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Coping with Bedwetting

Coping with Bedwetting

Coping with Bedwetting

OK, this whole primary nocturnal enuresis thing has been a barrel of monkeys so far, but frankly, everyone's patience is wearing thin. I never thought it would last so long. It's definitely become more of a marathon than a sprint, and the novelty has worn off for all of us. My son's tired of the routine - wake up, clean up, strip the bed. And I'm wondering when he'll reach the magical age where he'll stay dry. We've got the routine down pat - but just like many things in life, the routine is old.

With Bigger Kids Comes a Bigger Problem

What happens when your child outgrows the biggest size of Good Nites at the grocery store, but isn't big enough for adult bedwetting products like Depends? Well, being an online savvy mom, of course you start looking online - that's what you do. Of couse, just like with any internet purchase, you've got a lot of questions the first time around. How do I find a reliable bedwetting supply store? How do I know I'm ordering the right product? What if it doesn't work? What if it doesn't fit? How many should I get? Is your head swimming yet?

Without a whole lot of searching, I found a site selling Tranquility brand products. You buy them by the case - great, because I don't want to have to do this too often. They're supposed to be much more absorbent than the pull-ups you can get at a store. They've got to really beat the heck out of the store brands we've tried, which were a complete waste of money. They even offer a free trial - you just pick the size you want and ask for a sample. Our sample came within just a couple of days - very speedy!

We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Are you smart enough to learn from my mistake? Read on! The only trick is - and I messed this up big time - actually measuring your child before you order. It sounds so easy, so simple - right? In fact, it sounds so easy that you'll be tempted to skip this step. After all, you're a mom; you know your child, right? I know his weight, but had no clue about his waist size. Took a guess (guessed wrong!) and gave it a shot. Also, you've got to be careful to order pull-ups (as opposed to diapers) if that's what you want. Since I was on a roll with messing the whole thing up, I ordered a sample diaper - a way too small sample diaper, in fact.

How'd it go? Well, how do you think it went? How would you like to get a potentially very exciting package in the mail, only to find out it was a diaper sample? Then to have your mom insist it'll fit, but it turns out to be way too small? Then to try it on, trusting that your mom would never ask you to do something ridiculous - but learn otherwise?

My son is finally speaking to me again after this disaster. We can laugh about it now... maybe.

So, the hunt continues. We'll definitely give it another shot, and I'll do my best to ensure there's no operator error this time around. I'll use an actual measuring tape - no guesstimating. I'll double-check the order. And we may have found the perfect product. Next up, another round of bedwetting alarms!

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Sue LaPointe is the owner ofBedWettingHelpforMoms.com – a site aimed at encouraging, supporting, and educating parents of bedwetters. Request your copy of the free report "Got a Bedwetter? Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid."

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Tools to Deal Bedwetting Dilemma

Tools to Deal Bedwetting Dilemma

Tools to Deal Bedwetting Dilemma

If your family is dealing with a bed wetter beyond 3 or 4 years of age, then you know how frustrating, intrusive and embarrassing this problem can be. At our house we have lost countless hours of sleep dealing with nocturnal accidents. Even so, I am glad to be a parent dealing with this problem today rather than 50 years ago. Through my son's struggles with bedwetting, my own anxiety, and research, I have been able to find solutions to deal with a lot of the related issues.

Cover All Your Bases

My first bit of wisdom is to be prepared. Use a rubber sheet on any bed that your child might sleep in. Also, there are both girl pull ups and boy pull ups in larger sizes that can get everybody through the night with a minimal loss of sleep. Of course, you will need to take your child's feelings into consideration. If your 8 year old feels that a pull up diaper is just for babies, you really need to sort that out.

Make sure she or he understands that bedwetting is usually hereditary, and the result of sleeping very soundly. Your child shouldn't think it is something he or she did wrong. In fact, pull up diapers can sometimes provide a great solution to the whole bedwetting issue. My son sleeps like a rock to this day. So he discreetly packs a pull up diaper when he goes on overnights with friends, or to my Dad's house. No one else is aware of it, but if he didn't have that insurance, I doubt he would have the confidence or desire to ever spend the night away from home.

