Monday, September 15, 2014

Childhood Bed-Wetting: 10 Tips to Success

Childhood bed-wetting is a common problem for many households. A child's confidence and self-image can suffer from prolonged bed-wetting, especially the older they become. As a parent, it can be difficult trying to help your child to stop wetting the bed, but you should reassure your child and be supportive to help overcome this problem together.

Help your child conquer this common problem following these 10 simple tips:

1. Do not let your child drink one hour before bedtime. This gives them time to empty their bladder before going to sleep, reducing bedtime accidents.

2. Create a bed time routine. Begin having your child use the bathroom right before going to bed at night. This will also help to ensure their bladder is empty, preventing any bed-wetting.

3. Get up with them at night. Once or twice a night, wake your child up so they can use the bathroom. This creates a shorter period of time to be their goal to stay dry instead of trying to stay dry throughout the entire night.

4. Create an award system for you child for when they do successfully make it through the night. It can be something as simple as a sticker chart or to watch a movie the next day.

5. Place night lights in the house and make sure the path to the bathroom is clear from obstacles. By doing this, your child will have easy access to the bathroom at night for when they are in a hurry.

6. If the bed-wetting problem persists, you may want to consider using pull-ups at night. Some children feel this helps them feel more independent. However, others believe pull-ups can cause the child to become unmotivated. You may want to discuss with your doctor which course of action may be right for your child.

7. Never punish or blame your child for wetting the bed. It is not their fault. A child's bladder control is still weak and by punishing them their confidence may lower, making it a bigger problem.

8. Do not allow others to tease the child about their problem. Do not discuss the bed-wetting with anyone in front of your child. This can make them even more uncomfortable about the issue.

9. You're going to need a lot of patience to overcome the bed-wetting. It may take some time before the issue is resolved. Your child will need your full support during this and does not need added pressure.

10. Explain to your child the responsibility of staying dry. Allow them to help clean up if there are any accidents. Water proof sheets are convenient and make clean up easy.

Have you had to help your child overcome bed-wetting? What are some tips you have?

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