Thank you for continuing this thread. I found your points very interesting, thoughtful and thought provoking. My son is still bed wetting at lot and consistently, though recently there have been a few dry nights here and there.
The hypnosis that we tried did nothing to help him. We tried it for several months. We also tried positive self-talk and self-hypnosis. Neither helped, at all.
I have to disagree that if the problem were physical then children would not be dry during the day. During the day, children are awake and thus aware of their need to urinate. If they have an urgent need, they go to the washroom and empty their bladder. At night, some children are so deeply asleep that the signals that they need to urinate do not wake them. This, in combination with other nephrological issues, cause bed wetting.
The specialist explained to us that there are a combination of factors that are causing the problem for my son, most of these are genetic. I personally need to urinate often during the day and even at night. I also get a very urgent need to urinate at times and need to find a washroom quickly. This genetic predisposition is very related to night-time bed wetting. My husband had bed wetting issues until he was about 12. Genetics are a huge determinate in night time bed wetting according to most of the literature that I have studied.
He did explain that limiting liquids is not a useful tactic, that the night-time alarms can be useful, but only to control the symptoms and that the medication is also only useful for affecting the symptoms, not the causes. At this time, there is nothing that the medical profession can do for the causes of this embarrassing condition. He suggested to just let things be and that eventually my son will be dry at night. He also suggested the medication, but only for when he is staying overnight elsewhere to limit the embarrassment. My son's bed wetting is so profound that even with a Good Night on, his bed is often soaking wet. So, if things do not improve over the next year or so, we may consider the medication for that situation only.
I am not sure how genetically prevalent the subconscious is. However, I personally tend to believe the physical explanation myself but am open to new information.
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