How to Cope with Your Child's Bedwetting

Oct 16, 2009
Millions of childen have the bedwetting problem, but most of them and their parents do not talk about this condition to others.  Many parents feel embarrassed, angry and distressed if they know that their child wets the bed every night and nothings seems to work properly. What can be done to improve the bedwetting problem in your child?
  1. Keep in mind that bedwetting is a temporary problem. Most children outgrow bedwetting and treatment may not be necessary until age 6 to 7. It is known that about 20 percent of children have bedwetting problem at age five, while only in 12 percent of kids this problem persists until age six. As your child’s body systems mature, bedwetting will subside to greater extend and most teenagers no longer face the problem of bedwetting.

  2. Do not blame yourself for your child's bedwetting. Many parents think that bedwetting is psychological and they may somehow cause their child's bedwetting. Most specialists say that psychological factors rarely cause bedwetting in children, especially if the child has primary bedwetting or never stayed dry at night. In case of secondary bedwetting, when a child learned to stay dry at night, but started to wet the bed, stressful events could contribute to the development of bedwetting, but these issues can be managed. For most cases of bedwetting the main problem seems to be the immature brain and bladder control.

  3. Avoid giving too much fluids or foods containing caffeine before going to bed. Fluids do not cause bedwetting, but it can help reduce the amount of fluids and lower the chances of incidence. Also avoid salty food and snacks because they will make your child feel thirsty and drink more.

  4. Keep to the schedule of making your child urinate at certain time. You will need to have your child go to the bathroom before going to bed. Also try night-time training, either waking your child a couple of hours after falling asleep and every 2 or 3 hours at night so that your child can go to the bathroom. Make sure the toilet is easy to access.

  5. Use a bedwetting alarm. According to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland bedwetting alarm is one of the most effective treatments for bedwetting. Bedwetting alarm is a device that rings or lights up, when the child wets the bed. This encourages your child to wake up before the bedwetting takes place. The use of bedwetting alarms can be especially helpful for older children, who are willing to cope with the problem.

  6. Encourage and reward your child. Explain your child how the bladder works and encourage him whenever he needs help. Talk about the benefits of staying dry.  It is a good idea to make your child aware of his progress and encourage dry nights furthermore. You may use stickers to note dry nights, writing some positive phrase or simply checking off in a calendar when the child stayed dry at night.