From the Publisher
"I highly recommend this book for children, parents, and health care professionals. It's the best I've seen yet." —Lawrence A. Vitualano, Ph.D., associate clinical professor of psychology, Child Study Center, Yale University
"Humor, practical advice, and troubleshooting tips bring Dr. Bennett’s highly successful bedwetting program to life." —Howard Fischer, MD, FAAP, Chief, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
"Deals with individual variations in motivation, and stresses the child as an active participant in solving the problem." Woman’s Day
"Child-friendly language, real-life stories, humor and cartoons actively engage young participants in a program proven beneficial for 25 years." Washington Parent
Local pediatrician Howard Bennett, MD, FAAP, assists with a tough problem in Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting. Child-friendly language, real-life stories, humor and cartoons actively engage young participants in a treatment program that has proven beneficial for hundreds of Dr. Bennett's young clients for 25 years. The statistics are staggering: More than 5 million kids in the United States wet their beds. The guide takes the shame out of the behavior and focuses on ways to deal with it. The book's cheerful, you-can-do-it tone will go far in motivating youngsters to succeed and parents will appreciate the numerous tips and answers to frequently asked question in sections written for them. 2005, American Academy of Pediatrics, Ages Adult.
These two books address toilet training issues from opposite perspectives. Child psychologist Sonna believes in traditional parenting practices-which continue in some countries to this day-predating the introduction of disposable diapers. These include leaving off diapers altogether whenever possible, using cloth diapers when necessary, and introducing the potty to babies as young as a few months while "cueing" the child with a recognizable signal. Sonna contends that children trained with these traditional approaches complete potty training at a much earlier age than disposable-diapered children in modern Western countries. Her objection to conventional wisdom from pediatricians and disposable diaper companies (which suggests delaying potty training until two years of age or later) seems overstated at times; she also naively downplays the notion that busy working parents and child care providers would find the traditional approaches impractical. Nevertheless, Sonna represents a viable perspective, and her book is well worth including in the toilet-training books of any parenting collection. Pediatrician Bennett narrows his focus to bedwetting, and while he subscribes to Western-style potty training, he and Sonna concur that bedwetting can have damaging effects on children's self-esteem and social status as they age; their approaches to dealing with the problem are very similar. Bennett's "Waking Up Dry" program addresses the child directly, with frequent "Coaches' Corner" asides to parents. The intensive program includes questionnaires to determine the child's depth of motivation to become dry, a calendar to track progress, contracts and rewards, the use of a bedwetting alarm, and, sometimes, medication. Although the reading level seems high for the younger children who might participate, the author's tone is consistently positive and encouraging, both to children and their parents; recommended.-Kay Hogan Smith, Univ. of Alabam at Birmingham Lib., Lister Hill Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.