Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hot air balloon Night Glow

Every year the NW Art & Air Festival sneaks up on me. I'll be driving and suddenly the sky is swarming with beautiful hot air balloons. And inevitably, I've missed the night show. Not this year!


Tonight is the Night Glow and Laser Show. Check out schedules and details here.
And my new obsession?

Apple pie fries

Sweet Apple Pie Fries! I haven't even tried them yet, but this picture has me salivating. They are at the Air show, and I'm all over it! Have you tried them?

Did I hear mention of Joan Jett on Saturday night? What a great event. Don't miss it!


Mid-Valley August/September 2011 issue

Have you seen the August/September issue of MOM Magazine in the Mid-Valley?


You can find these stories, and a lot more!

Cover MOM Beth Walz - How does she do it?

Bedwetting - Healthy MOM™ Samaritan Health Services

Get Moving - The Little Gym

Cool off the kitchen - Hot weather recipes

Watercolor portraits - a perfect Grandparent's Day gift

Back to School Bulletin

Mr. MOM - Dave Henderer

SuperDAD - Shawn Rubesh

Night Terrors - Corvallis Clinic

About Home Style - Budget Blinds

MVP - Corvallis Sports Park

Healthy MOM - Bedwetting

When is it a problem?

by Healthy MOMDr. Ilana Dickson, Samaritan Pediatrics Physician

For many children, bedwetting is not uncommon. Although most children are potty trained overnight by 5 years of age, 15% of them will still have trouble keeping their bed dry and rates among children 15 years and older can be as high as 1 to 2%. And this problem is exhibited more in boys than in girls.

Most reasons for bedwetting are benign and will resolve with time. However, waiting for this to happen can be challenging. Both parents and children can be filled with anxiety as they wonder if something is seriously wrong. It can be socially embarrassing as it may keep children from going on sleepovers and families from going on vacations. And let's face it, who wants to be washing sheets on a regular basis? On the more practical side, it is a major inconvenience and nuisance.

The majority of bedwetting can be attributed to one or more of the following: 

  • Your child's bladder is maturing more slowly than usual
  • The amount your child's bladder can hold is smaller than others
  • Your child has difficulty waking from a deep sleep
  • There is a strong family history of bedwetting
  • Vasopression (a hormone that helps hold urine) is decreased 

Less commonly, bedwetting can be associated with medical or emotional problems. Medical problems can include, but are not limited to: diabetes, constipation, urinary tract infection, pin worms or kidney disease. Emotional problems are usually due to psycho-social stress factors in the home or at school. Medical and emotional problems can be diagnosed by a physician, however these serious conditions are by far the minority of the root cause of bedwetting.

The following points are things you may try at home: 

  • Talk with your child about this and encourage him/her to get up out the bed if he/she feels the urge to go to the bathroom overnight
  • Make sure your child wears clothes that are easy to maneuver overnight if he/she gets up to go to the bathroom i.e. undergarments that pull off easily
  • Make the path to the bathroom easy and accessible with proper lighting as needed
  • Make sure your child uses the bathroom before bed
  • Restrict your child's fluid after dinner
  • Protect the bed with a waterproof sheet to avoid a mattress that smells of urine
  • When your child does wet the bed, simply place a towel or two on the wet spot thus avoiding the changing of sheets in the middle of the night
  • Include your child in the morning clean up of the soiled sheets as part of a daily routine and maintenance
  • Never tease or allow siblings to tease your child about this problem
  • In an effort to "goal-motivate" your child, create a calendar of stickers to represent dry nights and offer a reward after a certain number of dry nights 

Other modes of treatment may be tried in conjunction with your physician and include bedwetting alarms, medications, talk therapy as well as number of alternative therapies. 

If you are the parent of a bed-wetter, remember that this problem is one that in most cases will resolve over time and require minimal to no intervention. It is also important that you remember how common this problem is -- this may be especially difficult when you observe that your 3- or 4-year-old is dry at night but your 5- or 6-year-old is not. 

For more information please go to the American Academy of Pediatrics at

*Information in this article obtained from an "UpToDate" review article called: Bedwetting in Children, May 2009.

Healthy MOM™ is brought to you courtesty of Samaritan Health Services.

SHS Updated March

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics

Looking for a fun activity that keeps you and your kids out of the heat? Lowe's offers activities for kids 6 and up that little builders will love!

Signing up for the Build and Grow Clinics takes just a few minutes. Simply go to and pick a project from the menu bar, number of kids who will attend and zip code to find the Lowe's nearest you participating in the Build and Grow Clinics. Don't be afraid to provide your email address, it's a handy way to receive an email reminder about the clinic before the scheduled date.