Talking to your doctor about bedwetting

How your doctor can help

Have you ever wondered whether your child is getting the best treatment for bedwetting, or whether there was more you could do?

Your doctor can help you solve your family's bedwetting problems. Here are some of the things your doctor can do for you and your family:

  • help you and your child learn more about bedwetting
  • provide information about treatment options and ways to cope
  • recommend an option that's right for your child
  • help your child learn to use the treatment
  • keep you up to date on new research and treatment options as they become available

Time to talk to your child's doctor?

How do you know when it's time to talk to your child's doctor? Ask yourself:

  • Is bedwetting taking a toll on your family?
  • Is your family trying to cope without treatment, but finding it hard?
  • Do you feel that your child's treatment is not working as well as you would like?
  • Is your child's treatment inconvenient or disruptive for your family?
  • Is your child having side effects from the treatment?
  • Are you not sure if the treatment is being used properly?
  • Are you wondering if there are better ways to manage your child's bedwetting?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, it may be time to talk to your doctor about your child's bedwetting treatment options.

10 questions to ask your child's doctor

Once you're in the doctor's office, what questions do you need to ask? Use this list to get you started, and jot down any other questions that your family may have:

  1. What treatment options are available to help with my child's bedwetting?
  2. Which treatment option(s) do you recommend, and why?
  3. How does the treatment work?
  4. What's the proper way to use the treatment?
  5. When will the treatment start to work?
  6. How long should my child continue treatment?
  7. Are there any side effects I should watch out for, and what should I do if they happen?
  8. What should we do if my child is planning an overnight trip away from home?
  9. What should we do if my child has trouble swallowing pills?
  10. Are there any other coping techniques that our family could try?
    Other: _________________________
    Other: _________________________

Your doctor will ask you a number of questions to investigate your child's bedwetting. Before your visit, make a note of:

  • your child's wetting patterns (i.e., how frequently they wet the bed, whether they also wet during the day)
  • whether anyone else in your family was a bedwetter
  • your child's medications and other health conditions
  • the appearance of your child's urine (e.g., cloudy, unusual colours), and whether they have pain when they urinate

If you feel uncomfortable bringing up the topic of bedwetting with your doctor, you're not alone! But it's well worth it. Your doctor can help make sure your child is receiving the best treatment for their bedwetting, and this can help your whole family.

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