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Summer – Time to Put an End to Bedwetting

Yikes it’s the end of June. School will be back in session before you know it. Parents have been busy signing their children up for all kinds of activities to fill the summer days. It’s unfortunate when you can only offer day activities and camps instead of sleepovers with friends and weeks at a camp in the woods.

Barbara Moore, CEO of the Enuresis Treatment Center, has 43 years of experience working with children and teenagers who wet the bed. Barbara advises “summer is the best time to enter your child or teen into one of our programs. We have seen how relieved they are to go back to school knowing they will soon be permanently dry and confident they will wake up in a dry bed every morning.”

Barbara has a very special offer to help motivate parents to explore her bedwetting programs and get started now.

Call us at 800.379.2331

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What Can I Do About My Child's Bedwetting

Dr. Wendy Glaberson’s April 10th, 2018 article in the Miami Herald, “What Can I Do About My Child’s Bedwetting?” is well intended, however, it is filled with myths that we at the Enuresis Treatment Center have seen all too often.

To be brief, here are Dr. Glaberson’s errors and our responses to them.

1. Enuresis most common cause is constipation leading to “dysfunctional elimination syndrome” that causes bedwetting.

ANSWER: Enuresis Treatment Center has successfully treated thousands of bedwetters throughout our forty three years of work. A very small percentage of our patients, regardless of their age, from five to fifty, also report constipation. Our treatments 97% success rate is directed toward ending the underlying deep sleep/arousal disorder that is at the heart of the problem. Patients suffering from constipation either remain so after the bedwetting is ended or no loner suffer from the problem due to the “fluid challenge” impact of our treatment program.

Our 43 years of treatment of enuresis has shown us that constipation and enuresis are not clinically related. Constipation does not cause bedwetting.

2. ADHD or anxiety are causes of enuresis.

ANSWER: Many of our patients present with one or both of the difficulties. However, we have found that hyperactivity symptoms disappear when the underlying unhealthy deep sleep is treated, resulting in a return to more healthy sleep.

Also, many of our patients, regardless of their ages, experience anxiety which does not cause the bedwetting, but instead is the psychological result of the many stresses that the bedwetting produces – fear of discovery, feeling of failure, low self-esteem.

3. Enuresis can happen in the daytime.

ANSWER: Enuresis, i.e. bedwetting occurs only at night. It is the involuntary release of urine during sleep. Children who cannot control their bladder while awake are experiencing daytime accidents usually resulting from the bladder sphincter muscle’s weakness due to its frequent opening during sleep. The bladder sphincter cannot remain closed during the day because it has not been kept closed automatically during the night. Those bladders do not develop the strength to remain closed during the day when the urge to urinate first arrives. Daytime accidents result. They are a major source of anxiety that results from bedwetting, not the cause of it.

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Go After The Real Bedwetting Problem

“First of all, I can’t pull this part to I say thank you to the whole team over there. I think it’s only those families who are in the same situation as we were What a huge relief it is for everybody really to get to this point to have a child who is not wetting the bed anymore.

I can say now that I have a happy 10 year old boy who is highly intelligent and proud and confident and happy! For me to be able to see my boy going to a birthday party and sleep over night and have no fear of wetting the bed at someone else’s house is the most important to me.

There was a time when I thought maybe we would maybe never get to this point, but we did it. It’s only because we got into this program, which i think is wonderful. I had Claudia –wonderful Claudia–all the way supporting us.

I had my moments when all the family found it difficult to keep on going and do the practice and do everything that we were asked to do, but it was worth it….more than worth it.

I would encourage all the families in the world to try this method–to go after the problem– because bedwetting is not something that will just disappear by itself. This is something we are told; that it will disappear through time. I think this is the biggest problem–that we believe in it–and we keep waiting and waiting.

I just couldn’t understand why we didn’t find the program sooner.

I’m glad we found it. It’s so logical.”

Miriam G

Sarasota, NY
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Bedwetting Shamed – Jersey Shore Bedwetting Antics – Kortni Suffers

It appears that the only bedwetting stories that make the news are the ones that involve abuse or shame. The latest story involves the People Watch article that recaps an old episode of the Jersey Shore, which is going into production with the same cast and current escapades.
Kortni, 21, one of the cast members, reportedly got “blinding blitzed” and peed the bed.

