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  • 1. ==== ====For Great Quality Diapers Products and Tips Check Out This Sitewww.quality-diapers.com==== ====If the older child, adolescent, or teenager is embarrassed about wearing the diapers and plasticpants to bed there are a number of different ways you can encourage them. First, you can stresshow much more comfortable it will be waking up in a dry bed.Second, you can have them go to different chat rooms and online forums (with a younger child itsa good idea to supervise them while they are doing this) so they can talk to people in similarcircumstances. There are many online forums and chat rooms dealing with bed-wetting and otherincontinence issues. Sometimes it helps to have a sympathetic ear and to realize there are otherpeople in the same boat.Third, you should tell them that there are a large number of adults that wet the bed and many ofthem also wear night diapers. I would let the child know that many adult bed-wetters probably feela bit self-conscious wearing diapers to bed also, but they understand that ultimately its in theirbest interest to wear them. Ive also read about cases where one or more parents have bed-wetting problems but their children dont. The parent might originally feel embarrassed aboutwearing diapers to bed (especially if their children are out of diapers) but many times the childrenare understanding and supportive of their parents. You can also mention that there are plenty ofcases of adults who purchase diapers for other adults.An example of this is when a person buys diapers for their parent or parents that have medicalproblems that require them. For instance many people are caregivers for parents (or otherrelatives) that suffer from Alzheimers disease. Incontinence is one of the symptoms of thisdisorder and the person has to purchase diapers for the individual who has Alzheimers disease.Another example is if a married couple deals with bed-wetting. In this case the spouse of the bed-wetter encourages them to wear diapers to bed. Although they might feel embarrassed at theprospect of wearing diapers, they realize its for their own good in addition to being considerate ofthe person sharing the bed with them. These are points that should be brought up to the olderchild, adolescent, or teenager that needs to wear overnight diapers but are reluctant to wear them.A fourth strategy that you might want to consider is this. If your budget permits I would order alarge or extra large, adult size pair of plastic pants and/or diapers. By showing the youngster anactual adult size pair of plastic pants or diapers in a a size that is larger than what they wouldnormally wear, it might help them feel better about wearing diapers to bed. By actually seeing anadult size it reinforces the fact that adults wear them to bed also. This will help them morepsychologically as opposed to just seeing something on a web site.Fifth, you can explain to them that people have different needs in terms of managing theirincontinence-thats why they have so many different styles of incontinence garments. There aredifferent levels of incontinence-some wet more than others. You need to stress to the youngster
  • 2. that what works for one person might not be as effective for another. Also people can evenexperience the same types of incontinence differently. For example, some bed-wetters sleep ontheir sides and might experience problems with urine leakage in this area. With that in mind itwould make sense to purchase a certain brand or style of diaper specifically designed to addressthis particular issue.Sixth, emphasize to the child or teen that they are only wearing the diapers at night. Unlike duringthe day it is much easier to conceal the use of diapers at night.Another suggestion I have for helping an older child, adolescent, or teen adjust to the prospect ofwearing nighttime diapers is to have the youngster see a mental health professional such as achild psychologist. Many psychologists have experience dealing with this issue and might be ableto provide therapy specifically designed to help them deal with the emotional effects of the bed-wetting such as the feelings of shame they experience. If you have the financial means to try thisoption it would be worthwhile to consider this. You can talk to the mental health professionalbeforehand to see if they are able to offer counseling in this area.Some people feel its okay if an older child or teenager doesnt want to wear diapers to bedprovided they take care of the wet sheets, clothing, and blankets. This brings me to anotherstrategy for motivating an older child or teenager to sleep in diapers at night. I would tell them thatits much more time consuming washing bedding and clothing. By being aware of all the workinvolved in washing wet bedding and clothing it might make them more willing to wear diapers atnight.Another idea I have for helping parents encourage their older child or teenager to wear diapers forbed-wetting is to let them know that its not healthy for their skin to sleep in urine soaked clothingand bedding. There have been numerous articles written which discuss the detrimental effectsurine can have on the skin.The last idea I have is to implement a reward system designed to encourage the child or teen towear diapers to bed. You can offer to increase their allowance by a certain amount. You could alsosay that if they agree to wear the diapers to bed for at least 6 months they can earn a certainamount of money per month such as $20.00 (or whatever amount the parents can afford and arewilling to pay them). If they dont wear the diapers and plastic pants to bed you can deduct a dollarfor each night they dont wear them. In addition to having a specific amount they can earn permonth, if financially feasible it might be a good idea to purchase a present for them which you cangive them after the 6 month trial period. Or they can earn a specified number of gold stars orpoints per month which they can cash in for presents. Again they will be deducted a gold star orpoint each night they did not wear the diapers to bed.I think that verbal praise is an important part of the reward system. There is always the possibilitythat some older children and teens might get discouraged and not put on the diapers some nights.If this is the case its very important to encourage them. Remind them of how proud you are fortrying them out and also remind them of the reward system. I would say something along theselines: "Were real proud of you for trying the diapers and plastic pants out. I realize that its no funwearing them but just keep in mind the advantages of wearing them-youll wake up nice and dry.Also remember that the more nights you wear them to bed the more money youll make. I know itshard but try to hang in there."
