Top 5 Ways to Stop Bedwetting!
It is understandable that you get frustated. Your child is already in school and is still wetting the bed at night. When even trying to limite liquids after dinner doesn’t work and waking your child up in the middle of the night and asking him if he needs to pee doesn’t work, it’s normal that you get exhausted. But don’t forget that you are not alone. Parents often worry when their child is still bedwetting, which is a problem called “involuntary urination in children 5 years of age or older.” We have listed for you a top 5 ways to stop bedwetting!
1. Banish the Blame
It will not help if you get frustated or angry towards you child. Also punishing him for bedwetting will only add pressure to stay dry and that will only make the problem bigger. It’s difficult to stop a child from wetting the bed, and you shouldn’t worry about it unless he is embarrassed and asks you for help. It is normal that children do this at a young age. Don’t make a big deal out of it and offer some comfort instead. You can talk with your child about bedwetting and let him know that he is not the only one and more children of his age do it. The chance is bigger that they stop bedwetting when they don’t have to much pressure on them.
2. Encourage Bathroom Trips Before Their Bedtime
It’s important to make sure that your child goes to the bathroom before his bedtime, but also try carry your child to the bathroom again right before you go to bed. This is because when your child pees before sleeping, there’s less of a chance he will have to urinate during the night. This technique won’t “cure” bedwetting, but it can be an effective way to keep the bed dry through the night. Some pediatricians also suggest that young children shouldn’t drink much a few hours before bedtime.
3. Create an Incentives Chart
Consider adding a positive incentive which work on a subconscious level, to help your child end bedwetting. Make for example a calendar and give your child a sticker every night he doesn’t pee in bed. When he for example earns ten stickers which might take longer for some kids, so have patience and continue to encourage them, he gets a small toy or a special treat, for his progress. The power of positive suggestion does work for some children. But remember, in the case of bedwetting, the opposite of reward is not punishment.
4. Purchase a Moisture Alarm
The function of a moisture alarm is that it wakes your child the second he wets the bed. The interruption in sleep can condition the brain to control the bladder better and help prevent accidents. This method is about 75 percent effective, and tends to work when children themselves are ready to be dry. Another method is to clip the alarm to your child’s underwear or place it on the pad on the bed. Once the device detects any moisture, the alarm goes off. But you parents should know that it doesn’t necessarily wake up the child. This alarm is made to signal parents that they need to get up to wake their child to get him or her into the bathroom or clean off the bed.
5. Invest in a Waterproof Mattress
If the moisture alarms don’t work for you, you can try a simpler solution, which is making sure the bed has a waterproof mattress cover or pad and pillow cases. What also is handy is putting fresh pajamas by your child’s bed for a quick change in the middle of the night. If your child sleeps through the night in a wet bed, you might also want to ask him to help change the sheets in the morning. By doing this you can help him take responsibility for the bedwetting. Even if the child isn’t wetting the bed on purpose, he’s still aware of his accidents when he wakes up. Helping change the sheets can make him feel part of the solution rather than the problem. Than the last tip is to remain relax and be patient. This phase won’t last forever. In almost all cases, children outgrow bedwetting.