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Floella Benjamin supports charity’s bed wetting campaign

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Play School presenter and Liberal Democrat Peer, Floella Benjamin, is supporting a bedwetting awareness campaign from national children’s health charity Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC).

The Dry and Mighty campaign aims to reach out to the 1 in 12 children and young people in the UK who are affected by bed wetting and encourage them or their families to contact ERIC for information and support.

A recent survey found that a third of parents think bedwetting has a large effect on childhood happiness and most believe that a child who wets the bed is very likely to be bullied as a result.

According to ERIC, thousands of children dread summer camps, sleepovers and holidays because of bed wetting.

Floella Benjamin said: “Right now across the UK, over half a million children wet the bed. So it’s not just you and your family going through these problems… But help is at hand. ERIC has over 20 years of experience in helping families manage and overcome bedwetting.”

For more information call the ERIC Helpline 0845 370 008 or visit www.eric.org.uk.

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  • Overnight Camp – The Bedwetter’s Nightmare

    Fear of discovery is one of the most anxiety-filled issues that a bedwetter has. Discovery of the problem leads to experiences of being teases, shamed, humiliated and ostracized.
    That worry is at it’s most intense for bedwetters who attend overnight summer camp. As all of the fellow campers are piling into their beds, exhausted from the day’s activities, the bedwetter climbs into his bed hoping he can stay awake all night so that the set smelly sheets he would find in the morning if he did sleep would not appear.
    Worse yet, if the child has daytime control problems (a result of constant nighttime wetting), avoidance of fellow campers is vital. Worry and anxiety mark each day and the entire camp experience is not a fun filled time; it is a sentence of suffering at the fear of discovery.
    Frequently, children who wet the bed complain that they don’t like camp and don’t want to attend. Baffled by this, parents under estimate their child’s fear and assure them that double sheets, double underwear or rubber mattress covers, as part of the bedwetter’s camp equipment will protect them. Some children are given DDAVP with the hope that they will stay dry. For the majority – their hopes are shattered.
    To the enuretic child, one discovery is the same as one hundred. The equipment or drugs offers no comfort.
    Again, we can see how the problem that the doctors say will be “outgrown”, can cause psychological havoc to it’s victims, attacking self-esteem, increasing a sense of failure, and of being “different”. Enuresis is a thief that robs children of much of their childhoods.
    Lyle Danuloff, Ph.D.
    www.nobedwetting.com

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  • I not only suffered as a child from bedwetting but the problem continued long into adulthood. No-one offered me any help other than visiting a psychiatrist and using the star award system and the use of the electronic sheet that set off an alarm to wake me if I voided in the night. It wasn't until I became a nurse and was able to read publications that I became aware of the drug Desmopressin which is taken nasally. At the age of 44 I still use my spray religiously as I have found that if I stop the bedwetting still returns. Apparently it works by stimulating the hormone that "shuts down" urine production overnight. If I had had access to this drug I would have had a much less stress filled childhood and would have been able to attend sleepovers and school holidays and would have been able to apply to join the armed forces. This problem is not taken as seriously as it should be, the consequences of being a serial bedwetter reach out into every aspect of your life, particularly if you don't "grow out of it" as I didn't.

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