DS1 is 14 and suffers from nocturia enuresis. I have had loads of support about treatment ext but just want to ask if any has or did have a teenager who wet their bed and how you managed? DS finds it really difficult as it is starting to prevent him from being a teenager. He wears drynites which he sees as nappies and will not even consider staying at a friends. I'm worried that he will not want a girl friend while he is wearing them. He is dyslexic but very bright and creative. He is very focused and does well at school so I cant complain to much I'm really just anxious that his bedwetting will prevent him from having the social life he might want.
We tried medication but it didn't seem to work and kept giving him side effects e.g. rashes, dehydration. I should also say that its about 4-6 night a week. If he does wet the drynites are always full or leaking.
Sorry to hear you didn't have much success with the medication, it worked well for us and he was wetting similar to your DS. He was prescribed Desmomelts after seeing a specialist. Sorry not much help if they didn't work for your DS.
My DS had nocturnal eneuresis until he was about 11 years of age. Incidentally he also is dyslexic. After many years of (no offence intended) wasting our time with health visitors, GPs, peadatrician consultant at the hospital we finally ended up with an eneuresis nurse who knew exactly what she was talking about. The difference was she was an expert in the subject and the other professionals we saw were not. She was determined to help my son and did so within a matter of about 3 weeks.
It was quite some time ago so I am struggling to remember the advice she gave us. Essentially it seemed that my DS was not drinking enough water. We had to measure out water and increase the quantities and record how many times he went to the loo. We had to email a diary to her and she would report back to us recommending that we increase/decrease fluid intake. I am sorry that I can't remember but I think we did this along with an alarm. I wish I could remember more.
I completely understand your concern. It is an extremely embarrassing problem for children of all ages and young adults. If at all possible I recommend finding an eneuresis nurse in your area. There is a lot of good advice on an online eneuresis support at www.eric.org.uk/
I have actually found out over the years that this problem is far more common than people realise. I wish you and your son all the best and I hope you get this sorted.