The article reports this as a bedwetting antic, but sadly, it was not something Kortni did as an antic. Interesting that People Watch is okay with focusing on this so-called antic. To millions of children, teens and adults who suffer with bedwetting – it is no prank! Bedwetting is complicated.
We have seen many adults who have experienced the same confusing, mystifying experience as Kortni – wetting the bed while intoxicated, or even after just a few drinks. Since we successfully treat more adults who wet the bed, or as the article reports, pee the bed, we have a great deal of experience regarding the real cause, as well as the real fears.
Adults ranging from age 19 to 60 have revealed to us that they feel “different.” They constantly worry about disappointing everyone and the fear of discovery. Bedwetters feel different, and suffer in silence. A 32 year old female explained that her doctor knew she had breast cancer, but did not know she wet the bed. A 19 year old male just shared with us that his lifelong dream was crushed after the Navel Academy rejected his application when they discovered he still wet the bed.

Bed wetting is burdensome, stressful, frustrating and misunderstood. It attacks the self-esteem, especially when it continues into teen years.
For years parents have told us that physicians say wetting the bed is normal and common at 10 and 11 years old. Unfortunately, also being told “don’t worry, it will go away once the hormones kick in”. So, they wait for their child to hit puberty. Outgrow it at puberty, then outgrow it before graduating from high school, then college. Then what? When the bedwetting persists, everyone feels helpless and terrified.
An alarming statistic is that 63% of our patients are teenagers. 17% are adults who repeat the same story – the broken promises that they would outgrow the bedwetting.

Our clinic’s professional staff understands that bedwetting is the result of an inherited gene which creates a sleep disorder, (an abnormal pattern), making it a more serious issue than most realize. We explain to parents and adults that the worst advice anybody can receive is to wait to “outgrow” bedwetting. The sleep disorder doesn’t go away, even if the bedwetting happens to. An untreated sleep disorder can lead to sleep apnea, even for a young adult. It then becomes an even more serious issue as there is no cure for life-threatening apnea.
A healthy, proper night’s sleep lasts about eight hours, and is divided between REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep, in which the brain is as active as it is when its owner is awake, and NREM (non-REM) sleep, a deeper sleep state that predominates in the first half of the night. That healthy, cycling sleep pattern is crucial to memory retention, and to acquiring and refining our motor skills. REM sleep plays a role in our abilities to overcome negative feelings, read other people’s emotions and solve problems. Dr. Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep, says that we are in the midst of a “silent sleep loss epidemic” that poses “the greatest public health challenge we face in the 21st century.”
People of all ages who wet the bed, do not cycle throughout REM and non-REM sleep. They get too much of the deepest sleep and not enough REM sleep. Proper sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day.

“Chronic bedwetting is complex, and everyone has his or her own set of symptoms, states Michael Stallsmith, M.A., SP., and our Director of Treatment. The older child stops wanting to talk about waking up in a wet bed, and the teenager still wetting the bed often wants to ignore it. We know from over forty years of experience that the older they get, the more it bothers them. As it continues into adulthood, we sadly see a tendency to being resigned to wet sheets, and living with bedwetting for life.
Another famous person, Chicago Bears football player, Matt Bowen, talked about wetting the bed. Even though he appeared to “outgrow” his bedwetting, we know that his untreated sleep disorder was triggered by the over-excitement and nervousness he experienced about the next day’s big game. Suddenly, it was the same experience he had as an 8-year-old boy – waking up in his on urine. He talked about the challenge of trying to avoid discovery as his teammate slept nearby.

We recently posted a case study of a 42-year-old male, who we will refer to as William. He had suffered from bedwetting since childhood. William contacted our clinic after reading about our expertise in solving adult bedwetting. He commented about the relief he felt while reading our website information, and said it made so much sense regarding the inherited and unhealthy deep sleep as the cause. William claimed he never felt as if he had a proper night’s sleep. After reviewing our website, he then knew unequivocally that his heavy, deep sleep had to be the underlying issue. It was such a relief to know that there was help for him. William’s father and grandfather both experienced bedwetting into their teen years. Sadly, William’s teenage son also suffers with bedwetting.
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Case Study of Adult Bedwetting Patient

This is a case review of a 42-year-old Caucasian male, who we will refer to as William. He was suffering from bedwetting for his entire life. Bedwetting is also known as nocturnal enuresis and primary nocturnal enuresis. William reached out to our clinic after reading about our expertise in solving adult bedwetting. He commented about his experience of relief while reading our website information, and that it made so much sense. He then knew unequivocally that his heavy, deep sleep had to be the underlying issue, not only for his years of nighttime accidents, but also for his teenage son’s bedwetting.
Family History of Bedwetting:
William’s father experienced bedwetting into his teen years. William’s grandfather also wet the bed as a teenager. His father’s father experienced teenage bedwetting as well. Now William’s son continues to experience nighttime bedwetting as a teen. He has always wet the bed - never been dry at night.
In recent years, William’s father was diagnosed with sleep apnea, and he currently wears a c-pap device, also know as a continuous positive airway pressure therapy, to help regulate breathing. This is not an uncommon diagnosis stemming from the sleep disorder with which we work. Also, not uncommon is the sleepwalking and night terrors experienced by his aunt. These are symptoms that cannot be eliminated. The only possibility is to manage these symptoms as best as somebody can. Since bedwetting was “outgrown” by his dad and aunt, the detriment it poses is that these other untreatable conditions can surface and affect quality of life.

