Summer Camp And Ongoing Bed Wetting: You Need A Plan
Summer sleep away camp offers so many opportunities for children and teens, yet it can instill fear in the hearts of an individual who wets the bed.
They worry about discovery. Even if they don’t express it, overnight camp can be anxiety-filled for them. Those eager to attend summer camps are likely to worry constantly or even attempt to remain awake all night so as not to be discovered.
Plan as much as you can to give them a true sense of security to make their stay at camp as protected and secure as possible
- Camp Policy regarding bedwetting issues:
- Ask for a detailed account of how they will be able to keep your child’s secret safe.
- Learn who will be checking the bed each morning, what time, who it will be, and how they will be disposing of wet sheets and replacement
- If you will be sending disposable diapers such as GoodNites, ask where they will be kept and how will they be discreetly disposed, so your child’s secret is safe
- Don’t assume sleeping bags, double sheets, extra underwear or rubber mattress covers, as part of their camp equipment, will protect them
- Drugs do not offer a full-proof solution for the camp duration:
- Always review side effects with your pharmacist
- Never assume medication they will keep your child dry
- Children are very active at camp and need to stay properly hydrated. The drug most prescribed for this situation is DDAVP, or known as Desmopressin, which requires are reduction of fluids during the day
- Have a back-up plan in place if the drugs fail to dehydrate them enough to keep them dry at night
- 3. What if your child has, or begins to have daytime accidents:
- Constant nighttime wetting can create daytime control issues. This will increase daytime worry for a camper.
- Review this problem with the camp director well in advance
- Determine how they plan to avoid handle the wet clothes and smell.