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ERIC launches summer campaign to help children with enuresis


Thousands of children and young people who dread summer sleepovers and holidays because they have enuresis (bedwetting) will be able to access information through a new awareness-raising campaign.

ERIC, the UK charity that supports families with childhood continence problems, is launching its “Banish the Wee Horror” campaign in June.

The campaign will increase awareness of just how difficult summer sleepovers can be for young people who have enuresis, encouraging families to contact them for support, information and resources.

Information leaflets, posters and a “viral email” will be distributed nationwide and a number of celebrities and medical experts will help boost the campaign’s profile.

“Bedwetting affects half a million UK children and teenagers every night, but the scale of the problem remains hidden, partly because people find it embarrassing to talk about,” said ERIC Director Jenny Perez. “Only one in three affected families comes forward for help”.

An awareness-raising campaign last summer saw calls to ERIC’s telephone helpline rise by a third.


Readers' comments (5)

  • please don't use this 'wee horror' campaign it is awful!! have you asked other continence advisors? we would never use it in my PCT!

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  • How can a campaign named 'Banish the Wee Horror' ever expect to help those affected; my own affected child was horrified by the title. There must be a better way of bringing attention to the problem without the humiliation this title conjures up.

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  • I work with the Enuresis Treatment Center, which does not give advise how to deal with bedwetting, we treat and end bedwetting.

    We have treated thousands of children, teenagers, and adult bedwetters, tracking all related symptoms. Our extensive research validates bedwetting as a problem caused by abnormally deep sleep, which doesn’t allow for the bedwetter’s brain and bladder to connect so they can effectively respond to each other.

    In 99% of all bedwetting cases, (based upon our research of tens of thousands of documented cases) the root cause is sleeping so deeply. It is an inherited deep-sleep disorder that results in bedwetting and more importantly...a fragmented, non-restorative, sleep.

    This compromised sleep can also result in daytime symptoms; difficulty awakening, fatigue, memory difficulty, irritability, difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can increase as a bedwetter reaches adulthood.

    There is No guaranteed that someone will outgrow bedwetting, in fact after the age of seven, it is less likely. 1 in 50 teenagers, as well as 3.2 million reported cases of adults still wet the bed. More importantly, if someone were to outgrow this problem, they are then left with a sleep disorder, along with possible challenging symptoms that can no longer be treated.

    Proper treatment is never simple. Self-treatment programs alone do not address the sleep disorder. Studies show a very high rate of bedwetting relapse with alarms, which gives another failed experience. Bladder capacity and proper muscle strength must also be included during the course of treatment, regardless of the age, to ensure all bedwetting/sleep disorder symptoms’ are completely addressed.

    Psychological counseling has not been proven to end bedwetting. Neither has hypnosis, chiropractic care or homeopathic remedies.

    Many medical professionals misinform patients when they blame a small bladder as the cause of bedwetting. It is actually a RESULT of the bedwetting. Moreover, restricting fluids causes further underdevelopment of the bladder, as well as dehydration.

    If drugs are prescribed or considered to be at all effective, consider that once the drugs are discontinued, the bedwetting will likely resume. Drugs may serve as a temporary fix for a complicated problem, and drugs clearly produce side effects, some as yet unknown.

    For 35 years, the Enuresis Treatment Center has been ending bedwetting for children, teenagers, and adults who thought there was no hope. We are able to effectively treat families all over the world all without drugs or invasive surgery.

    The internet offers a great deal of information about bedwetting, unfortunately most of it is offered from sources that do not specialize in bedwetting treatment. When researching treatment programs, we suggest parents, or an adult seeking help, ask for references and check staff credentials. This will give better insight as to success and lasting results of a bedwetting treatment program.
    Lyle Danuloff, Ph.D.

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  • Speaking from the view point of a mother who's son wets the bed, I think the banish the wee horror campaign is badly worded. My son feels scared and worried when going on scout camp/ friends houses. Could another title be given?

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  • I would advise any parents reading these comments to keep an open mind to certain statements that have been made by our american friend above. In the UK there is no charge for treatment for Enuresis and we most certainly work from an evidence based perspective. I have a very high success rate in my clinics as a Paediatric continence nurse advisor, with only a small percentage of relapse.
    I would also like to say, 'banish the wee horror' campaign is not something I would endorse.

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