There are brands of pull up diapers that let the child feel a bit of wetness to help them get used to the sensation, and possibly to wake up. So you can even use this as a training tool. My favorite thing about items like pull up diapers and waterproof mattresses is that I don't become an angry and sleep deprived monster.

Plan for Success

I know, we are never supposed to make our kids feel bad for having accidents, but when I've been woken up four times in one week, my patience is stretched to a limit. For me, I know that if I plan for accidents to happen I will have less grief and anger. But I also know that I need to keep my eye on long-range solutions, and just remember that he will eventually out grow this.

Because we continue to deal with the incontinence problem, I have become very proactive in seeking out answers and products to help me deal with it. The answer will be different with every child. While my son seems to do all right with just the Goodnites at this point, I know that if he starts to rebel against wearing the pull up products, we will probably try a bed wet alarm or sleep dry alarm. My ultimate words of wisdom to you are to take advantage of the tools, resources, and products that are available to help you and your child with the bedwetting situation. Being prepared will help you to keep a cool head, and having the right tools on hand will help minimize your child's reaction to bedwetting occurrences.

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Bedwetting Tips: What about Traveling?

Bedwetting Tips: What about Traveling?

Bedwetting Tips: What about Traveling?

You've been around the block a few times with this whole enuresis thing if your child has been at it for a few years. You've got the drill down cold - taking care of the laundry, protecting your child's skin, protecting your mattress, steering this sleepy child to the bathroom for one last pee. That is, you've got the drill down cold... at home. What about if you had to take this show on the road? The very thought might strike fear in your heart. You might be tempted to stay home until your child either outgrows this challenge - or leaves home and can take care of it without you.

You could do that, but your family would really miss out on some incredible memories - some time together that's impossible to replace if you let it slip past you.

With a few handy tips, you can take the show on the road - and not leave a path of pee destruction in your wake. It just takes some advanced planning, some advice from someone who's traveled that road before you. Fasten your seatbelts, and let's go!

**Plan ahead! If you're staying at a hotel, reserve a roll-away bed for your room. Many hotels provide a roll-away for free - some charge a nominal fee. You won't have to worry about ruining a full-sized or (gasp!) king-sized mattress. You'll also enjoy a more peaceful vacation, because the kids won't spend the whole time fighting about who's got to share a bed with the one who wets. Of course, they'll find tons of other things to fight about... but at least not this issue.

**Make a quick stop before you settle in - or even better, shop before you leave home. Pick up a good plastic mattress cover and remake the bed before you even unpack. Your roll-away bed is probably a twin size, or a little smaller - so a twin mattress cover will do nicely. You can probably pick one up for $5 or less, but you'll get a hundred times that much back in peace of mind. You'll know that even if your child floods the bed, the mattress will be protected - and you won't end up paying for damage. Same thing if you're visiting relatives. The last thing you'd want to do is damage their mattress. This little piece of plastic will put everyone's mind at ease.

**If your child will be sleeping in a sleeping bag, you may have some luck with a waterproof sleeping bag liner. You can get a set of four for less than $20 that are made of mylar (like the balloon). Slip one into a sleeping bag, and even if your child has an accident, the sleeping bag and everything around it will stay dry. Just wash the liner and lay it out to dry the next morning.

**Don't forget your first line of defense - protective underwear (GoodNites or some other brand of pull-ups). Nobody even has to know your child is wearing pull-ups. Just have him or her wear boxers or shorts on top of them, and maybe some sweatpants if it's cold. This allows for protection and dignity all wrapped up in one clever tip.

**Even if you don't usually do this at home, during a trip away from home, be sure to have your child visit the bathroom several times before bedtime. Paired with the benefit of sleeping in a strange place (which somehow magically seems to help kids stay dry - does this mean we should just move every other night or so?!), you may get really lucky. They may fight and fuss, but it's a sure bet you'll hear tinkling and flushing - in spite of all the protests of, "I just went!"

Will these tips make your trip around the world or just to Grandma's a piece of cake? Probably not - half the thrill of travel is all the unexpected things that happen, after all. Traveling with kids is always an adventure. But it's worth it. You'll be amazed at how your family will talk about these treks long after you get back home. You may find that some of your happiest memories as a family were about your time on the road. Come on! Be brave. Be prepared. And have a wonderful trip. Send a postcard!

