Myths

  1. Bedwetting is normal and they will outgrow the behavior.  Answer:   Bedwetting affects an estimated 15 – 20 million people including over four million adults who continue to suffer from enuresis.  Almost two million 15-19 years old continue wetting the bed.
  2.  Medication ends bedwetting.  Answer: Drugs might be a temporary fix, but tend to be ineffective as a permanent remedy.  They will not address the real problem. Medications produce side effects.  Carefully review any medication prescribed with your pharmacist.
  3. Bedwetting is caused by an immature bladder:  Answer:  Our bladders only grow as they are holding urine night after night.  Releasing urine year after year keeps the bladders under developed and may create additional daytime symptoms such as increase need to empty the bladder during the day. 

Dr. Brazelton’s wrote an article in Family Today titled “More Than One Causes, Fix For Bedwetting.

Dr. Lyle Danuloff, on staff at The Enuresis Treatment Center – A Bedwetting Clinic,  reviewed Dr. Brazeltons’ article and remarked that it sadly contains a plethora of misunderstanding about the disorder.   Those misunderstandings often lead to failed attempts to treat it. 

1.    Bedwetting is not the result of a child’s failure to empty his/her bladder before bedtime.

2.    Limiting fluids before bedtime is not a treatment for the disorder

3.    Bedwetting is not the result of obstructive sleep apnea

Bedwetting IS the result of an inherited deep sleep disorder that interferes with the brain bladder connection during sleep. The bedwetters brain sleeps so deeply that it cannot be aroused sufficiently so that it sends the “stay closed” message to the bladder’s sphincter in response to the bladder signaling it is full.  Absent that signal, the bladder sphincter opens and bedwetting occurs.

The bladder collects all through the bedwetters sleep.  Emptying it before sleep or even after by waking the child does not further urine collection.  Each child’s bladder is unique and the “full” threshold will trigger the urge to evacuate urine.

Equally inaccurate is Dr. Brazelton’s advice to limit fluids after suppertime.  Again, Dr. Brazelton essentially implies that the cause of bedwetting is somehow related to bladder fullness.   It is not.

The Enuresis Treatment Center has treated bedwetting successfully for over 37 years.  We know that appropriately treatment for bedwetting is based upon our proven non-medical biofeedback method aimed at treating the underlying cause of the problem – a deep sleep disorder that is not in any way related to obstructive sleep apnea. 

Our method has a 97% success rate and we have successfully treated thousands of children, teens and adult all over the world.  Our patients no longer suffer from bedwetting or the underlying deep sleep disorder.  They are also free from the enormous psychological distress that bedwetting creates.

He remarked that “We welcome Dr. Brazelton to contact us and to personally tour our clinic and meet our staff.  We would be happy to share our expertise with him so that he can more fully understand bedwetting and can be an even more powerful force in the enhancement of children’s health. “