The Best Books to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting

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Books can be a great addition to bedwetting alarm therapy to help your child stop wetting the bed. The following books can help you as a parent understand how to better treat your child. There are also many books you can read with your child to let them know they are not alone on the journey to nighttime dryness.

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Bedwetting and Accidents Aren’t Your Fault

Little ones will love Dr. Pooper and the wily rabbit. Older kids will appreciate the respectful tone and amusing illustrations. Readers will learn what really causes most accidents: a clogged colon (this was a huge factor with our daughter), which presses on and irritates the bladder.

The book urges families not wait around for children to outgrow accidents or bedwetting and explains how to make the troubles stop for good. A Q&A with Dr. Hodges at the end explains the research behind his approach. This book is an ideal companion to It’s No Accident, which explains in detail the therapies described in Bedwetting and Accidents Aren’t Your Fault.



It’s No Accident

Here’s a reality sure to shock parents: Our nation has a silent epidemic of toileting troubles. No one posts on Facebook, “My kid wet the bed again,” yet accidents, bedwetting, and urinary tract infections are rampant and on the rise.

These messy and embarrassing problems — stressful for parents and children alike — are typically dismissed (“Kids are kids”; “She’ll outgrow it”), misdiagnosed, or undertreated. That’s because most parents and many pediatricians are unaware of a research-proven fact: Virtually all childhood potty problems are caused by holding — poop, pee, or both.

What’s behind the holding? In this eye-opening book, Dr. Steve Hodges explains why millions of potty-trained kids are clogged with poop and holding pee, problems related to the Western lifestyle, pressure to toilet train too early, inadequate potty-training follow-up, and misguided school policies.

Dr. Hodges helps families recognize the subtle signs of holding and offers research-based strategies for resolving the wetting episodes and infections related to constipation. Parents and kids will cheer: No more wet undies or bedsheets!



The Mop Book

Are you tired of waiting for your child to “outgrow” bedwetting? Have you tried medication, bedwetting alarms or Miralax to no avail?

In this groundbreaking, easy-to-follow book, Wake Forest University pediatric urologist Steve Hodges, M.D., spells out the only reliable solution to bedwetting and daytime accidents: M.O.P., the Modified O’Regan Protocol. M.O.P. — named for Dr. Sean O’Regan, a pioneer in bedwetting research — is based on a simple, proven fact: bedwetting is caused by chronic, severe constipation.

Stool piles up in the rectum, pressing against the bladder; only when the rectum is cleared out on a daily basis can it shrink back to size and stop aggravating the bladder. Dr. Hodges’ published research proves daily enemas are the only effective way to clear out the rectum and stop bedwetting for good.

M.O.P. also resolves daytime pee accidents and poop accidents. The pediatric urology team at Mayo Clinic calls M.O.P. “incredibly effective.” Parents call it “life changing” and “a life saver.” “The M.O.P. Book” includes: how to give your child an enema, safety guidelines, a supply list, how to prevent a relapse, and advice on collaborating with your M.D.

The M.O.P. Book builds on Dr. Hodges’ acclaimed first book, “It’s No Accident.” If your family is worn out from your child’s struggles with accidents, you will be grateful for “The M.O.P. Book.”



Sammy the Elephant & Mr. Camel

Sammy the Elephant and Mr. Camel is a gently empowering book for children who have trouble staying dry. This encouraging story about a delightful little elephant will help children learn to overcome problems with wetting.

A comprehensive healing metaphor, it addresses feelings of insecurity, frustration, and ridicule while encouraging children to find inner strength to overcome their challenges.

A “Note to Parents” by psychologist Jane Annunziata, PsyD, further explains wetting problems and provides many practical tips to help children remain dry during the day and at night.



The Case of the Wet Bed

Max’s friend Billy Parker is tired of waking up wet, and wants to figure out how to stop his bedwetting. Max knows how. He used to wet the bed, and he is ready to share his proven plan for staying dry.



7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness

Renee Mercer will set your mind at ease. A pediatric nurse practitioner with years of success helping kids learn to stay dry at night, she has garnered a loyal following of grateful parents. Her first edition of Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness sold 60,000 copies. In her second edition she provides a positive, practical, proven approach that can end your child’s bedwetting now.



Prince Bravery & Grace

Fun-loving, athletic Prince Bravery and his spirited, golden dragon, Grace experience highflying adventure as they grow up in their colorful castle in the enchanted Kingdom of Childhood. The Prince learns to trust Grace as they practice to make the Royal Joustball team. Life appears to be carefree for the Prince…. However, the dastardly Wet Knights creep in and cause havoc as they silently attack each night.



Waking Up Dry

A positive, interactive plan for overcoming bedwetting, geared to parents of kids ages 6-13. Author Dr. Howard Bennett is both a pediatrician and a parent, and he encourages parents to read the book together with their children and develop a plan that includes behavior management techniques, calendars, contracts, and bedwetting alarms.


Getting to Dry

The Try for Dry program at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago – offer proven techniques that bring bedwetting to a happy end.

They cover the pros and cons of wetting alarms, drug therapies, biofeedback treatment, and changes in diet and sleeping schedules, and they provide friendly advice on how to replace punishment and shame with awards and praise.

With diaries, calendars, and other visual aids that help the child share responsibility for a solution, this authoritative book gets parents and children over a most frustrating hurdle.