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Teen Bed Wetting …Why Would A 13-Year-Old Wet The Bed?

“Don’t worry, they will outgrow it”. Is this something you’ve heard before? How many times has the bedwetting teen heard this? After years of waiting and being frustrated, people are saying they’ve had enough! This is why we continue to see more teenagers and adults enter our program. They don’t want to wait another year.

Your pediatrician is undoubtedly committed to your child’s health and wellbeing, yet wetting the bed is not a medical condition. So without expertise in the field of bedwetting treatment, the medical message is telling families to wait, and this can come with a price.

There may also be well-meaning family members or friends who suggest to wait. Or perhaps you, yourself, had outgrown bedwetting, and it seemed logical to wait for your child to outgrow it as well.

Yet outgrowing bedwetting is not a certainty. In fact, if it should happen, doing so may be counterproductive to one’s health. More about that in a moment.
We know what bedwetters and their families are experiencing with the day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month challenge of waiting…of having to even think about bedwetting. The costly disposable diapers, the wet sheets, the labor to clean the sheets; living with the resignation, guilt, and confusion. This causes stress, of course, and it’s actually unnecessary and can be ended. We imagine you’re feeling relieved to hear that.

We’ve heard hundreds of stories of despair over the years, and we’d like to share one here that highlights the impact of holding on to the hope that bedwetting will be outgrown.

