I have a very special guest post for you. I’m publishing this anonymously because the writer is very young, only 11 years old, and it’s a sensitive subject. It really struck a chord with me, having two daughters myself. But it also serves to show just how versatile cloth pads (and other reusable products) are and what a difference they can make to all sorts of people. I welcome your thoughts on the subject. If you’d like more information about bedwetting, daytime wetting, or any other toilet matters that may affect children and young people, or even if you’d like to make a donation, visit ERIC.org.uk
Since I was a toddler I have been wetting the bed. I didn’t want anybody to know, not even my best friends. I used to hide pants and clothes that I’d weed on. It happened in the day too sometimes.
One day I went to the park with my family. I needed the toilet and tried so hard to hold it in but I couldn’t. I ran to the toilet in the cafe but it was too late.
A few months later I had a residential trip to York with my school. My teacher said I couldn’t go unless I had a bed mat. Luckily my mom was good at sewing so she made me one. If she hadn’t I wouldn’t have been able to go on that school trip.
I went to the doctor about this. The doctor talked to me and said I needed some tests so she made me an appointment at the hospital. A few weeks later I went to the hospital. I had my height measured and I was weighed. A man asked me some embarrassing questions. He said I have overactive bladder disorder and prescribed me some tablets called oxybutynin hydrochloride. They make me very sleepy and I can’t swallow them very well sometimes.
I had to wear disposable sanitary pads. I called them Plastic Bangers because of the noise they made when I had to change them in a public toilet. It was really embarrassing. I didn’t like wearing them because they made me sore. So my mom made me some reusable ones and now I feel a lot happier.
People don’t wee themselves because they’re babyish. It’s because something’s wrong with them sometimes. Please tell someone. I was sad for a long time but things are better now.