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Bedwetting: The Great Diaper Dependency Experiment

Bedwetting: The Great Diaper Dependency Experiment

Bedwetting: The Great Diaper Dependency Experiment

Some of the parenting websites I read regularly have recently featured discussions about something called diaper dependency.

Now I've got to tell you right out - this isn't a term I ever even dreamt would be in my vocabulary when I became a mom. Chalk it up to being just one more of the surprising things about being a parent - right? Basically, the diaper dependency theory says that kids who wet the bed, if they wear pull-ups or diapers (nappies to our friends across the pond), wet because they know they can. Their little minds figure dryness isn't worth a middle of the night trip to the loo, and since they're protected anyway... the theory says.

This idea makes me nervous. At the root, it sounds like it hints that after a while, enuretic kids only wet the bed from laziness, apathy, or choice. We are so not going there! For anyone who's got a child with enuresis, we know this is a crazy stance to take. Sure, on any given day, my child can be as lazy as a log, headache-inducingly apathetic, and even cantankerous - but so can every other child I've ever seen. But there's a big difference between not wanting to clean his room, do the dishes, or get all his homework done before knocking off for the day, and simply deciding, "What the hay... the bathroom's just not convenient enough, so I'll wet my bed."

The urge to be lazy is simply not an enticing enough tradeoff for waking up in a wet bed.

But wait! Let's not throw this baby out with the bathwater. If you think back to the days of potty-training your little ones, there's a parallel to the diaper dependency theory. Those super-absorbent pull-ups made it pretty hard for the kids to know whether they'd had an accident. In the staying dry process, the day comes when you've got to chuck the pull-ups and try flying without a net. I started wondering whether it could it be the same thing with sleepwetting - maybe if he could feel it happening, he could stop.

So, it was time to try an experiment. As he reached the age of being between pull-up sizes (too small for adult sizes; too big for kid sizes), it might be time for a break.

The idea - see what happens if he went without pull-ups for a few days.

It wasn't really a big deal to try this for a few days:
* My laundry routine was already in full gear, so a few more sets of sheets wouldn't even be noticeable.
* His mattress was fully protected, so it didn't do any harm.
* He's already a very responsible kid, and takes care of his own bathing and clean-up.
* I also made a solemn promise not to complain if it didn't work.

Who knows - stranger things have happened, right? Maybe this would be the thing that works. Some kids just reach a certain age and their enuresis troubles disappear. Could this be the perfect storm situation that leads to dry nights?

Nope. It didn't work at all.

No harm done, and nobody was any worse for the wear. And we learned some things - first of all that the whole diaper dependency business is just plain silly. The experiment also led us to try again with a bedwetting alarm (we tried a couple several years ago, but found that either the sensor died quickly, or the alarm was unreliable and hard to shut off). And we found some other sources for pull-ups that'll work better than the ones at the grocery store.

What was his take on all of this?

This is probably the best part. It's been no bed of roses for him, but it does seem to have made him a more compassionate kid. When he knows another kid has medical problems or challenges, he's always kind and sensitive to their feelings. He's also gotten pretty verbal about his bedwetting problem - and, thankfully, calls me on it if I ever complain or say something to make him feel bad about it. (Yes, I'm still learning to master my own mouth, and don't always do it right.)

And get this - he's even written his own book about a kid with bedwetting challenges. It'll be published soon on my site, and we're hoping it will help other kids who have the same struggles. This is his first attempt to help other bedwetting kids, and gives me just one more reason to be a very proud mom.

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Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Welcome to the club!

It's probably not a club you ever dreamt of joining, but you're in it anyway. The good news is that chances are, your membership will be short-term. Most kids start staying dry before starting school. Each year after that, the percentage of bedwetters decreases even more. There aren't very many kids who go off to college needing diapers - it does happen, but it's really pretty rare.

So what's up with bedwetting?

What's the cause? In other words, why you? Why your child? First of all, there are two types of bedwetting. The first is Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE). This describes children who have never stayed dry at night, or at least, never on a regular basis. The second type is Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis. This describes kids who used to stay dry, but who have recently started wetting the bed. The causes for each type are different, and so are the remedies and treatments.

Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

Generally, primary enuresis is a problem passed down from one generation to the next. It's more common in boys, but happens to girls, too. Even if your whole family is mum on the subject, you can bet some of the nests in the family tree throughout the years were floating! You might not have a line of relatives clamoring to share their experiences, but you can know they're out there. If the former bedwetters in your family are willing to fess up, it could go a long way toward helping your child's optimism. After all, if Uncle Joe used to wet the bed, and is now married, employed, and dry, there's hope!

Theories abound about the causes of primary nocturnal enuresis. Small bladder. Immature bladder. Deep sleeper. Brief REM cycle. Too many fluids before bedtime. Too little fluids during the day. Too much caffeine. The list is endless.

The list of what doesn't cause bedwetting is just as long. Enuresis isn't caused by emotional problems, how you potty trained your child, a serious medical disorder, or your child's laziness or apathy.

Enuresis of either type merits a visit to your pediatrician. But chances are you'll hear that it's a problem your child will outgrow, that it's a hereditary problem, and that you should try different remedies to see if any are helpful.

Some families find bedwetting alarms helpful. For others, it's just a really loud interruption of a good night's sleep. There are medications, including pills and nasal sprays that can help in some cases. Again, they work for some kids, sometimes. Same thing with homeopathic or herbal bedwetting remedies, hypnosis, and biofeedback. They're all worth a try. Just do your research first, and follow the directions exactly.

Secondary Enuresis

This is the type of bedwetting that catches you by surprise. Your child's been dry for years, when all of a sudden, you're getting that midnight knock on the door. "Mommy, I wet the bed." What the heck is going on?

Good question - and it's one your pediatrician may be able to help you with. It's important to rule out bladder and urinary tract infections. If something simple like this is causing your child to wet the bed, you're really in luck! A few days on an antibiotic, and you're out of the bedwetting club!

If there's no evidence of infection, take a look at your family's recent circumstances. Have you moved, had a new baby, lost a relative, changed schools, or had something else stressful happen? Some children have trouble processing these events, and their worries intrude on their sleep enough to bring on a cycle of bedwetting. Provide the support your child needs to get through the stressful time, and the bedwetting will end sooner than later.

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Bedwetting Tips: Bed Wetting Alarm

Bedwetting Tips: Bed Wetting Alarm

Bedwetting Tips: Bed Wetting Alarm

My friend's six-year-old son still can't seem to get through the week without at least 2 bed wetting incidents. She's got rubber sheets on the bed, and he wears pull-ups, but these do nothing to actually stop the problem. She figures part of it is her fault. She intends to rouse him every night to use the toilet, but it's such a struggle to wake him up! They say that being a sound sleeper is a major factor in bed wetting at this age, and I believe it. Her story isn't much different from mine.

I've been looking for ideas and have tried reward charts, nighttime reminders (listen for your bladder!), and occasionally waking him up before I go to bed.

But I've gotten to the point where I think something more dramatic is called for.

I've been to the doctor and am pretty certain that it's nothing medically related. Besides, they say it's hereditary and some of our relatives wet the bed, too. Well, I don't want these boys to have to deal with this when they're twelve. They're about the age when they start to get invited on overnights, and this is an issue!

So I'm on the search for bet wetting alarms, and there is a huge discrepancy in price.

I've found cheap $20 dollar devices that clip at the shoulder, and a cord runs down to the pants. I also found underpants with an invisible thread that only require a clip on the pants themselves. I really liked this version because the bed wet alarm was a remote device, so he can't turn it off and go back to sleep. Of course, that one goes for over $100.

I also read about some that require the child to attach something like a mini-pad, but that just seems cumbersome and downright cruel when the poor little guy is already embarrassed about bedwetting. Then there is a Malem bed wetting alarm that can both sound and vibrate at the first sign of wetness. Decisions, decisions...

I think I feel better just taking any sort of action right now.

I read a statistic that said if nothing is done 85% of children will still be wetting the bed a year from now. One article I read said that we will need to use the bed wet alarm for 12 weeks for it to really work. At first I thought, "12 weeks- three whole months!" but then I got real and decided that 12 weeks is a whole lot better than a year, or 6 years.

