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How To Help Your Child Control Bedwetting


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Bedwetting is actually fairly common amongst school-aged children. The kids can’t control it and most will grow out of it. But there are ways to can help to manage it, including bedwetting alarms.

The Facts About Bedwetting

  • Most children will stop daytime wetting by the time they are three and night wetting by five years of age.
  • Many children will grow out of bedwetting once they start school but there are primary school children who still wet the bed.
  • Bedwetting is sometimes referred to as nocturnal enuresis.

Why it Happens

Bedwetting isn’t about blaming someone – it’s nobody’s fault. Children wet the bed when they don’t have control of their bladders and don’t wake up when their bladders need emptying. These children tend to be heavy sleepers.

There can be medical causes too, so it’s always advisable to seek a doctor’s check-up. Many night time bed wetters have love levels of the hormone that controls how much urine is produced during sleep.

How You Can Help Your Child

  • Tell your child that bed wetting is completely normal and nothing to be embarrassed about.
  • Have your child drink the majority of fluids during the day and cut back at night. Stay away from caffeinated soft drinks which increased urine production.
  • Have your child empty his or her bladder right before bedtime.
  • If the bedwetting is causing your child stress, do pacify him or her and let them your child know that bedwetting will stop in time.
  • DRI Sleeper bedwetting alarms can help your child to wake up every three hours or so to empty their bladder.
  • Offer plenty of encouragement, especially after incidents.

When To see the Doctor

Seek medical advice if:

  • The child continues to wet during the day, by the time they reach school age.
  • The child has started to wet the bed again after having stopped for some time.
  • Your child is getting distressed with the bedwetting.

What You Shouldn’t Do

Firstly, never criticise or punish your child or tease him or her and don’t let others either. This can just make things a lot more anxious.

It’s also a bad idea to make younger children clean up after themselves as they might feel like they’re being punished for something they simply cannot control. Children tend to feel rather upset when they awake in a wet bed – it’s not their intention to upset their parents.

Do remember that behaviour change programs, like rewards and star charts, aren’t going to work in this case. Bedwetting cannot be controlled.

If Your Child is Older than Seven Years

  • If your child isn’t too distressed by the bedwetting, and you aren’t either, you both might be ok with waiting out the phase. But a lot of children will try to hide their unhappiness so do try to help them.
  • If your child is older than seven, try a bladder training program such as DRI Sleeper bedwetting alarms. Such solutions have proven highly successful.
  • Be sure to use a treatment that is not going to add to the child’s embarrassment or discomfort.
  • Help make sure you child feels as comfortable as possible about going to sleepovers and school camps but helping him or her with bladder training.
  • Reassure the child that bedwetting is completely common and not something to be embarrassed about.
  • Never punish, tease or criticise your child for wetting the bed. At the same time, don’t offer rewards. Your child just cannot control the bladder.
  • Seek medical advice and a check-up to make sure there are no physical causes.
  • Use a bladder training device to help your child if he or she seems anxious or is older than seven.

A Few Things to Remember

Bedwetting can be overcome. They key is patience and understanding.

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