Bed wetting among children is a very common problem that adults must face. It is quite frequently hidden behind closed doors but the continued stress on the child and family can take a toll as time goes on. Bed wetting can impact the child’s self esteem and it can be a laundry and hygienic issue as well. It is important for the child and parent to work together to work on the issue to find a solution that will work for everyone.
One of the first tips that doctors recommend is to reduce the liquid intake the child has before bed. Your child needs to stay hydrated but have them consume more beverages early in the day so they are able to relieve their bladder while awake and don’t depend on their brain signaling them during the night when they are asleep. The child should also be certain to use the bathroom directly before going to sleep. This will ensure that the bladder is emptied and hopefully it will be kept empty during the night.
Diet is yet another factor that can affect bed wetting problems. The reason for this is that a lot of children consume many carbonated drinks which work as a diuretic, affectively causing them to urinate more frequently and in higher amounts. Water should be the main drink in a child’s diet and never eliminated except for when it gets close to bed time.
A second method for managing bed wetting problems is by counseling. Bed wetting has been tied to emotional problems in some cases, especially if it is all of a sudden after a long period of time where no bed wetting has occurred whatsoever. Some emotional causes could be problems at school or a big family change such as a new baby, a big move, or family issues such as a separation or divorce.
Bed wetting alarms are yet another way to try to manage bed wetting problems. These work by alerting the child when the first sign of wetness occurs so that they are able to get out of bed and finish relieving themselves. While they may still get soiled, they will avoid getting completely soaked and having to change the bed sheets in the middle of the night allowing them to fall back asleep faster with minimal interference. Most importantly is that it is aimed at teaching sleep training by eventually having the bladder send signals to the brain to inform the child to wake up and use the bathroom to relieve themselves.
A reward system is yet another way that parents have tried to curb bed wetting. Although it won’t work alone, in conjunction with other treatments it is possible that it may be an incentive to stay dry during the night. Some people use stickers while others may use praise or encouragement to let their child know exactly how proud they are of them.
When it comes down to it, parents need to have patience and understanding of what their child is going through.