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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada
Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
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Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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My child suffers from bed wetting. Recently we bought an

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My child suffers from bed wetting. Recently we bought an alarm that goes off when he starts urinating.
I realized that it's just impossible to wake him, even when the alarm indicates that he is urinating. I have tried all kinds of methods to wake him, (shaking, yelling, calling him by his name) but nothing works. This leads me to believe that his problem is his deep sleep, rather than just bed wetting.
How can I get him to sleep better. (Natural preferred)
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 2 months ago.

Hi, Please restrict liquid (water, milk) intake from 5-6 hours before bedtime, avoid tea/coffee/chocolates and try medicine like imipramine before bedtime.

Ultimate cure will come with maturity as he grows up. Bladder muscle can be exercised also by making him interrupt peeing for few seconds several times each time he passes during waking. Better sphincter tone will help during night holding during sleep.

Good luck to him.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I know the general answer.I also know, and am convinced that my son's bedwetting issue, is caused by his ultra deep sleep. Is there anything outthere, that can cure deep sleep?
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 2 months ago.

Imipramine like drugs help lighten sleep. Tea/coffee not good for kids.

Another hormone Desmopressin helps lessen urine flow during night and available as nasal spray.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Is Imipramine not an antidepressants?
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 2 months ago.

It is but helps in bed-wetting by lightened sleep and increased bladder sphincter tone. One dose at night only, unlike in depression.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Any side effects?
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 2 months ago.

Dry mouth, light headache etc.

Have to give few weeks and then stop couple of weeks. Amitriptyline also works.