Physicians At A Loss For Effective Bedwetting Treatment


Finding an effective bedwetting treatment for every patient

During a clinical assessment this week, a mom came into our clinic with her 13 year old son. She is a doctor. The Dad, also a physician, didn’t come in for the appointment since he had met us before when he came into our clinic three years ago to treat another of his children.

We wondered why they had waited so long to seek treatment for their 13 year old. The mom admitted that she had been trying to “re-create” our protocol with her son thinking she now knew what the program entailed, and that she could help him without our supervision. There were periods of time where she felt overwhelmed doing the work on her own and therefore stopped, and then when she would restart for other periods, she recognized that she couldn’t successfully apply to her 13 year old’s bedwetting the same thing that she did with her other son.

The fact is, it’s always different for each patient. Every bed wetter sleeps the same way, yet how they respond to treatment is altogether different. It has to be individualized. This mom became frustrated and desperate to help her now almost 14 year old son, so she called on us again.

Their educational backgrounds don’t apply to the treatment of bedwetting. Bed wetting is not physiological or psychological in nature, so medical treatment–which usually involves medication–doesn’t work. We are treating the underlying cause of enuresis – which is actually a sleep disorder and that is the only way to put a permanent end to this condition.

We know very well what it takes to both tailor-design the bed wetting treatment for each patient, and how to support every parent in implementing what’s needed. Nobody has to do this alone and hope that the program works. Parents recognize that they no longer have to be frustrated or overwhelmed. They feel relieved. Our 41 years of experience and our professional treatment staff is what makes all the difference. We work with you every step of the way until we reach what parents call on us for, to once and for all end a very stressful condition: bedwetting!

Nobody has to wake up in a wet bed ever again. We invite you to call us to have a clinical assessment to learn more about our program and how we can help you!

GaileGaile Nixon,
International Director and First Patient of ETC

Another Example of Misconceptions About Bed Wetting


In a recent television episode of The Doctors, bedwetting was described as the result of a medical disorder such as diabetes or other neurological conditions. Despite the apparent expertise of the participants on the show, they again displayed their lack of knowledge about the disorder. Less than 1.5% of bedwetting is the result of an underlying medical problem.

Bedwetting is the result of an inherited deep sleep disorder that leads to the breakdown in the communication between the brain and the bladder during sleep. The deep sleeping brain does not arouse to the bladders signal to empty. Without the signal from the brain to keep the bladder muscle (sphincter) closed, it opens and a wet bed results. It is that simple and that powerful.

The six-year-old little girl who had daytime “accident” is highly likely suffering form bedwetting, which frequently produces weak bladder muscles, strong, intense, bladder urgencies and involuntary urination. The child was humiliated by school officials because they believe she behaved intentionally.   Humiliating her on the bus was their way of “teaching her a lesson”. Instead, their actions represent an example of the psychological abuse that bedwetters suffer at the hands of people who do not understand the disorder.

Also see: Bed Wetting Approach of “Wait and See” Outdated

Doctor Gail Gross’s explanation regarding “potty shaming” is well intended and compassionate. However, it again misses the mark regarding the cause and treatment of bedwetting.

Check out the video “Have You Ever Had a Bedwetting Dream Turn Real?”

Author: Dr Lyle Danuloff Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and past President of the Michigan Psychological Association. Dr. Danuloff is an international expert in the field of enuresis. He is a consulting psychologist at The Enuresis Treatment Center.

Pre-Teens Still Bed Wetting


And One Day It Leads Into Adult Bedwetting

We spoke to a mom today in New York.  Although sometimes bedwetting is a difficult subject to broach with others, this mom was talking to the mother of her son’s new friend from school.  Bedwetting became the topic of conversation.  It was discovered that they had something in common:  An older child still bed wetting.  They each had an 11-year-old boy who wet the bed, and they both experienced the frustration of having to watch their boys live with it, and feeling helpless to do anything about it. They talked about all the failed attempts they each made, and expressed how they were feeling desperate if they were ever going to be able to stop bedwetting for their pre-teens. 

