What is most prevalent inherited disease in humans?

Danish and Dutch researchers report that “Nocturnal enuresis, which means involuntary urination during sleep, [commonly referred to as bedwetting] is experienced by 5%–15% of school children.” These researchers also agree that “bedwetting is harmful for a child’s self-esteem.” But what’s surprising is the admission that bedwetting, “is probably the most prevalent inherited disease in humans.”

Parents commonly ask if bedwetting is inherited and the answer is a definitive, “Maybe.” Scientists have found locations on genes that are associated with bedwetting but have yet been able to put together a complete picture that links these genes directly to bedwetting. Unfortunately, since kids don’t usually die from bedwetting there hasn’t been much interest in studying it. However, with the discovery of genes that may be related to bedwetting, scientists are starting wonder if studying bedwetting in children could lead to cures for diseases in the elderly, who have bedwetting symptoms. So, while bedwetting does “run in families” a genetic cause has yet to be found. But we do know that bedwetting is a sleep disorder and that most families have someone in the family with a sleep disorder (such as sleepwalking, snoring, or even bedwetting).

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Jeremy’s Success Story..

Hello Dr. Parenti,

I just wanted to forward to you a note of our gratitude for all that you’ve done to help us get our nine year old son to become a dry kid!

Our son was wetting the bed on a nightly basis. He wore pull-ups to bed, and we would always have to remember to hide them before one of his friends came over, as he was too embarrassed to have anyone know that he still wet the bed. We had tried different techniques ourselves to help him stop wetting the bed, like waking him up to use the bathroom before we went to bed, or limiting how much liquids he drank before bed or stopping him from drinking anything after 6 pm. But of course, as you well know, none of this worked.

Over the summer, he was invited to his first sleep-over, and he didn’t want to attend because he was too embarrassed about wearing a pull-up and too nervous to try it without one. Around that time, we heard about your “Dry Kid Academy” program and decided to give it a try. You quickly responded to all of our questions and walked us through your program step by step.

At one point, about a couple of weeks into the program, our son was becoming very discouraged, and I have to admit, so was I. Even though you explained to us the time frame involved, it was still difficult to go night after night without seeing any real progress. Buy your regular texts and email messages, and follow-up phone calls if we needed them to our son (and to me) were encouraging and helped us to know that everything were were experiencing was normal and part of the process. Before long, we started to see progress – our son was starting to wake up on his own to go to the bathroom. It was just enough to keep him motivated and really want to become a dry kid. Of course there were some setbacks but you assured us that our son becoming a dry kid was certainly within reach.

We started the program around the beginning to middle of August, and by Thanksgiving, our son did it, he became a dry kid! Seeing how excited and proud he was of himself, made all of that effort worth every lost moment of sleep. We were all so proud of him, too. The timing couldn’t have been better. Our nephew was about to sleep over and when he had that first dry sleepover, it was a great moment for him.

We couldn’t have done this without your program and without your continued support. I just want to express our appreciation for all that you did to help our son make that step to becoming dry. Thank you, thank you. If anyone who wants to try your program has any doubts, I would be happy to speak to them and reassure them what a success we just experienced. We can’t thank you enough. To quote our nine year old directly, “I wouldn’t be in this situation (being dry) without Dr. Parenti.”

Our very best,

[Signed by Jeremy’s Mom]