So my strategy is to keep doing some of the things we have been doing. I'll remind him nightly to "listen to his bladder," we may start another reward chart, and we will add in the bet wetting alarm. I'm also trying to prepare myself mentally for the fact that this won't be an overnight cure. My nights of changing sheets and comforting my wet and shivering son are not yet over. But we're taking decisive action, and I think that will make both of us feel better.

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Bedwetting Alarms Get Your Child On-Board

Bedwetting Alarms Get Your Child On-Board

Bedwetting Alarms Get Your Child On-Board

When your child has a bedwetting problem, as a parent, you'll try pretty much anything if it looks like it might help. In fact, you'll try most things a couple of times! We tried a bedwetting alarm a few years back, but it went kaput before it had any effect (goes to show you get what you pay for). Now that he's older, and we're able to get a better quality alarm (the Malem Ultimate I), we're up for the challenge again.

Overall, I think there's a lot of potential. I've heard from other moms who've had great success with different models. Some have more bells and whistles than others (literally!), but they all have the same basic idea - when it gets wet, it wakes the bedwetter up so they can run to the bathroom.

Funny side note: when they've reported the happy results to their pediatricians, some docs have said it was just a coincidence - that the kid's bladder had simply matured by that time.

The alarm worked great for a few nights - a couple were actually dry, and another was almost dry. Then we went on vacation! Don't know about you, but everything from diet to excercise goes out the window when we're away from home. This was no exception!

Coming back home, we've had a challenge getting him back 'on board' with the alarm. He says he can't sleep with it going off so often! (of course not! That's kind of the whole point, right?)

We all face this problem in some way: getting your eneuretic child to get with the program, to cooperate - when it's not fun.

It's no different from getting a kid to eat veggies, brush teeth, or write thank-you notes for birthday presents. To be honest, it's not much different with adults!

Think about it - why do you choose to go to work every day (even though there are a million things you'd rather do)? Why do you choose to obey speed limits when you drive? (um... sort of!) Why do you floss your teeth? (Gosh, don't you hate it when your dentist asks you whether you've been flossing? You're so busted either way, right?!)

We do things we don't particularly want to do all the time. Why? Because the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term annoyance.

So, whether your child balks at wearing pull-ups or diapers, or wearing a bedwetting alarm, or keeping up with good hygiene to avoid a nasty rash, we're in the same boat!

Some tips:
- As always, keep your cool. Once a kid senses a power struggle, you're dead meat! Try to keep it casual. Keep your voice calm, even quieter than you normally speak.
- Find a great bribe! What really gets your child excited? Get creative about how you can create a reward for cooperation. Don't just offer something that sounds good to you - make sure it's enticing to your child.
- Praise efforts, not just results. So, if he wears the alarm - but somehow sleeps through it and soaks the bed, I'll say, "Great job on wearing the alarm! Keep it up, and it'll start really helping you stay dry."

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Elderly Homeless People Face Harsher Age-Related Conditions Than Elderly People Who Live In Homes

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Joseph

Homelessness comes with its own share of tremendous challenges and hardships, but those problems become even greater when they are faced by the elderly. According to a report published in The Gerontologist, elderly people who live on the streets tend to endure harsher age-related illnesses than people who reside in homes. Such findings should come as no surprise but further underscore the serious problems posed by homelessness and poverty and serve as a reminder that it is important to be mindful of the needy and downtrodden.

Physicians and scientists from the University of California, Stony Brook University and the Veterans Administration investigated the prevalence of geriatric conditions in older homeless adults and to learn whether the problems endured by these people differed across living environments.

To find the answer, the research team interviewed 350 homeless adults in Oakland, California. The respondents whom were age 50 years and older resided in one of four living arrangements:

  • unsheltered locations (162 people)
  • multiple locations including shelters and hotels (88 people)
  • intermittently with family/friends (57 people)
  • rental housing (43 people)

The research team, led by Dr. Rebecca Brown of the University of California, used a 6-month follow back residential calendar to assess the interviewees living conditions during the previous 6 months.

Sadly, Brown et al learned that 38.7% of the interviewees had problems performing even one task of daily living. Other interviewees (25.8 %) told the researchers that they suffered from cognitive impairments. Other findings include:

  • 33.7% of interviewees suffered falls during the past 6 months
  • 45.1% had impaired vision
  • 48.0% of those interviewed screened positive for urinary incontinence

Brown et al determined that the prevalence geriatric conditions did not differ significantly across living environments.

