Helping Your Child through Bed Wetting

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From basic research, pediatricians say that more often than not, bed wetting is hereditary. One or both parents used to wet the bed, often times you find that the child stops wetting the bed at the same age the parent stopped.

Pediatricians say that bedwetting is not as a result of laziness or spite. If this is the case, then there is no need to punish your child for wetting the bed instead, you should be helping your child through bed wetting.

Here are a few ways of helping:

Using Urinary Bed Alarms

For the most part, this seems to be the best long term method of dealing with bedwetting.

There are different types of alarms, these all have a sensor for moisture and an alarm. There are those worn on pajamas and others on the bed, the alarm goes off helping the child to go to the toilet.

Giving Rewards for the Good Nights

Some parents have given the children rewards for good nights. This may be something you know your child would really like. Encourage them even in your speech

Taking your Child to the Toilet

Though it can be tasking, make sure your child goes to wee before going to bed each night. Through the night, try and take them to the bathroom every two to three hours.

Training Exercise

If you can urge your child to delay urination throughout the day this could actually help in the night. Once he/she tells you they are pressed get them to hold for a few minutes and let the length of time for holding back increase each time. If they can reach 45minutes, the goal has been achieved.

This should be done every day and is a slow process. If the child is old enough, he/she will do the exercises on his/her own.

Stop Drinking After a Certain Time

This is a very popular method of trying to help stop bedwetting. After 6:30pm no more fluids should be drunk to help have a dry night. For some children this works.

If your child is older, let them be the one to suggest this, so they do not feel like they are being punished.

It is encouraged that as parents, if you wet the bed as a child that you encourage your children and let them know at what age you stopped wetting the bed. This helps the children believe they are not alone, and one day they will be over this stage of their lives.

Whichever way you decide to go in helping your child attain dry nights, there will be great relief when they actually happen. This milestone should be marked and celebrated as it would have been a period of stress for both parent and child. (2)

Aids for Bed wetting: Plastic sheets are the way to go. There is a way to put the plastic sheet or rubber under the bed sheet to help protect the mattress. For younger children, there is disposable underwear that your child can wear.




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Ije Woko

Ijeamaka Woko is a minister with a love for writing and a passion for young people and the family as a whole. She is married and has 3 boys. A great love for words and reading are a strong driving force for her at this time.

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