Putting an End to Bed-Wetting

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Did you know that there are about 5 million children in the United States who wet the bed?
Air Date: 8/19/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Wendy Sue Swanson, MD
Wendy Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a board certified pediatrician, mother to two young boys and the author of the Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle Mama Doc Blog, the first pediatrician-authored blog for a major children's hospital.

Dr. Swanson is interested in the intersection of media and medicine and its impact on the physician-patient relationship. Her online presence through her blog and Twitter has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of parents who would have been beyond her reach without social media.

Dr. Swanson works diligently to offer parents relevant, practical, and timely health information in accessible formats and she believes that a growing community of online physicians can empower parents and patients to make informed decisions based on science. Tackling issues from vaccines to potty training to work life balance, Dr. Swanson provides a voice of reason, not only as a pediatrician but also as a parent, helping parents gain clarity and eliminate fear when making decisions for their children. Her book, Mama Doc Medicine, published by The American Academy of Pediatrics, hit bookshelves in early 2014.

Dr. Swanson is the founder and executive director of Digital Health at Seattle Children's. She is also an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Parents magazine and is on the board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. She is a weekly medical contributor with NBC affiliate KING 5 News in Seattle and is a practicing pediatrician with The Everett Clinic. Dr. Swanson is an advocate on the topic of vaccines and was named a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion in 2012. She was named to TIME Magazine's Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
Putting an End to Bed-Wetting
Even though most children are toilet trained between the ages of two and four, some children may not be able to stay dry at night until they are even older.

It's important to understand that while you're potty training your child, every child develops at his or her own rate.

In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 percent of five-year-olds, 10 percent of seven-year-olds, and five percent of 10-year-olds may still wet the bed.

Most children wet their beds during toilet training. Even after they stay dry at night for a number of days or even weeks, they may start wetting again at night. If this happens to your child, simply go back to training pants at night and try again another time.

The problem will usually disappear as your child gets older. However, if your child reaches school age and still have problems wetting the bed, it most likely means they have never developed nighttime bladder control and you may need a different approach.

How can you help your child quit wetting the bed?

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD shares how you can put an end to bed-wetting.
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