Health Report 4/28/13 Bedwetting

April 29th, 2013

Waking up to wet sheets. It's what happens to up to seven million American kids.
Bedwetting is a normal part of the potty training process, but when it doesn't go away, the worrying begins.
Lou Baxter has tips to help kids overcome night time incontinence.

There are special concoctions - "Have one teaspoon of this mixture"
even alarms - "Install the sensor on the user" to help kids stop wetting the bed.

Penny F. Noto, DNP, CPNP, pediatric urology, "It's widespread, but it's not something a lot of people talk about."

Pediatric nurse practitioner Penny Noto says, they might work for some kids, and every year another 15-percent outgrow the problem.

Penny, "It's absolutely physiologically normal for a child to wet past the age of six."    

But if it continues after age seven, the bedwetting specialist says, there are simple things you can do that could help. First avoid drinks that contain the horrible C's.

Penny, "Things that have caffeine, carbonation, artificial colors, too much citrus or too much calcium. All those things can irritate the bladder and make a child more likely to wet."

Replace the horrible C's with water, cranberry juice or apple juice. Another 'C' to look out for is constipation.

Penny, "It is hugely under treated and under recognized."   

Noto tells us it's an issue in about 50-percent of her cases. When things get backed up

Penny, "You're pressing on the bladder."   

She recommends reducing the amount of dairy, white bread and white rice your kids eat. Penny, "Try adding things with fiber and nuts and seeds and whole grains." 

Noto says her tips won't fix the problem overnight, but they have worked for many of her patients.

Penny, "And the smiles are huge."

Helping keep families happy and sheets dry, Lou Baxter, Jet 24, Action News.

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