Submitted to Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine
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Families that have little ones at home have likely experienced bed wetting.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bedwetting is common — about five million children in the U.S. wet the bed.
Nighttime Dryness Delayed
Bedwetting is a medical condition where the brain and bladder aren’t yet communicating with one another at night.
Even though most children are potty trained between 2 and 4 years old, the ability to stay dry through the night may come much later in childhood.
“We usually don’t say it’s a concern until they’re about 7 years of age and then we start talking about, is there a family history of it? Because sometimes if Mom or Dad wet the bed until 10, we can say, well let’s see what happens until 10,” says Audrey Rhee, M.D., a pediatric urologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
Tips to Try
Rhee says there are some things parents can try besides waiting for a child to outgrow bedwetting:
- Fluid shifting — drinking more fluids during the day and less at night.
- Better sleep habits — limiting screen time before bed and going to bed earlier.
- Limit constipation-causing foods — especially foods that contain caffeine.
Research shows constipation, where the bowels press on the bladder, can lead to nighttime accidents, too.
Caffeine also is considered a bladder irritant, which can make a child more prone to accidents. Bladder irritants include citrus, caffeine and even artificial colors and dyes.
“The breakdown of those dyes when the bladder is exposed to it, the bladder doesn’t like it so you’re more prone to bladder spasms (and) you’re more prone to having an accident because of the exposure to it,” Rhee says.
When to Seek Help
Rhee says it’s important for parents to remember that bedwetting is a medical condition and children should not be punished or shamed for having an accident.
Kendall Chones has Wine & Gold in his DNA. His father, Jim Chones, a Cavaliers Legend and current Cavs Radio Network color analyst, raised him to have moral values, love Cleveland and the game of basketball. After playing college basketball at Colgate University, Kendall has spent the past almost 10 years playing professional basketball and coaching throughout Europe.
Today, he is thrilled to be back in his hometown serving as the Head Coach of Cavs Academy, taking the lead on revamped Cavaliers youth basketball clinics and summer camp initiatives. He and his team of experienced coaches provide a winning combination of quality skills, drills and fun at each Cavs Academy clinic.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to teach kids the right way to learn and develop skills to become successful players,” Chones explains of his new role.
Coach’s Advice to Parents
How do I know when my child is ready to play basketball? “I’m a firm believer that kids need to be kids first. That said, they can start playing at any age they show interest! Anyone who is willing to listen and learn is ready to play. We coach boys and girls ages 5–14. I did not start playing organized until I was 10!”
What if my child has never played before/what if my child is very experienced—is Cavs Academy for them? “Every child is welcomed into our Academy. Our programs are strategically designed to teach and improve fundamental basketball, regardless of experience. The players are separated based on age and ability to develop at the most efficient way possible.”
What is your coaching philosophy? “Quality content with quality coaching. I’ve hired every coach to teach unique curriculum for each clinic. I am a staunch supporter of maintaining a positive working culture when it comes to coaching. We infuse a mix of what you’ll see the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers doing on the court (style of play) with a European-fundamental based clinic structure that I’ve brought home from years of playing and coaching overseas.”
What sets Cavs Academy apart from other youth clinics?...