We are focusing on teen bedwetting. Since the average of our patients is 15. So here’s the story about 13-year-old Ben.
Imagine you’re a boy of 13 who is in middle school with lots of friends, and you excel in sports. Your academic, family, and personal life are all going well. Yet you live every day with a secret–one that you have been keeping for most of your life.
There have also been limitations and consequences for you that are hidden from others. Perhaps you’ve had to turn down invitations to sleepovers and avoid camp stays, and your friends began to wonder why. Slowly they stopped inviting you, and your world got smaller and disconnected.
You had reached a point where you pleaded with your mom to stop asking the doctor for bedwetting help during your Well Visit. After all, what’s the point? All you keep hearing is “Wait, Ben…you’ll outgrow it. You will not have to wet the bed for long. One day you’ll just suddenly stop. Can’t say when, though”. Surely it’s discouraging and embarrassing to talk about your bedwetting any further.
In the back of your mind, you must be feeling helpless. Maybe you’re resigned to thinking you’ll have to live with the hardships of bedwetting for the rest of your life.
“Why can’t a doctor fix this”?
Going to bed every night is difficult knowing that when you open your eyes in the morning, you’ll feel the cold, wet bed or diaper, and you may start your day discouraged. We are guessing you’re feeling unrested as well. This is another sign of the sleep disorder at the heart of the bedwetting issue.
Let’s explore that assertion here.
With 42 years as bedwetting specialists, we clearly understand the relationship between a deep, heavy sleep pattern and bedwetting. In fact, our entire process is based on a groundbreaking study that was discovered by our founder, Barbara Moore, in 1976. This was the breakthrough that was needed to stop bed wetting for our founder, Barbara Moore’s daughter, for whom the protocol was developed.
In 1969 when a foremost sleep researcher by the name of Dr. Roger Broughton had identified what he called the non-arousable sleep disorder, he proved the pattern of sleep for a bedwetter is far different from healthy (non-bedwetting) sleep. For the healthy sleeper, the body actually goes through various sleep cycles. We cycle from light to deep (Stage 1 to Stage 4), then enter a lighter stage known as REM (dream sleep), and then we begin all over again. This cycle occurs approximately every 90-120 minutes, and this is what creates restful sleep and ensures the brain is appropriately nourished and responsive.
Such is not the case with the specific pattern of sleep that produces bedwetting. Dr. Broughton spent years studying sleep and validating why bedwetting happens. This is why our approach is based on his findings and why it’s working. It’s based in science. Our program has been highly successful since we have been treating patients from this proven perspective. When a 13-year-old like Ben falls asleep, they drop into a very deep, heavy sleep and stall rather than cycle. He remains in this very hard sleep much longer than is required, and it can rob him of the opportunity for restorative, restful sleep. It’s actually a sleep deficiency. Anytime there’s a deficit in any given situation in life, it has a negative effect. So imagine if someone is experiencing bad sleep every night of their life? Parents of a seven year old cannot image the possibility of their child experiencing teen bedwetting. Yet it’s a real concern, and it gets increasingly more detrimental as time goes on.
For tweens and teens, sleep is even more important. “One possible implication of our study is that if you lose too much sleep during adolescence, especially chronically, there may be lasting consequences in terms of the wiring of the brain,” according to investigator Chiara Cirelli, MD, PhD, associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health. “Adolescence is a sensitive period of development during which the brain changes dramatically. There is a massive remodeling of nerve circuits, with many new synapses formed and then eliminated.”
Let’s take a moment to take a closer look into the stage of REM sleep.
REM sleep important to the health of the brain for many reasons, including the creation of long-term memories.REM sleep also increases brain activity, promotes learning, and creates dreams.REM is also attributed to the fact that during this phase of sleep, your brain exercises important neural connections which are key to mental and overall well-being and health.
It’s also imperative for us to mention that not having the normal cycling of sleep stages—not accessing REM sleep regularly throughout the night and thus creating the sleep deficit–can also pose challenges during waking hours, as you can imagine. Waking up wet and tired, a bedwetter faces the day differently. Now they have to go to school and interact, and also be expected to perform to full potential. This can be quite difficult. In fact, many difficulties that a bedwetter faces—including ADD and ADHD—are not often traced back to the sleep disorder by professionals. It’s not a lack of competency; it’s a lack of proper knowledge. Therefore, challenges persist–if not increase—over time. Even if doing well academically, there is the underlying and increasingly challenging sleep issue which expresses itself more obviously over time.
Also worthy of noting: We have seen over the years that as a child continues to wet and becomes more acutely aware of their challenges and feeling “different” or even defeated, they tend to withdraw from social activities that are important to them, but are now feeling too uncomfortable to participate in.
We mentioned that outgrowing bed wetting can be counterproductive to one’s health. That’s because IF somebody happens to outgrow the bedwetting issue, the sleep disorder remains, and other symptoms can emerge over time such as sleep apnea, sleep walking, night terrors, excessive snoring, teeth grinding, etc. There can be unpleasant life-altering consequences to each of these. Changing the pattern of sleep is not only going to stop bedwetting, it’s also going to prevent any other symptoms from developing.
Our experience has shown that once the sleep pattern has been impacted and there’s normal cycling, as Dr. Broughton references, healthy sleep cycling has a chance to take root. You begin to see significant improvements, such as with disposition, focus, concentration, energy expenditure, alertness, connection, etc.
When a patient is free of detrimental sleep and achieving good sleep for the first time in their lives, positive benefits abound. Besides, it’s rewarding to see your child start their day in a dry bed and knowing you made that difference for them. And what an enormous difference they will feel!
Working 42 years as bedwetting specialists, we have helped thousands of children, tweens, teens—and yes, adults–who continue wetting the bed. We find most of our adult patients have led solitary, isolated lives hiding in shame. This is sad and unfortunate considering that nobody has to live with bedwetting. Nobody.
83% of parents of 9-16 year olds tell us that they regret following their physician’s advice to wait. They reported feeling misled and dismissed. You can see the impact that the hoping, wishing, and waiting can have. We are here to ensure that our patients experience the sleep they are born to have—need to have–and the dry bed every morning that they deserve to have.

Author: Gaile Nixon,
International Director and First Patient of ETC

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Your program stopped my 17-year-old's bedwetting. As a mom, it takes my breath away in a good way that he is free of something that has plagued him his whole life.

My son is an athlete and was offered a college scholarship last fall. We knew we had to do something about his wetting of the bed because I couldn't imagine him going to live in a college dorm and the possibility of people finding out. I couldn't stand the thought!

We just assumed he would outgrow it. And not just assuming--we were told that FOR SURE he would outgrow it; that one day a hormone would kick in and everything would be done. Can you believe it? That is actually what our physician told us for years, and we believed it. But we read online that bedwetting doesn't continue into teens, which convinced us that he would stop. And now he's 17 and faced with an incredible college opportunity that we don't want him to miss, but we felt stuck and my son felt depressed.

So he's the one that went searching for a remedy and found you. Everything you described on your site made sense. My son really felt in his gut that he found the right place to help him. Other things he saw seemed to cater to young kids, and he wasn't impressed. Besides, there was no guarantee associated with the product being sold, and that dropped them out of the running entirely.

Your program was a life-saver. Literally. At least that's how my son views it. He feels he has been given a new life, one that allows him to not only go away to college with peace of mind, but also gives him confidence to date girls. He was adamant that he wasn't going to date because he never wanted to be confronted with a moment where he would have to tell someone that he wet. So THANK YOU guys! From the bottom of our hearts! We hope this story reaches people who are feeling stuck as well. You don't have to be!
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