Hi, this is my first post, and i just wanted to say to people that may be looking for advice, that there is hope. I admit that I was somewhat daunted when reading the posts as the majority of the people posting seem to have faced real challenges with helping their children to achieve night time continence; and I was preparing myself mentally for the long haul.
I have an 8.5 yr old boy who had only had 3 dry nights in his life. We had followed the school nurses' self help measures (increase fluids, double void, fibre etc) to no avail. During the 9 month wait for a clinic appointment I had a chance conversation with another mother and mentioned my son's bed wetting. My friend lent me a 'Dry easy' bed wetting alarm and somewhat sceptically we thought we would 'give it a go' whilst waiting fir the appointment.
The first 3 weeks were hard work- my son was wet at least twice nightly. My husband and I spent the first month sleeping on his floor so we could get him up straight away. After the 3rd week, he was wet once a night and this was getting later and later. After about a month he stopped having accidents. We kept the alarm on for another month and finally removed it a couple of weeks ago. It was hard work, and I am absolutely amazed that something so simple worked for my son.
I am so grateful for the conversation I had with my friend. If we hadn't discussed bed wetting I am convinced that my son would still be wet, and still waiting for his appointment. I wholeheartedly recommend buying/ borrowing an alarm whilst waiting for professional help.