  • 3. Its my contention that in order to motivate them to wear the diapers to bed for the long term itsimportant to have some small rewards they can earn along the way while waiting for the bigreward at the end. In my opinion, after the 6 months is up theyll feel so accustomed to wearingthem and so comfortable wearing them, that they will want to wear the diapers to bed of their ownvolition and not need rewards anymore. After that period of time theyll most likely realize howcomfortable it is to wake up nice and dry. At this point many parents are probably asking thefollowing question- "Suppose we try this reward system for 6 months and theyre still resistantabout wearing the diapers to bed?" This is a judgment call but in this situation the parents can saythe following to the youngster: "So you still dont feel comfortable with the idea of wearing diapersat night? We understand that its difficult getting used to them but just remember what we told you-plenty of adults wear them also.There are millions of people all over the world of all age groups who have to wear diapers forvarious reasons. Some of them have to wear them during the day and night and some have towear them only at night. There are also many types and levels of incontinence and some productsare more effective at managing certain forms of incontinence. Thats why there are so manydifferent types and brands of diapers available. We appreciate you trying these out. How wouldyou feel about wearing them to bed for a few more months? We thought it might be a good idea ifyou continue to wear them for another 3 to 6 months. An important thing to keep in mind is thateven with adults it can take them a while to get used to wearing the diapers." There is noguarantee that this will work but its worth a try.A second thing the parents might be wondering about is the following-suppose the child gets usedto the diapers but pretends they havent to see if the parents might be willing to extend the rewardsystem? While many people might say this is being somewhat cynical, the possibility of thisoccurring(at least with some children) should be considered. Im not a parent but I do work withchildren in the school system so I know that kids can be manipulative. I think that in a situationsuch as this the parent has to make a judgment based on what they know about the personalityand temperament of the child and their previous actions in different situations. In this case theparents intuition should serve as a fairly reliable guide.A third possibility is that the rewards might eventually become a crutch. The parents need to makeit clear to the child upfront that the purpose of the reward system is to encourage them to wear thediapers to bed, to help them adjust to putting on the protection every night, and to get them tounderstand that even though they might be a little embarrassed about wearing diapers, its moreembarrassing sleeping in wet sheets and clothing (not to mention more uncomfortable). The childneeds to accept the fact that this is not a permanent solution. After a suitable period of time theparents have to wean the child off the reward system and this can vary with different children.In combination with using a reward system there are certain scripts (as the mental healthprofessionals say) that an older child, adolescent, teen, or adult can say to themselves in order tofeel more comfortable with the idea of wearing diapers and plastic pants to bed. For example he orshe could say something like this to themselves: "This is just a garment designed to absorb urineand prevent it from getting myself and my bed wet. Wearing this is no reflection on my maturity. Infact by taking the appropriate precautions in dealing with the situation I am acting more mature. Itdoesnt matter what most people think. I am doing whats best for me in my particular situation andcircumstances" or "Im just wearing these at night-no one but myself and my family know I have
  • 4. them on. Im asleep while I have them on so its not like Im going to notice them much anywayexcept when I put them on at night and take them off in the morning. Its like having a tooth pulledunder anesthesia-I wont even notice it."Another thing a person could say is the following: "Everyones body develops at different rates-some people are potty trained later than others and some wet the bed later than others. Mybladder has just not developed enough where I can stay dry at night unlike during the day. I worediapers during both the day and night to protect me when I was a baby so why should it be anydifferent now-I still have the problem of wetting. Just because Im older doesnt mean I still dontneed them. Besides, they make diapers and plastic pants in my size so there must be a need forthem-I am not the only one who wears them for bed-wetting."If the child is younger you can tell them to play a little game. You can tell them to imagine that thediapers and plastic pants are a like dam and the bed is like a city. The dam(in this case thediapers and plastic pants) keeps the city(in this case the bed) from being flooded. Or they canpretend theyre a superhero and the diapers and plastic pants give them special powers-in thiscase the power to prevent their bed from getting wet. Finally they can look at the diapers andplastic pants in the same way as a raincoat.Another tactic that a parent might want to try is to mention to the older child or teenager that manycelebrities dealt with bed-wetting when they were younger. Among the famous individuals thatsuffered with this problem growing up were Johnny Carson, Suzanne Somers,MichaelLandon,Mark McGwire, Vince Vaughn,and Sarah Silverman. In fact Sarah Silvermans recentbook "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee" recounts her experiencesdealing with this problem when she was younger. Sarah dealt with this problem until she was 16.Sarah mentioned that she had to wear diapers to bed for a while. In one part of the book she talksabout going on a camping trip when she was 12 and how her mother prepared Sarah for the tripby putting Pampers in the sleeping bag so she could be discreet about the issue.Right now Id like to talk about one other factor that should be considered about approaching youryoungster about wearing diapers to bed. In some cases the child or teen might be closer to oneparent and as a result they feel more comfortable discussing personal matters with them. In asituation such as this, both parents should get together with each other before talking to the childto make sure theyre on the same page in terms of the best way to approach the youngster aboutwearing protection. When youve both mapped out the best strategy and the parent is ready to talkto the child, I would say something along these lines: "We realize you might feel embarrassedabout your bed-wetting. We just want you to know that theres nothing to be ashamed of. Peopleof all ages (including many adults) have this problem also.Both your father (or mother depending on who is talking to the child) and I came up with a plan tohelp you manage the problem. We both came up with a reward system designed to encourageand motivate you to try wearing diapers to bed for a while. Id like to talk to you about it now." Inmy opinion its a good idea to stress to the youngster that both of you decided that it would be bestfor the child or teen to wear diapers to bed so he or she doesnt think its some arbitrary decision. Ithink in general it might make a youngster feel better if both parents are in agreement because itshows the youth that there was more thought put into the decision, which in turn will most likelymake he or she feel more comfortable with the idea of wearing diapers to bed.
