Remain calm and remain patient. Bedwetting is common and up to 30% of 5-6 year olds wet the bed at night. Bedwetting is often hereditary and despite how you may sometimes feel, bedwetting it not your child’s fault. Almost all children want to stop, but simply can’t.
Be prepared and encourage independence. Use a waterproof covering on the bed and place a spare cover and set of pyjamas next to the bed. Teach her how to help with the covers and tell her where to put the wet covers and pyjamas.
Try not to offer incentives. Offering your child a new bike or toy to stop wetting the bed can result in frustration and disappointment. Encouraging your child is good, but don’t set him up to fail. If he could stop, he would stop.
Don’t overly restrict drinks. While it is true that drinking too much before bed can contribute to wetting, it’s often not the cause of bedwetting. It’s a good idea to avoid fizzy or caffeinated drinks but don’t go overboard restricting fluids.
Don’t lift your child to the toilet each night. Lifting is of little use, and may even prolong the problem. Your child has to get used to waking up when his bladder is full. Children often do not remember being lifted, and it usually does not help to achieve their own bladder control.
Improve daytime fluids and toilet visits. Research suggests that children who drink water throughout the day and visit the toilet regularly will improve their bladder health resulting in improved night time dryness.
‘Take your time’. Explain to her in simple terms how the body and bladder work. Have her relax and take her time on the toilet. Children who rush often don’t empty their bladder completely.
Avoid nappies or pull-ups. If you and your child are ready to address bedwetting, then avoid using nappies or pull-ups. He needs to feel the wetness in order to engage his brain to recognise the sensation to urinate.
Don’t wait too long to address the problem. If you get to the point where your child is frustrated or embarrassed, then take steps to address the problem. A bedwetting alarm is the mostly commonly-used solution to bedwetting.
Ask for help. Coping with a child who wets the bed every night can be hard work. Although waiting lists can be long, there are bedwetting services where help is available. Alternatively do your own research and consider using a bedwetting alarm. For a FREE e-book on bedwetting contact us now.