Bedwetting in children can be a sign of a severe health problem. So here are nine ways you can help your child grow out of this phase. Let’s look up them.
Growing up of kids is a beautiful episode in every parent’s life. We, as parents, only want the good for our children. However, understandably, most of first-time parents are clueless when faced with such a situation due to lack of experience resulting in frustration, confusion, and many other negative feelings that are neither good for you nor your children. Every parent goes through a set of challenges that is different from other parents. One of the challenges that many parents face is bedwetting. While most kids grow out of that phase early on, some are quite slow to catch on. And it is naturally troubling for parents when kids wet the bed at an age they shouldn’t. We understand and know the doubts and the fears you might have during this time.
Don’t Shame Your Kid:
While this is quite expected, such an attitude can seriously harm your kid. Remember, kids are very sensitive human beings, and how you behave with them can impact their state of mind. If they think you are ashamed of them bedwetting, they may find it more challenging to open up to you. Especially if they face a problem that needs attention, they may not feel comfortable sharing it with you. Honestly speaking, your child doesn’t need to be shamed for it as he might himself be embarrassed about it. Instead of approaching your kid by accusing or shouting at him/her for bedwetting, empathize and console him. Let him know that you are by his side come what may. The chances are that it will encourage your kid to confide in you.
Note The Pattern Of Bedwetting:
It is necessary to know about bedwetting patterns as you can solve them by knowing the reason behind them. Once you note the pattern, you can take definite action to prevent it. For instance, if you know your kid tends to wet the bed just after sleeping, make it a point to wake him and make him empty his bladder. If it is a rare happening, check for signs of stress, trauma, or the like. You can only begin to understand the problem once you take note of the pattern.
Make Sure Your Child Regularly Urinates:
Habits die hard. So, your intention should be to make it a habit for your kid to empty their bladder within short intervals. Send them to the toilet and continue that regularly. After a while, you will realize you do not need to intervene anymore, and they have formed a habit before long. Many kids avoid flushing out the urine totally and end up wetting the bed later. Make a point to send them to the toilet just before bed, even if you sent them some minutes earlier.
Don’t Blame The Kid For It:
You have to understand that bedwetting is not their fault. They do not do it on purpose, and most of the time, they cannot help themselves. Also, punishing them for bedwetting can negatively impact just as shaming them can do. Instead of focusing on whose fault it is, it would be better to solve the ‘why.’
Check On The Intake Of Fluids:
Encourage your child to drink water throughout the day rather than just drinking water before bedtime. Caffeinated drinks make children pee more, so if they have been consuming more caffeinated drinks lately, avoid giving them to your children. If your child drinks throughout the day when he is thirsty, he won’t feel the urge to drink too much water at night.
Check For Symptoms Of Discomfort While Urinating:
Talk with your child and check if he has avoided going to the toilet. If your child is hesitant to go to the toilet even during the day, there must be a severe health issue. Check if your kid experiences pain while passing urine. As a matter of fact, urinary tract infection is a health problem that can cause irritation while urinating. Also, if your kid has been wetting the bed after months of being dry, it might be a sign of something serious. It can also be because of emotional problems arising from a stressful environment or a fight between elders.
Use A Bedwetting Alarm:
You should use this when you have run out of all options, and still, the problem persists. If your child’s age is around 5 or 7 years, this is the perfect age when you can use a bedwetting alarm, as kids around this age are mature enough to respond to an alarm. This alarm works with a moisture sensor clipped to the child’s underpants or pajamas and starts ringing whenever your child’s pajamas start getting wet. It makes the child wake up and go to the toilet to empty their bladder. Done regularly, it can form a habit later when they wake up on their own in the night.
Consult Your Doctor:
Mostly, bedwetting is not something that’s serious enough to consult your doctor. However, you might as well consult your doctor if it even continues into their teenage years. If you have tried everything possible and nothing worked, then it’s time you approach a doctor. Even though the risk isn’t that high, there might be an underlying health issue that needs to be taken care of.
Check For Constipation:
Constipation can be one of the reasons leading to bedwetting. In most cases, constipation goes unnoticed, resulting in the rectum laying pressure on the bladder. Due to this, the capacity to hold urine decreases, and bedwetting occurs.
While you can try the above methods to get rid of bedwetting, your attitude and care are needed for a child during this time. Remember, you are not the only one who is stressed with this problem; probably, your child is too.
Bedwetting is a common occurrence among many kids. However, some instances need intervention from the parents or even medical professionals when it goes out of hand. The aforementioned nine ways will help your child from bedwetting, including your attitude while approaching it, cultivating a regular peeing habit, and more.