Top 10 Practical Tips to Cope With Bedwetting
When you have a bedwetting child, parents have many questions for doctors and their family or friends who have dealt with the same issue and they want an answer for them. Some questions are —
My child is 8 years old and pee in bed at least three to four times a week. Is it common?
This urinary disorder, called enuresis, affects one in ten children (mostly boys) between 5 and 10 years old and about 2% of adolescents.
Is Bedwetting normal?
Till the age of five-six, doctors believe that a child who pee in bed is a natural and normal phenomenon that will pass over time but after a certain age if they don’t stop bed wetting, then it is surely a matter of concern and needs immediate care.
Why is my child feeling low?
A Bedwetting child can feel upset or even humiliated especially when they go to discovery class or holiday camp. Some even tend to fall back on themselves and lose their confidence.
The “bedwetting” should not be perceived by parents as inevitable because this disorder usually disappears quickly. Before putting the tips into practice, one must understand why a child is bedwetting and how to stop wetting the bed.
Some children produce too much urine at night due to a decrease in his natural antidiuretic hormone during sleep. And the bladder no longer plays its role as an airtight tank. It empties too soon, fills up and so on. Children can urinate several times without being awake. We then speak of “overactive bladder” and it is quite possible that these children are victims of frequent cravings or even urinary leakage during the day. But it seems that enuresis is hereditary! The risk would be about 40% if one of the parents had enuresis and 60% if both parents had bedwetting.
Parents must first analyze the reasons for their child’s bedwetting. Their mission … to identify the cause. They must dialogue, reassure and especially do not argue or punish because the child is not aware of the inconvenience. You can also consult a doctor to eliminate any medical cause.
Here are the top 10 practical tips to cope with bedwetting.
- Mom and Dad must explain to their bedwetting child how his body works and the reasons for the immaturity of his bladder.
- Check for constipation wich is often the cause for bedwetting.
- Parents should not wake their child often when he is sleeping to force him to urinate. They will not solve the problem and could also cause sleep disorders in children.
- Let your child learn to drink regularly during the day and less towards the late evenings and ban soft drinks and tea. These drinks actually increase the urge to urinate.
- The family must involve the child to take responsibility. Like change pajamas in the middle of the night and put it in the laundry basket.
- It is strongly recommended that the child should go to the bathroom before going to the bed.
- Use a waterproof mattress pad or suitable underwear, diapers, pants for the night to avoid to change the sheets several times during the night.
- Use a bedwetting alarm that is known to help your child stop bedwetting permanently in few weeks. It is the best method of treating enuresis. The treatment is from the age of 5 years and above.
- Making your child feel guilty may cause the loss of confidence in the success of treatment but choose to talk freely with him and keep him on a dry and wet nights schedule by making charts.
- Talk to your pediatrician or doctor who can help you follow the progress of your child’s enuresis.