This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoodNites®.
Having a husband with Type 1 diabetes sometimes puts my children in a category of their own. It can also make my heart break for them as not only we worry, but they have to worry too. And not just for their Dad, but themselves too. I should probably warn their future therapist...
When one of my children woke up cranky and irritable until they ate every morning and mood swings throughout the day that poor child was subjected to a week's worth of blood sugar checks just to be sure it wasn't diabetes. It wasn't.
When my other child started having stomach aches, wetting the bed at night, and failed to gain more than a couple of pounds in a year, they were subjected to blood work for celiac disease, a fasting blood sugar panel, a full blood panel and an A1C to check for diabetes. Just to rule it out. However, after ruling celiac and diabetes out they felt we should follow up on the bedwetting so they referred my child to a urologist. After an ultrasound, a long talk about the different problems that it might be and more blood work the doctor came back and said that my child probably had enuresis--a very common problem in children.
Even though the chances are slim that my children might inherit Type 1 diabetes, the chances of getting an autoimmune disease are more common. When this diagnosis came back we were actually relieved to hear that they would probably grow out of this in another couple of years.
Most of the time nightime bedwetting can be caused by bladders that may not be fully developed, children that are heavy sleepers, a delay in the nerve connection between the bladder and the brain, chronic constipation or pain when urinating to name a few.
We knew that for our child it was causing growing embarrassment and shame. And it was something that really bothered them. We sat together at a family council and explained what the doctor had said. We also made it perfectly clear that NONE of us was to tease or make fun. That we all have different things that we struggle with and this was something that they would grow out of in a few years and was something they couldn't control. We then asked if any of the kids had questions and met privately with our child. We asked what would make them feel more comfortable and introduced them to the Goodnites Disposable Underwear they could wear at night. We also later on started to use the Goodnites Disposable BedMats.
Both have been a real confidence booster for my child and have helped them gain the confidence they have needed to feel better about themselves. The bedmats have been simple and easy to use and have been a great tool in managing bedwetting.
If this is something your child has dealt with, let us know!
You can also find out more information about bedwetting and enter to win a $5,000 bedroom makeover for your child by entering the Better Nights Sweepstakes. You can also join us Thursday morning, April 10 on Twitter from 10:30-11:15 PST as we talk lights out routines you have with your children. You can join us by using the hashtag #GNLightsout.
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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Goodnites. All opinions and our story are our own. Per the request of our child, their identity and gender is being kept anonymous.