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Why 'Lifting' A Child From Sleep Fails as a Bedwetting Solution

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"We have tried everything!" is often the catch cry of families dealing with children who wet the bed at night. And ‘lifting’ is one process included in that list of ‘everything.’

Parents lift the child from the bed and carry them to the toilet. Stories vary from adopting this process only once immediately before the parent goes to bed, to parents setting alarms hourly. And similarly the results vary from being a temporary solution, to making no difference at all to any eventual progress. And commonly parents report the bed already being wet when they try to wake the child on the first occasion.

This leaves everyone scratching their heads. “How can this be when my child has gone to the toilet only a few hours ago?”



Children who suffer from nocturnal enuresis are unable to be roused from their sleep, whether it be self-rousing for the purpose of getting to the toilet, or when a parent carries the child.

Therefore, it's commonly heard that children who are ‘lifted’ have no memory of being asked to wee on demand in the middle of the night. And in this process, some children become agitated or aggressive, again with no memory of their actions. Such is the frustration of nocturnal enuresis and the futility of applying the ‘lifting’ option.

‘Lifting’ is never a long term solution. If not treated appropriately nocturnal enuresis can continue into the child’s later teen years, and as the child grows in height and weight the logistics of ‘lifting’ can become insurmountable, and don’t forget that parents cannot attend every school camp or sleepover.

We hear that many parents will revert to using night nappies, and we encourage this when sleep for all the family is especially important. But there is a quick solution that brings long term and sustainable results.



The Night Ollie program addresses the child’s inability to self-rouse when their body needs to wee. (Note: ‘lifting’ tries to teach the child to rouse to a parent’s touch, and a parent’s timetable, but sufferers of nocturnal enuresis cannot do that).

Night Ollie trains the brain to respond to the bladder’s cues. This ‘training’ can take from 3 to 8 weeks, and the results are long term. Studies prove the Night Ollie program assists children to attain consecutive dry nights, and eventually sleep all night without the need to get up and wee.

The award-winning Night Ollie Program, with bell and pad alarm, is a safe, reliable and sustainable bedwetting solution for children and teenagers.

You can read more about Night Ollie here, plus check out our Sydney Mums Group reader review!

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