thing” I was going to try. I didn’t put my complete effort into the program; I am sure many teens that wet the bed stop believing in ways to help bed wetting teens after so many attempts that ended in failure.
But the thing is, I began to see progress! Not only did Claudia (I called her my coach) encourage me, she paid close attention to what was needed for me. I felt like someone was listening and developing a good plan. I continued seeing results and gaining confidence, which made me put more effort into the program and gave me more results, then finally totally dry. Dry nights over and over again. It was the best feeling!
I want to thank my mom, for being patient and encouraging, helping me to not lose hope; Claudia, my coach also for being so insightful and patient. She really knows how to make sure you can stop wetting. It might sound weird, but I truly feel healed. Thank you for everything. I am very excited now to be free and able to begin living my life.
We would like to thank Bradley and his mother for permission to share this letter, and we look forward to many more from other patients. We have volumes of letters that people have sent to us through our 40 years treating bedwetting, and now, thanks to the internet, we can take them from paper and post them online to let others know that there is help!
We invite you to call us today!
International Director and First Patient of ETC