Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Enuresis: Our One-Year Journey That Lead to Dry Nights Every Night

This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and GoodNites* TRU-FIT* #BedwettingTips sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

Yes, You CAN With Perseverance!
As the mom of 5 kids, ages 4 to 9 years old, there was a time in my life when I had all 5 children in night time diapers! I remember our routine very clearly: bathing the kids, putting each into his or her correct size of diapers and pyjamas, a goodnight story, and then bedtime. To keep the diapers organized, I even had a special tiered wire rack which (in theory) separated the diapers according to size.

Nonetheless, there were sizing mix-ups, and my eldest child would be accidentally outfitted in a newborn diaper on occasion. Yes, a 5 year old wearing an infant diaper the size of a tiny bikini sure was a sight to behold—and what a wet mess in the morning! That’s what happens when you buy diapers that are all the same brand, and they’re not labelled clearly with the size. Yes, it was chaos: sweet, sweet chaos! 

The week our oldest child started to have dry nights, my husband and I remarked on how “empty” the diaper pail seemed each morning. The difference between 5 soaking wet diapers to 4 wet ones each night, is mega, like the time that we discovered that Darth Vader really is Luke’s father. It also was a huge savings on diapers for us, as we were spending “millions” outfitting 5 kids in diapers each month.
A Dry Night Is a Peaceful Night
When my middle child was 5 years old, he could be dry at night for months at a time, and then suddenly, transition back to wetting. The wetting could last for weeks at a time, and then he would revert back to being dry for months again. It was a very perplexing and frustrating situation for both of us, as there was no clear reason for his wetting episodes. 

We tried limiting my son’s fluids before bedtime, and waking him up numerous times during the night to use the bathroom, but neither strategy worked. We even implemented a reward system: 5 dry nights equating with a desirable toy of his choice. Still no success. In sum, the “dry night-wet night rollercoaster” lasted for one entire year!

As there was no obvious solution to the issue of night time wetting, my best trick was to put sleep pants on my son until the episode passed. Sometimes he wet the sleep pants, sometimes not – but it saved us both the anxiety—and the daily laundry that the wetting created.

At 6 years old, my son is now dry each night--but it was a long, long road. It seems that he had to grow out of the stage--and our mutual perseverance eventually paid off. I think it was important that my son had our unconditional support and understanding, which made the transition easier on him.
GoodNites TRU-FIT
Nighttime Protection for Kids 4 to 12 Years Old
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Each package of GoodNites TRU-FIT come with two pairs of age- and gender-appropriate underwear. For example, the small/medium size for boys (which we own) comes with one pair of navy pants, and a second pair of sky blue/navy striped pants. At first glance, it’s difficult to know that these are not conventional undies. For older kids this is of great importance, as it’s all about being discreet and not standing out in a negative way. Your big kids can pack these with confidence for sleepovers or overnight camp.

GoodNites TRU-FIT are very easy to use. Simply tuck the absorbent insert into the “secret compartment” at the front and rear of the underwear, and then pull up the pants so that your child is “aiming” into the insert (moms of boys will get what I mean). From the outside, they definitely look like typical underwear.

Did you know that one-in-six children between the ages of 4-12 suffer from enuresis, also known as bedwetting?

YMC Blogger, Dr. Kim Foster shares tips on how to get through your child’s bedwetting phase.  Then, YMC Blogger Kat Inokai shares her personal experience with her daughter's bedwetting and how they are winning the bedwetting war together.

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* can help you and your child get through bedwetting. GoodNites* TRU-FIT* are washable, cotton-blend real underwear that are durable and reusable for outstanding nighttime protection. They are accompanied by a disposable, absorbent insert designed to protect sheets and PJs all night.

Visit the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* website to find out about more information on bedwetting solutions and expert advice: TRU-FIT.ca!

13 comments:

  1. We are in the same boat here. My son will soon be 5 and we still put a night time pull up on him. Problem is he doesn't mind wearing them. He's just plain not ready to give them up. We are in no rush though. Tough times....and boys are just harder to break this habit.

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  2. Good nights were a life saver when my son was little.

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  3. This is so helpful. My boys are not wetting at night but are sometimes during the day still. I'm not sure the best way to help them!

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  4. These sound amazing, I have never seen these before. I need to get these for my son. Great for our summer travels too, do not want any wet hotel beds!

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  5. all 5 in diapers? holy hannah that must have been expensive. I still have one that needs help through the night too

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  6. I really wish they had of had GoodNites TRU-FIT when my son was little. The doctor said his bladder was smaller than normal and with age it would increase in size. My father said he suffered the same frustrations as a boy. It was frustrating for him as he was 8 before he had a series of dry nights. It does make a difference when one of the kids stops wearing diapers. I know your glad that soon it will just be a distant memory.

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  7. This was very informative. As a mom to three (12, 9 and new baby 6 months) it's been years since I've had to deal with this but will be in the probably to fast for my liking future ... Seriously babies grow too fast! There are so many more products now vs back then and this really helps give me an idea of products that can help should we need them with Bella :)

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  8. I like how they look like real underwear. My son is 2 and we're easing into potty training, so I will keep these in mind.

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  9. It can be so hard for both kids and parents to have wet nights. :( It's great to find a product that helps you through that transition.

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  10. It is so hard when they wake up and have disrupted sleep for any reason. I am a huge fan of sleep. I never get enough and I protect it for my kids knowing that they are bears when they don't get enough. So if this works then that's awesome and useful and really what more could you ask? Also this is a much more common problem than people realize. When our kids have children here for sleepovers I am amazed at how many still struggle with enuresis. So great job - to the brand that is helping kids and parents get through the night!

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  11. Wow! Those looks like real underwear!! We are officially out of the night diapers for now and we couldn't be more happy!

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  12. I think these are a great idea. My oldest wet the bed when he was younger but they did not have these years ago.

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  13. Every child is different and ready at different time,pull ups are the best

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