When I read about the findings, I was a bit taken back that people 50 years of age would be included in a geriatric study. But when I thought about how physical and emotional stress have a tendency to speed up the aging process, it began to make sense.

Brown and her colleagues noted that geriatric conditions was common among the interviewees and that "the prevalence of these conditions was higher than that seen in housed adults 20 years older".

Environmental stressors e.g. exposure to extreme cold or heat, lack of sanitation, and improper diet will take a tremendous toll on the human body.

Imagine how physically damaging this will be if a person must endure such harsh conditions for months and even years on end?

It brings to mind the apostle Paul's words in Romans 8:35 when he asked "Who shall separate us from the love of God? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?" because in this way so many people suffer homelessness because of poverty. There are people who become homeless through bad choices, but others are turned out because of a lack of money to pay bills, or because hospitals are unable to keep them long term (such is the case with the mentally ill).

We should be mindful of those around us, and help in whatever ways are open to us. Brown et al wrote that services are needed to address the problems of the geriatric population across varied living environments.

It is not possible to completely eliminate poverty and homelessness from the face of the earth, but we can do our part to help ease the suffering of others. That help can by offering food whenever we can, giving donations at church that help care for the homeless, and extending a gentle hand when we see someone in trouble.

We have to do this because Jesus asks us to help others and we do this to be like Him. We do this sharing the same hope that Paul had in Romans 8:38-39 saying: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

That is the hope of everyone who believes in the Son of God.

 

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Article Reference

Brown RT, Hemati K, Riley ED, Lee CT, Ponath, C, Tieu, L, Guzman, D, Kushel MB. Geriatric Conditions in a Population-Based Sample of Older Homeless Adults. Gerontologist. 2016 doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw011

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Women's Urinary Incontinence - More Than One Cause

Women's Urinary Incontinence - More Than One Cause

Women's Urinary Incontinence - More Than One Cause
By Elizabeth Houser, M.D.and Stephanie Riley Hahn

"Why am I leaking urine?"

This is one of the most common questions asked by women who experience urinary leakage. The answer to this question is not as simple or straightforward as it might seem, since there can be multiple causes for this condition. If you are leaking urine, then you may be looking for more than one culprit. This article outlines possible risk factors for women's urinary incontinence.

Risk Factors for Women's Urinary Incontinence

Unfortunately, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from urine leakage. Part of the reason for this statistic is that pregnancy and childbirth are major contributors to urinary incontinence. Childbirth, especially vaginal deliveries, can stretch and tear the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic region, weakening the pelvic floor muscles and causing urine leakage.

Other risk factors that can contribute to urinary incontinence include:

Weight Gain and Obesity: Every pound puts downward pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles

Aging: Muscles in the pelvic floor tend to sag, just like muscles everywhere else in the body

Smoking and Chronic Cough: Nicotine can irritate the bladder in some women while chronic coughing puts stress on the bladder, causing involuntary leakage

Menopause: Decreased levels of estrogen linked to menopause can lead to thinning of the urethral and vaginal walls, which in turn offer less support for the bladder

Medication: Certain classes of medicine, such as broncho-dilators and diuretics, can contribute to urine leakage

Urinary Tract Infections: Chronic infections in the bladder or urinary tract can eventually lead to urinary incontinence

Other causes include pelvic organ prolapse, dietary issues, and bladder stones. The key is to realize that more than one factor may be contributing to your urine leakage issues.

That is why it is important to check with your healthcare provider as soon as you experience any symptoms of urinary incontinence. The earlier your doctor can diagnose your condition, the more easily your symptoms can be treated and cured. In addition, early detection means that conservative measures, such as physical therapy and lifestyle changes, are more effective.

Diseases That Contribute to Urinary Incontinence

In addition to the factors listed above, certain diseases can cause urinary incontinence. While this is more prevalent in the elderly or the ill, you are more likely to suffer urine leakage if you have or have had:

- Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease

- diabetes

- multiple sclerosis

- stroke

- pelvic floor or spinal cord injuries

- bladder cancer

As always, knowledge is power, and the more knowledge you have about your condition the more you can contribute to your own health and well-being. To be your own best health advocate, especially when it comes to matters "down there," take two important steps:

1. Contact your healthcare provider to get an accurate diagnosis and explore your treatment options.

2. Learn are much as you can about your condition, especially about the different types of urinary incontinence

Good luck and remember that urinary incontinence is neither inevitable nor untreatable!

