A Literally Shocking Experiment On Bedwetting!!

It’s not surprising that this experiment was conducted in Denmark because Danish researchers are no strangers to conducting bizarre, even unspeakable scientific studies on its citizens. For instance, in 2015 BBC News reporter Ellen Otzen (1) reported on a 1950s Danish experiment designed to create “model citizens.” Scientists extracted 21 children from their families in Greenland and raised them  in Danish foster homes! The reporter interviewed some of the subjects, who are now in their 70s. She reports on the psychological damage the experiment caused.

A recent experiment published in the Journal of Urology (2) on Danish children studied a method to cure nighttime bedwetting with transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS). Here is the conclusion researchers in Denmark made, verbatim, “The present study demonstrates no anti-enuretic effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in children with monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis without nocturnal polyuria. Nocturnal urine production and bladder capacity remained unchanged during and after treatment with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.” In other words, the children who participated in the experiment had no other problems except bedwetting. They also didn’t have multiple episodes of wetting at night. And the researchers concluded that using TENS did not stop any of the children from wetting the bed.

To be fair to Danish scientists, TENS has been evaluated as a possible treatment for many conditions including diabetic nerve pain (3) and has been studied as a camparison treatment for other conditions, including acupuncture (4). TENS is not a dangerous treatment. In fact, many studies show that is doesn’t really have an effect either way on conditions or other treatments. But it does have some therapeutic value. TENS is simply a painless electric current applied to the skin and it is commonly used by healthcare practitioners for the treatment of pain (5).

In another study of bedwetting published in the Pediatric Journal of Urology (6), researchers studied children who wet the bed and had other symptoms as well.  TENS was applied to the base of the spine 3 times a week for 6 weeks and researchers reported that bedwetting resolved in less than half (42%) of the cases. They concluded that TENS “can be an effective treatment for NMNE, but about a third of patients will need another kind of treatment.”

The best and most effective solutions to resolve childhood bedwetting are realized through a combination of education and behavior modification (7). It’s important that parents become educated on what to do and many times what to STOP doing to try to correct bedwetting. It’s also critical to objectively understand from the child’s perspective and to provide an individualized behavioral training plan that will work for their child. Every child is different and what works for one child may not work for another. This is why many parents find that bedwetting alarms are ineffective. Finally, it’s paramount to immediately respond to and take corrective actions during training. Knowing what to do at each stage of correction will help ensure a permanent end to the bedwetting. There’s an old joke about the man who brought his car to the mechanic. The mechanic lifted the hood and fixed the car with one swing of a hammer and charged the man $600. The man complained, but all you did was hit it with a hammer! And the mechanic replied, “Yes, it’s $1 for hitting it with the hammer and $599 for knowing where to hit.” He never had a problem with his car again.

Bedwetting can be tricky to fix sometimes. It’s easy to get frustrated and knowing exactly what to do and when to do it isn’t always clear. This is why Dry Kid Academy uses a research-based approach to correcting bedwetting that works for most kids in about 90 days but if you’re child takes a little longer, it’s okay because Dry Kid Academy stays with you until dryness is achieved.

 

Sources

1. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33060450

2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2017.04.082

3. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.eurheartj.a061312

4. https://doi.org/10.1161/01.STR.32.3.707

5. https://doi.org/10.1054/jpai.2003.434

6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpurol.2009.11.005

7. WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on March 22, 2016

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]