The second mom conveyed that her son once nervously attended a sleepover, but he decided to sleep “sitting up” on the sofa in hopes of not wetting.  It didn’t work.  Someone who continues to wet the bed sleeps too deeply no matter where or what position.  Her son was terrified when he discovered he had wet.  He turned over the sofa cushions in hopes of hiding it, but eventually the scent of the urine drew the host mom’s attention.  She asked her son about it, and in putting two and two together, the boy realized who it was and began to share about it at school.  We know that that’s a bedwetter’s worst nightmare!  She said it became the single most humiliating experience her son had ever endured, so much so that he asked to transfer to another school because he couldn’t bear to show up at school each day. 

Related article: A Bedwetting Teenager Asks “What’s Wrong With Me?”

The mom in New York who called us was catapulted into action by that story.  She told us she felt guilty she had waited to long, but that their family physician assured her it would be over by now.  He prescribed drugs in the meantime.  And although this mom was against bedwetting medication, she felt as though she had to do something—anything—for her son until he outgrew it.  

After speaking with us, and once we explained statistics – 1 in 30 teenagers still need bedwetting treatment—she naturally became fearful of the possibility that her son’s bed wetting could continue into adulthood.  While chronic bedwetting is not commonly discussed, it is more common than one might think.  As adults, it’s talked about even less so.  Adults seek out our bedwetting treatment to discover that we are the leading authority in the field, and that we have stopped bedwetting for children, teens, and adults for the past 40 years.  For the first time in their lives, they feel relief and a sense that they will do more in their lives when free of the secret they’ve been keeping.   

Presently the oldest patient in our program is 44 years of age, and interestingly, he believes he was 11 when he began to give up hope that he would stop wetting the bed.    

A recent survey of 100 adults who experience bedwetting,  78% said they were told by their doctors there was not a bedwetting solution for them.   

Don’t wait to seek help.  One day a child is 11, and before you know it, they are grown…and still waiting…and having to live with the stress and stigma and discomfort of wetting the bed.  

We invite you to call us today.

GaileGaile Nixon,
International Director and First Patient of ETC

Bedwetting and Sleep Away Camp:  A Five-Step Plan to Ensure a Comfortable Camper


Sleep away camp offers so many opportunities for children and teens, yet it can instill fear in the hearts of a child or teenager who wets the bed.

Many summer camps report that they know how to deal with bed wetting.  However, 87% of parents we surveyed reported that the camps did not have a system in place to confidentially assist the camper.

When bedwetting continues, whether it happens every night or once a week, the child is concerned about other campers discovering their secret.  Even if they don’t express it to a parent, overnight camp can be anxiety-filled for them.  Even children who are eager to leave home for sleep away camp are likely to worry constantly or even attempt to remain awake all night so as not to be discovered.

Take the following steps in order to reduce the threat of ridicule or discovery for your child or adolescent.

1.  Ask to take a few minutes to review “your” child’s situation with the head of the summer camp.  Be sure all camp counselors assigned to your child’s housing understands the situation and the sensitivity surrounding the bedwetting.

Chronic bed wetting is not intentional nor is it caused by a psychological problem. However, discovery can be devastating for the bed wetter.  That discovery can certainly cause long-term damage.

Also see – Overnight Camp: A Bed Wetting Nightmare For Children With Enuresis

2.  Discuss their procedures for dealing with youth or teen disposable nighttime diapers.  Develop a plan for the discreet disposal of the wet sheets and remaking of the bed.  In the event of a daytime accident, ask if the camp has a “signal” that your child can use to alert the staff.  Also, be sure the camp staff has a plan in place for a change of clothes.

3.  Provide wet wipes to help with odor and clean up if a shower is not possible. Again, discretion is crucial.

4.  NEVER assume that a so-called bedwetting medication will keep your child dry.  Most often they will fail to do so.  Prescribed medications may also require a severe reduction in hydration. Fluid intake is crucial during the warm weather.

5. Be sure you inform your child that you have discussed all of the above procedures.  Your camper needs to know that the camp team will understand the situation, and will be there to help if necessary.

barbaraBarbara J. Moore is a leading authority in the field of bedwetting treatment.  She has helped thousands of children and teenagers stop bedwetting since 1975.