The question of whether to wait for bedwetting to stop naturally or to seek medical help is a difficult one, especially for teenagers who may be struggling with the emotional and social impact of this condition.
A user took to the forum and said “I don’t want my daughter to take medication for her bedwetting and start to think that drugs will solve everything. Am I wrong”.
The Original Poster (OP) and his wife have two kids – a fourteen-year-old son, and a nine-year-old daughter.
What Happened Next?
OP said that bedwetting is hereditary in their family. His parents, himself, his son, everyone faced the same issue, and now his daughter is facing the same. His son recently stopped, and the doctor said the girl would too when she reaches the same age.
How About Medication?
Recently, during her routine annual checkup, the doctor asked the family if they wanted to try a trial period of medication. They declined!
Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea!
They said no to the medication and returned home. Later, at night, his wife told him that it might not be such a bad idea, considering it would help their daughter and would also help them save money on goodnites!
What Happened Next?
OP told his wife that he was not willing to take the risk, because it might have devastating consequences. He just didn’t want his daughter to think that medicines or drugs are the solution to everything!
A History of Drug Abuse
Their family has a history of drug abuse. OP witnessed his cousins, uncles, and aunts struggle with drug addiction. He didn’t want the same to happen to his daughter.
It Might be Worth a Try
Even after he let his wife know about his concerns, she still thinks it’s worth a try. OP understood his wife’s point but is still a little skeptical about what is the right thing to do.
What Do Others Think?
A user said “Drugs that aid bed wetting don’t as far as I know have addictive properties. The low self-esteem from bed wetting is more likely to result in depression that she might turn to drugs to self-medicate.”
You Have An Option
“You have an option to improve your daughter’s quality of life, and you’re choosing not to help her. I’m way more concerned with her mental health and the stigma of having to wear pull ups at age 9 than her taking meds.
Does she shower every morning before school? Is she able to have sleepovers with friends? How does your daughter feel about trying medicine to help her with bedwetting? She’s 9, and she deserves to have a say in the way her medical issue is handled.”
Let her try it
“I think you are painting all meds with the same brush and if this is a potential solution, you should let her try it.
You’re setting a dangerous precedent by raising her to think the way you do. Yes some meds are addictive but not all, not most, in fact, and denying her the quality of life upgrade meds could provide is a questionable thing for a parent to do, to put it kindly.
You’re also instilling a mindset that she shouldn’t trust or try medication, which is dangerous. Are you going to say the same thing if she needs anti-depressants or medication for anxiety?”
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