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How to Help Your Child Beat Bed-Wetting

by SarahD on November 2, 2010

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Prevent Your Child From Wetting the Bed

Many children suffer greatly from the incidence of bed-wetting.  It is not only an uncomfortable and humiliating problem at home, but it can stop them from enjoying normal activities like sleepovers with their friends.  In some cases it can be caused or exacerbated by physical ailments (such as a bladder infection), so if this behavior is unusual for your child, you may want to start by scheduling an appointment with your pediatrician.  Or it may stem from psychological issues (like stress or trauma), which would also require a professional diagnosis.  However, in most cases, it is a problem that is caused by slow maturation of bladder control, and most kids will grow out of it over time.  But for the present, you can help to control the occurrence by making a few simple changes in your daily routine.

1.       Limit fluids before bed.  One of the best ways to ensure that your child doesn’t have to go to the bathroom throughout the night is to make sure that they don’t drink anything for at least a couple of hours before they go to bed.  It is important, however, to give them enough fluids during the day that they don’t get dehydrated.  Then simply cut them off after dinner.  If there is little fluid in their system, they are less likely to experience bedwetting.

2.       Hit the restroom frequently.  Some bed-wetting prevention techniques include “holding it” so that children can learn to exercise control over their bladders.  However, this seems like a pointless effort since they will not be able to benefit from this conscious control mechanism while they are asleep.  And it can be dangerous (leading to infections or daytime accidents).  At the very least, it will probably be uncomfortable and send a potty-trained child mixed messages.  It’s much better to make sure they are going when they have to, and especially several times leading up to bedtime.

3.       Lifting.  This is a practice that requires you to take your child to the toilet before going to bed and then wake them during the night for another trip to the restroom, usually 3-4 hours after they have been asleep.  In some cases, children may begin to wake on their own when they have to go to the bathroom or at the appointed time.  And as they grow older, you can make the time later and later until they no longer need to go in the middle of the night.

4.       Rewards.  Many parents use a system of rewards to help children become potty trained, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t also be utilized for bed-wetting.  In some cases, behavior can be largely controlled by subconscious desires, so offering your child rewards (such as books, small toys, or trips to the park) for getting up to use the restroom during the night or having a dry night can often help to curb the problem.  Although bed-wetting is rarely caused by simple laziness, kids can sometimes learn to control it if they are receiving praise and rewards for their efforts.

5.       Urinary alarms.  Tests have shown this solution to a leakage problem to be extremely effective.  It involves the use of a moisture sensor, usually attached to your child’s pajamas, that sets off an alarm the moment it detects moisture, alerting your child to get up and go to the bathroom.  Over time, your child will likely learn to wake up before the alarm ever goes off (and continue to do so even when the alarm has been removed).

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