Urologist Dr. Elizabeth Houser and physical therapist Stephanie Hahn are two health professionals on a mission to educate women about pelvic floor health. They help women with all kinds of urinary incontinence, as well as other pelvic floor issues including pelvic organ prolapse, decreased sexual sensation, and pelvic floor weakness. Find helpful tips and information for dealing with and curing these conditions at http://www.wetmatters.com or by downloading their free "What's Up Down There?" ebook at http://www.wetmatters.com/ebook.

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Kidney Stones – Pain And Prevention.

Kidney Stones – Pain And Prevention.
By Pieternel Van Giersbergen

Working as an emergency room RN, I have seen many people
suffering from kidney stones. About 80% are men, why we don’t
know. They have lower abdominal pain or flank pain on one side.
The pain they feel is intense. 

We first ask them for a urine sample. Using a dip stick the
nurse typically finds blood in the urine, often with hardly any
infection (though there may well be infection, and often the
presence of ketones, a sign of dehydration). The patient is then
given intravenous fluids (salt water) to help flush the kidneys,
and after the doctor’s formal diagnosis, pain medication also.
The aim of the pain medication is to give the patient a rest as
the fluids help the stones pass through less painfully. 

A blood test and cat scan is often ordered for further
confirmation. The scan can show both the size and location of
the stone. If there is no sign of infection, the patients go
home with pain medication and instructions to increase their
water intake. They are also advised to use a strainer to catch
and save the kidney stone, which can then be sent for analysis.
Certain foods may then be proscribed to diminish the likelihood
that more kidney stones are produced.

From many patients I have heard what works best for kidney
stones. Their advice is first, and above all, to drink lots of
water. If you do not drink a lot of water your urine becomes
more concentrated, making you more prone to develop new kidney
stones. Here are some other tried-and-true tips:

o Avoid stress (as if that’s easy!) Kidney stone patients are
very often 
o under unusual stress.
o Avoid alcohol and sodas. They dehydrate you.
o Drink corn silk tea to flush the kidneys.
o Another helpful beverage is catnip tea with apple cider
vinegar.
o Drink aloe vera (It’s sold in health food stores)
o If your kidney stones are calcium-related, lemonade helps to
absorb the calcium.
o Walk, walk, walk. Prolonged body movement helps to move the
stones out. We call this “the tough way”.
o Be sure to have your thyroid and parathyroid checked. In some
cases there is a connection.

How to prevent kidney stones in general:

1. Again - lots of water. This means eight 8-ounce glasses, and
twelve glasses if you work outside. If your urine is smelly, you
are probably not drinking enough water, and are at risk for a
urinary tract infection (UTI).

2. Take vitamin C – 2,000 mg. a day.

3. No sodas or alcohol. If you do partake, for every glass of
beverage drink an extra glass of water. 

4. Work to strengthen your immune system.

5. Check your family history. Did any of your parents or
grandparents have kidney stones? Get the story and learn from
it, which often means to improve your lifestyle. 

6. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys represent fear. To
counteract any fear, try this positive affirmation: “Water flows
freely through me, making me safer.” As you repeat this
affirmation regularly, try to sincerely feel its significance.
Visualize it as a reality, not just words.

For real inspiration, try this wonderful quote from Aldous
Huxley: 

The kidneys are so beautifully organized; they do their work of
regulation with such a miraculous--it's hard to find another
word--such a positively divine precision, such knowledge and
wisdom, that there is no reason why our archetypal man, whoever
he is, or anyone else, for that matter, should be ashamed to own
a pair."

Warmly, Pieternel van Giersbergen. 

© 2005 Pieternel van Giersbergen. www.pieternel.com

About the Author: Pieternel van Giersbergen is an RN with over
25 years of experience in different fields of health care.
Pieternel discovered the limitations of the tradition health
care system, and developed her own common sense health business
http://www.pieternel.com.

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