Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Why PR%F

We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.

Why Alliance?

We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.

What's Next?

Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.

Enuresis/Bed wetting

Enuresis, also called bed wetting, is involuntary urination in children over five years old that occurs either during the daytime or nighttime. Bed wetting is very common among children, including those with an FASD. There are many reasons a child might wet the bed. It could be physical, emotional, caused by a change in sleep, or occur because the child’s brain has not yet learned to respond to the signal that the bladder is full.

Strategies

Punishing the child or doing nothing are not effective strategies to stop bed wetting. A few strategies that might help reduce or stop your child’s bed wetting include:

• Making sure your child uses the bathroom several times a day

• Reducing the amount of liquid your child drinks before bed time

• Purchasing a mattress pad with a liner to help protect furniture (available at most department stores)

• Rewarding your child for dry nights

• Using a bed wetting alarm to signal your child to wake up at night and use the bathroom

• Consulting your family doctor about medications

While trying to figure out a strategy to stop the bed wetting, consider getting night time pull ups for your child. In some cases Medical Assistance will pay for them if your child is over age seven and you have a prescription from your child’s pediatrician. You can also use funds from a waiver or Family Support Grant to purchase pull ups, mattress covers, and alarms.

Resources

For more information: Visit the Come Over to FAS website.

“Some kids cannot feel the urge to go to the bathroom. My daughter was not able to control her bladder until she was 13. My son is 9 and still wears diapers to bed each night. He is completely toilet trained, but he moves constantly all day long. When he goes to sleep he is a sound sleeper and inconsistently stays dry at night. More nights are wet than dry right now, but it’s getting better gradually. As part of their morning routines, they each dispose of their wet stuff and take a shower. There is no shame or blame. During the day, we have a regular bathroom schedule. Still, accidents happen, but we make sure that the kids are able to take care of their own wet clothes and don’t feel bad about something they can’t control.” -Anna, parent

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