5 Tips for dealing with Bedwetting in Seniors

Many adults are faced with the challenge of having to deal with bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis). Although the situation seems daunting there are some simple tips to deal with bedwetting. 

Empty bladder before bed

Make it a routine to empty the bladder before tucking in for the night. Our body has a way of balancing our urine production while we sleep in such a way that we needn’t wake up during the night to use the bathroom. As we age, this ability fades. Ensure that the pre-sleeping ritual includes a visit to the bathroom it will reduce the risk of bedwetting. 

Limit excess water intake and common diuretics before bed

Consumption of caffeine causes an increase in urine production. Java also can potentially interfere with the potency of certain medications such as antidepressants, thyroid medication and stereopsis drugs by reducing absorption into the body. Similar to alcohol, carbonated drinks, tea, energy drinks and cocoa.  Avoid these drinks before bedtime. 

Use bed protectors

Layering is the key to making cleaning easier and reducing the frequency to change.  Use a zippered, vinyl waterproof mattress cover as the first layer, that will help keep any moisture from getting on the mattress. A waterproof mattress pad follows which is a softer layer. The waterproof underpad you use after this can be reusable or disposable. When you use layers of blankets instead of a comforter, it is easier to clean if there are accidents.

Have a clean-up process

You may lay out a second set of nightwear and change of sheets. You will be able to get the elder changed and back in bed faster. When you have to deal with soiled linen: The first step is to remove the bedding, and blot the soiled area. Soak the soiled area in vinegar solution. Then cover it with baking soda. When dry, vacuum it. More help with the clean-up process coming soon. 

Commandeer help

It is not always easy to ask for help. Many step back from seeking help as they feel they might be imposing or that they would be rejected. Help can come from many places and in many forms. Family and friends are usually one of the choices. However, you don’t have to limit yourself, you may approach professionals organisations or community groups. You can delegate the tasks that you are comfortable assigning to another. The decision could be based on the expertise of the helper, degree of difficulty in executing the task, etc.

Extreme measures

Sometimes, we need to resort to extreme measures when medication fails to work. Bladder augmentation: It’s an operation that makes your bladder larger, which raises the amount of urine it can hold. Sacral nerve stimulation: It helps control an overactive bladder. The doctor puts a small device into the body that sends signals to nerves in the lower back that help control the flow of urine. Detrusor myectomy: It’s a major operation that treats an overactive bladder. The surgeon removes part or all of the muscles around your bladder to stop them from contracting at the wrong times. 

From simple ways like liquid intake, to preventive measures to taking medical assistance there is always a way to deal with bedwetting.

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