How to Deal with a Child’s Bed Wetting: A Guide for Parents
Ever wished that your child would spare you from the trouble and mess of his wetting the bed? Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be possible especially if your kid has the condition called enuresis or bed wetting. One important thing you must realize is that children don’t wet their beds on purpose—in fact, they are unable to control urine at nighttime. Despite that, you can take some steps to end your suffering, as well as that of your kid. Several techniques and treatment methods are available to control enuresis in children.
The following are some ways you can do to ensure dry nights for your child:
Before you visit a doctor, you can try changing your kid’s bedtime routine to control your child’s urination at nighttime. You can make your kid pee before he goes to bed as well as right before he sleeps. Make sure that your child does not take in much liquid before sleeping.
Exercising the bladder’s ability to hold more urine can help make the nights dry for your child. Urge your kid to delay urination during daytime. This will “train” your child to release urine less often. That way, the bladder can contain more urine at night.
Moisture alarms or bed-wetting alarms are effective tools in controlling enuresis. These battery-operated devices, which are available at many pharmacies, basically alert your child to wake up when he starts to urinate. And when your child is roused, he can immediately go to the toilet and pee. Moisture alarms are connected to a moisture-sensitive pad on the bedding or your kid’s pajamas. The alarm goes off when the pad detects wetness.
There is no point in reprimanding your child when he wets the bed or rewarding him when his bed is dry. It will only make his condition worse, and both of you will become more miserable. Instead, help your child cope with his condition by dealing with it with much patience.
The number one rule for parents of bed wetters: be sensitive to their feelings. Stress is a leading cause of enuresis, so if your child is stressed out, tell him that it’s okay to express his feelings—however negative they may be. That way, your child will become more secure, which will eventually put a halt to his or her wetting the bed.
You can also make your child help with the clean-up, as this makes him take the responsibility for wetting the bed and feel more in control over the situation. For example, ask your kid to take his or her wet underwear and pajamas to a basket for laundry. Or you can make your child wash and rinse his urine-drenched clothing items.
Have you tried everything at home but to no avail? Then medication is your next recourse. The doctor may prescribe certain drugs that can stop bed wetting. These medications are formulated to delay urine production at night, improve the bladder’s ability to hold more urine, and alter a child’s sleeping and waking patterns.