  • 5. The following section talks about how bed-wetting and diaper use can effect teenagers. Teenagerscan be particularly sensitive about this issue. This section talks about one teenagers feelingsregarding wearing pin-on diapers and plastic pants to bed. When reading about the teensdifficulties I was struck by how poignant it was and how sad it is that other children and teenagersfeel the same way. The teen feels that certain aspects of the diapers make him feel like a baby.The pins, the bulk of the diapers between the legs, and the sound of the plastic as he movedaround were triggers in his mind that made him feel this way. As mentioned, many older childrenand teens probably feel the same way but instead of viewing these aspects in a negative light it isconceivable to put a positive spin on the situation-instead of seeing the glass as half empty withthe right attitude one can see the glass as half full.For instance the bulk of the diapers can be looked at as an advantage-it provides moreabsorbency and therefore better protection. Regarding a teens embarrassment about the rustlingof the plastic pants as they move around, its important to remember that since the diapers areworn only at night this shouldnt be a concern. The parents should let him or her know that its notunusual for a certain degree of noise to be associated with some diapers. Instead of viewing theplastic pants in a negative way,the person can view them in a positive light-they make the diaperswaterproof which keeps the user dry and comfortable. If however the bed wetter shares a roomwith a sibling and is concerned that the sibling will notice the crinkling sound the diapers andplastic pants make when he or she moves around in bed, that concern can be addressedbeforehand by the parents. As far as the safety pins are concerned, these should be viewed nodifferently than other tools for fastening clothes such as snaps, buttons, or zippers.There are people with bed-wetting problems who buy disposable briefs to manage their bed-wetting. Disposable briefs are the term used for disposable diapers for older children, adolescents,teenagers, and adults. They have the same fit, style, and design as baby diapers. Disposablediapers can make a crinkling sound when the user moves around which makes some people feelself-conscious about wearing these types of garments. This generally happens with disposablebriefs with a plastic outer cover, although it can also happen to a certain extent with some brandsof disposable briefs with a cloth like outer layer.The same strategies designed to make a person feel more comfortable with the idea of wearingpin-on diapers covered with plastic pants can also be used with disposable briefs. Again theparents can tell the child or teenager that the tapes should be looked at the same way as othermethods for fastening clothing such as zippers, buttons, or snaps. As far as the rustling sound theplastic makes, it should be mentioned that since the diapers are worn only at night this shouldntbe a concern. Finally, the parents need to point out that the plastic is an important part of thediapers because it makes the diapers waterproof. This in turn provides more comfort and securityfor the person wearing the diapers.I strongly feel that its a good idea to combine the methods discussed in this article. By doing this,youre more likely to have success in motivating your youngster to wear the diapers at night. Howyou do this will have to be tailored to the individual needs of the child-everyone is different andsome of the ideas discussed in this article will have different rates of success with differentindividuals, but I believe that with the right methods(and combination of methods) and persistence,youll have luck with even the most stubborn and resistant youngster.Whatever you do its important to not get frustrated or discouraged if the youngster is having
  • 6. difficulty adjusting to wearing the diapers to bed. This will not happen overnight but with the rightamount of support and encouragement they will eventually get used to putting them on. With manymedical issues it can take some effort getting used to the particular treatment. For instance whena person gets glasses or braces it feels a little awkward and unnatural at first but the individualgets used to them over time. As I mentioned before I would remind the youngster that plenty ofadults also wear diapers for their bed-wetting and although they might be embarrassed by havingto put them on before going to bed they realize its for their own good.Colin EllisonArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Colin_Ellison==== ====For Great Quality Diapers Products and Tips Check Out This Sitewww.quality-diapers.com==== ====