By the time you read this post you may have tried a multitude of different ways of encouraging your child to visit the toilet independently throughout the day, yet they are still having accidents.
Your little darling just seems too busy and engaged in play to ‘stop and go’. You may have used star charts, rewards, incentives and consequences and yet they are still forgetting, ignoring the ‘urge’ or leaving it to the last minute.
You may have a child who is busy every waking moment…they don’t wish to miss out on anything and visiting the toilet is just too boring or distracting. Sound familiar?
Well, here are a few suggestions to help your child on their way to toileting independence:
Increase Water Intake:
Give your child plenty of water during the day. Keep their water bottle handy at all times and give praise and rewards for drinking water regularly. If your child is not drinking enough the bladder will only fill slowly which makes it harder to feel the bladder filling up and makes the problem worse.
Timed Toilet Visits:
Encourage your child to visit the toilet on a timed basis before they feel the urge. This allows the bladder to empty while the outlet valve is still relaxed. This needs to be individually tailored for the child and family, especially one who is going to school. A Vibrating Reminder Watch is an excellent tool to help your child become independent and visit the toilet when the watch discreetly vibrates.
Take Your Time:
While on the toilet your child should try to relax and empty their bladder without rushing or straining. Give them a song to sing, a book to read, a timer or an incentive to slow down and take their time.
If you believe your child may be constipated this can exasperate the daytime incontinence. Encourage more water, fresh fruit and vegetables and visit your doctor if you need further advice.
Simple Lesson in How the Bladder Works:
We often assume children simply know these things but take the time to teach your child how their bladder works. Use appropriate images and You Tube clips to explain. The more your child understands, the better the chances of him knowing what he needs to do.
This generally goes without saying but be prepared wherever you go with a spare set of underpants and clothes, plastic bag and wet wipes. Teach your child how to deal with things independently when they have an accident. If she is starting school inform her teacher that there is a chance she will wet but you have taught her how to deal with the situation.
I know this is easier said than done, but with time most children simply grow out of daytime accidents and when they are older it will be yet another milestone they have reached.
For more information on Vibrating Reminder Watches click HERE.