A condition familiar to many weary parents, bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, affects around 15-20% of children aged five years old1, 10% of seven year olds2 and 8% of nine year olds3. Caused by various physiological or psychological factors – or by a combination of both – bedwetting tends to affect more boys than girls and can have a serious impact on affected children, as well as on their families.
Contrary to popular belief, bedwetting doesn’t always resolve by itself and it can be a distressing and challenging time for all involved.
To help support parents and physicians as they deal with this common condition, Ferring Pharmaceuticals partnered with scientific societies, including the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and The European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU), to develop an engaging app.
The global app – DryDawn – revolves around a central character, Ingolf, and includes a diary to monitor wet and dry nights. Using basic gamification, reward schemes, friendly branding and characters to appeal to children and encourage them to use the app, DryDawn helps to ease the shame and embarrassment experienced by many children who wet the bed. It also acts as a companion to DryDawn.com, an informative website for both parents and children.
All the information gathered through the app, at the parent’s choice, will be used to generate a physician’s report that can be emailed or printed out, opening doors to new possibilities as it captures the key data points needed by a healthcare practitioner before making a diagnosis.
DryDawn is endorsed by the European Society for Paediatric Nephrology (ESPN) and the International Paediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA). It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Helen Gallagher is Senior Director, Industry Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility, at Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
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