Friday Parenting Myths: Bedwetting

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Here at Weissbluth Pediatrics, we read a lot of parenting books.  We read the good, the bad, the downright unsafe books to better inform our families and stay abreast of recent research and/or trends.  One excellent book we read recently is called “Getting To Dry” by Max Maisels, M.D., Diane Rosenbaum, Ph.D., and Barbara Keating, R.N..  In it, the authors debunk some popular bedwetting myths and here are three of them. Disclosure: I am biased towards this book because the authors are my professional colleagues and our families love seeing them.

  1. Myth:  Bedwetters are angry, guilty, or “emotionally immature”.    The reality is that bedwetters are no more likely to show psychologic disurbance  than their nonvoting peers.  Researchers, using play therapy to address the misattributed underlying psychologic issues, had no success in remitting the bedwetting.  And once children stopped bedwetting, they felt better about themselves and did not display any substitute symptoms.
  2. Myth: Bedwetters are lazy:  Reality:  Children who wet oftentimes sleep so do deeply that they do not feel, or sense, the urge to urinate.  Who would choose to sleep in a cold, wet bed?
  3. Myth:  Children wet because they come from dysfunctional families.  Although parents may feel unnecessary guilty about their child’s bedwetting, inadequate parenting rarely causes bedwetting.

We like debunking myths too and we do this at our New Parent Support Group every Thursday at 1 PM in our office-  all are welcome to attend.

 

Have a great weekend!

-Daniel Weissbluth at Weissbluth Pediatrics

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