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Bedwetting treatments: Combining methods

Dr. D. Preston Smith
Author Dr. D. Preston Smith
Submitted 12-10-2007

The Potty Trainer

The traditional treatments for correcting bedwetting can be discouraging for many parents. The success rate from any single treatment option ranges from 10-75 percent. Children with significant bedwetting problems may require implementing broad approaches that address many of the different possible causes. For these reasons, many pediatric urologists believe that a combination of treatments should be pursued during the initial treatment plan.


Better results are obtained when implementing several different treatment methods at the same time. Trying a bed alarm and a reward system together will give better results than using the alarm or reward system alone. Medications are also more successful when combined with other treatments. Rewards, alarms, addressing constipation and other methods are very useful in children who do not respond to the medications alone.

Counseling is always a good addition to any treatment plan. Understanding what emotions and problems your child is experiencing will commonly help the bedwetting program you choose. Many different combinations can be tried, since the various treatment approaches work in unique ways.


You, your child, and your child’s doctor will need to team up and conquer this problem in a way that might require several approaches at the same time or over a period of time.



– Dr. D. Preston Smith


Dr. Smith is board certified and he has authored or co-authored many articles, papers, chapters, and books in Urology and Pediatric Urology. His research has been presented throughout the world. Dr. Smith’s dedication to helping children with urologic problems inspired him to establish PottyMD.