Bedwetting (Enuresis) is a common issue for young children, with over five million kids suffering from it in the US alone. It is typically due to children not yet gaining control of their bladder and recognizing when to wake up and go to the bathroom. It is rarely talked about outside of the home and kids may experience embarrassment, a loss of self-esteem and a sense of isolation.
The issue also affects parents who are often uninformed of how to properly deal with bedwetting and may feel helpless in their desire to help their child. In addition, frustration often ensues due to frequent cleanups of late night bedwetting accidents and expensive laundry bills.
What can be done
Less than five percent of bed wetting cases are caused by specific medical situations. Usually it is a normal progressive stage that kids go through. While the most important step for parents is to remain compassionate and understanding for their child, there are methods that can be used to help children progress more efficiently through the bedwetting stage to nighttime dryness.
Star charts are a very common solution to bedwetting and are most useful for younger kids, around 5 to 8 years old. While they are not guaranteed to always cure the issue, they often do and at the least will help the child to gain more awareness of their bladder and the need to go to the bathroom at night. They are usually tried before other methods such as alarms or medication, since they are a natural and gentle method with no side effects.
While there have not been enough studies producing specific numbers on success rates, the general consensus from existing studies and general family experience is that star charts are effective and are absolutely more effective than doing nothing.
DryKid app features:
Guides parents through the chart setup process and recommends settings for their child based on their needs. Continues to update the recommendations based on progress made.
Provides multiple ways for children to succeed at night by putting the focus on strengthening beneficial actions that will lead to nighttime dryness.
Game like mechanics make it more of a compelling challenge for children.
Unique, entertaining and colorful backgrounds, artwork and characters.
Interactive chart in calendar format. Parent and child work together to set goals and then child takes ownership of the app, interacting with it daily to mark their progress.
Suggestions on how to most effectively use the chart.
Encouraging animations and messages daily and when goals are achieved.
The experience is always positive and reinforcing for the child’s self-esteem.
The iPad platform was specifically chosen for its kid friendly interface and to motivate kids who they love using them.
DryKid on the web: http://www.drykidapp.com
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