Don’t …Use Alarms
Studies indicate deep sleepers rarely hear
smoke detectors and can sleep through fire/burglar alarms.
Alarms alone are ineffective as the key component for ending
bedwetting. Because the bedwetter is in such a deep sleep,
they cannot be expected to hear anything.
Don’t… Use Drugs
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,
less than 1% of bedwetting cases are caused by a medical problem.
Drugs are merely a temporary fix for a complicated problem,
and, of course, have side effects. Therefore, why would drugs
be prescribed as often as they are? Drugs do not get to the
core of the problem – the sleep disorder. Additionally,
drugs cannot increase the size of an underdeveloped bladder.
Disposable diapers, (Pull-Ups and Goodnights),
simply prolong a child’s suffering from bedwetting.
They serve to keep the sheets dry, yes, but the child remains
wet all night long. Wearing diapers does not address the underlying
and most important issue: the deep sleep disorder that causes
the bedwetting. Most importantly, an older child wearing diapers
tends to feel ashamed, and they are at risk for being humiliated
if “discovered” at sleepovers.
Scold for Wet or Dry Nights
The child is not wetting the bed on purpose.
It is unfair to reward or scold for something that is totally
out of the child’s control. The bedwetter is in the
same deep sleep as a sleep walker, or a person with sleep
apnea. Imagine being blamed for something that you can’t
Don’t …Wait To
Advice to wait for your child to outgrow
bedwetting is the worst advice you can get. While the child
waits, they continue to feel different, burdened by shame
and secrecy. Bedwetters can suffer with emotional pain and
damage to self-esteem, especially when it continues well into
adulthood. Most importantly, if a child were to outgrow bedwetting,
then they are left with a sleep disorder that can no longer
be changed. Symptoms of the sleep disorder will continue to
manifest into adulthood, such as sleep apnea, sleep walking,
and not feeling rested.
And that’s not all…
– (tributyl tin) This environmental
pollutant, (found in disposable diapers), which has been in
headlines for months because of its extremely high toxicity,
has a hormone-like effect. It is absorbed through the skin,
and the smallest concentrations of TBT can damage people’s
immune systems and impair their hormonal system.
– In the US alone, 20 BILLION disposables
are dumped into landfills each year! It takes about 500 years
to decompose-only if exposed to air and sun. Since most diapers
are wound up tight and put in garbage bags and then capped
at the landfills, the diapers, in essence, mummify. 30% of
the disposables are not compostable. Disposables take up one
third of our landfills, making them number three behind newspapers
and beverages containers.
Click here to listen as Director Gaile Nixon discusses our treatment protocol during a national radio talk show interview.
Gaile talks about her personal experience with bedwetting, and how that experience helps her understand the challenges that bedwetters face daily.