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Is it time for Vasopressin?

(5 Posts)
richmal3 Wed 23-Apr-14 21:44:55

My DD (almost 10) has never been dry at night. A few months ago I bought some Rodgers alarm pants, which seemed to help a lot at first, and she was dry almost every night after a couple of months. Then we went away for a week, and she didn't want to take the alarm as we were staying with other people and she didn't want them to know. I thought by then she might have been dry most nights in any case - in fact, she was wet every night.

We've now gone back to using the alarm, but she has a school trip coming up in a couple of months, and is saying she doesn't want to go in case she wets the bed. She's already missed one school trip, as well as numerous brownie sleepover events, and I really would like her to feel able to go this time.

I'm wondering if we should go to the GP and ask for vaso/desmopressin (can you get it from GP or does it have to come via enuresis clinic?). We were offered this at the enuresis clinic a while back but I really didn't like the idea of it, particularly how it can be dangerous if you drink too much around the time you take it. But now I'm at my wits end! I'd love to hear from other people who've had similar experiences and tried vasopressin, particularly about taking it occasionally for school trips etc rather than as a regular thing. Does it work? I think my DD would only consider it if she felt absolutely 100% sure she wouldn't wet the bed.

LovelyBath Fri 26-Feb-16 10:29:35

Hi I'm in a similar situation with my ten year old, so just bumping this in case anyone has any info or experience with this.

RainbowInACloud Fri 26-Feb-16 12:02:57

Hi, yes you should talk to your GP about tips and medication and I'm sure there's a lot they can do to help. Medication is recommended (desmopressin) for children over 7 especially if short term control is needed for a trip away. Also need to rule out causes such as constipation/ infection etc.

LovelyBath Fri 26-Feb-16 16:06:50

OK thanks. I wonder if they recommend we try other options first like alarms etc?

neolara Fri 26-Feb-16 23:51:46

It worked for my dc but you need to start it a couple of weeks before you need it to give you time to find the correct dose.

After stopping taking desmopressin, my dc was dry for days at a time. It seemed to reset his system somehow. Prior he was wet one night in 3.

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