How to Help Your Child Stop Wetting the Bed
If your child is a serial bed wetter, you may feel angry or frustrated but you should understand that your child is not the only one, as there are millions of kids in every part of the world who do the same. Scolding your child is not going to get you anywhere as this is something your child just cannot control so what is the point of making him feel bad about it?
The fancy name for bed wetting is enuresis and while you may find it hard to believe, the truth is that this is something that runs in families. It is a very common problem among children but the best part is that all kids who wet their beds at night eventually stop.
As far as the reasons are concerned, enuresis runs in one?s genes. You may not want to admit it but if your child is a bed wetter, you, your spouse or any close relative may also do so in their childhood. A bed wetter is believed to be a sound sleeper and it is because of this ability to sleep without a care in this world that prevents him/her from responding to the internal signals given by the brain to urinate.
If your child is wetting his/her bed, he/she may have a bladder that is functionally, small which implies that they feel their bladder is full and that they need to pee when they actually do not. This also brings to discussion the insufficient production of a hormone that instructs the kidney to produce less urine when one is asleep, due to which they naturally produce more urine.
Having the reasons for bed wetting among children discussed, the next step is to help your child fight this condition and get rid of it once and for good. Some tips that are found acutely effective in this regard are accounted below.
Make Sure Your Child Stays Dry
Take measures to ensure that your child and his bed stay dry during the night. Check him/her a number of times. You can consider placing a waterproof cover over your child?s bed sheet. As soon as you find him/her wet, get your child into dry clothes so that the urine does not irritate his/her skin.
Restrict Liquid Consumption
Limit the amounts of liquid your child consumes before going to bed. Keep an eye on the intake of caffeinated and carbonated drinks as they tend to increase urine production.
Closely Observe Your Child in Bathroom
Make sure that your child has gone to bathroom before going to bed and if he/she has urinated or not. This will greatly influence the times and volume of urine with which he wets. It is obvious that if he/she urinates before going to bed, there are lesser chances that he/she wets the bed during the night.
Tell Your Child to Pee At Once
Another problem that leads to bed wetting is that kids force their bladders to hold urine for extended hours during the day when they are playing or engaged in something else. You have to tell your child that he/she needs to pay attention to his/her bladder and empty it as soon as the need arises. If they learn to do it, their bladder will be trained not to empty spontaneously any time during night.
Keep Them Motivated
Encourage your child by rewarding him/her for every single night he/she does not wet the bed. You can have a calendar placed right next to your child?s bed and he/she can place a sticker on it each morning he/she wakes up dry. Once he gets 10 stickers in a row, you can promise him a trip to his/her favorite amusement park. This is all the motivation your child will need in the process.
With these simple tips, you can make sure that your child has pee-free sleep during the night.
Although not an expert, Mike loves to share his personal experience on parenting issues. When he is not blogging, Mike writes reviews on learning toys.