I am pretty lucky with Roo in that she got the whole sleeping at night with no training pants pretty quickly and has very rarely wet the bed in the nearly 3 years she’s been out of night time pants. Bedwetting though can be an upsetting and stressful issue for children and that’s why I wanted to feature this guest post on the best way to deal with bedwetting in the hope that it helps some of my followers.
US comedienne and Wreck-It Ralph star Sarah Silverman is no stranger to difficult topics, and her latest book The Bedwetter is no exception. Providing a no-holds barred account of her experience of bedwetting, which lasted into her teens, she shows how much this issue can impact children’s social development.
Silverman describes the agony that ‘fun’ activities such as school trips and sleep overs became due to her problem, and any parent of a child that suffers with bed wetting will know the pain that can result from this situation.
From a medical perspective, bedwetting is only considered a problem if it continues after the age of five, as most children are still learning to stay dry during the night until this point. If after the age of five your child is still wetting the bed twice or more a week then help is available via the NHS.
The first, and easiest step you can take as a parent is to reassure your child that they haven’t done anything wrong. Many children feel that they have failed when they wet the bed, and that it is their fault that they cannot stay dry during the night. Children should never be told off or punished for bedwetting, as this is likely to make the problem worse rather than better. Let them know that they are not alone – statistics show that 1 in 10 seven year olds still wets the bed – and that the situation will get better over time.
Simple steps like avoiding beverages near to bedtime can make a huge difference. Sometimes treating other conditions such as constipation can also have a positive effect on bedwetting. It can be worth chatting with your child to see if they are under particular stress, as anxiety can increase the frequency of wetting incidents and can also cause the problem to return, even if a child has been dry for some time.
Bedwetting alarms are available and are increasingly common as a treatment option. These are pads which are placed in the bed and provide an alarm when the wetting begins. The alarm wakes the child and ultimately reduces the incidents of wetting. It might be necessary to use an alarm for 3 – 5 months in order to resolve the problem.
For bedwetting that is not resolved by an alarm, or if an alarm is not a suitable treatment, there are medications available that reduce the amount of urine that the kidneys produce in the night. An effective treatment while it is being taken, the problem often returns once the medication is ceased. Many parents might feel conflicted about medicating their child, and this is a decision that each family will have to make for themselves.
A simple and practical option is the use of a waterproof mattress cover. These can make night time sheet changes a quick and simple process, reducing the upset and disruption of a bedwetting incident for the whole family. The range of mattress protectors at K&Co is a great place to start browsing the available options.
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