Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

Help your Child Quit Wetting the Bed

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 10, 2014
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Quick Bites

  • Bedwetting is quite normal in kids aged five years old.
  • Avoid scolding your child for wetting the bed.
  • Bedwetting could be occuring because of one or several reasons.
  • Avoid giving fluids to your child before bedtime.

More

Bedwetting may not be the most commonly broached topic amongst you and your little daughter’s friends’ mothers’ at the school busstop. But, the fact is that it is as common as hair fall. About ten percent of children aged five wet their bed in the middle of the night and almost each night. Apart from you being at the forefront of cleaning her bed half-awake in the middle of the night, your child is scared, upset and embarrassed. That does not mean you have to put up with it, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure that your child never wets the bed again.

bedwetting

Understand Why the Child Wets the Bed

No matter old or grown your child it, he/she does not require to be disciplined for wetting the bed. It is absolutely normal and there are several reasons why it may be happening. Some of them include the underdeveloped nervous system, stress, anxiety and rarely, urinary tract problems. If the bedwetting is recent, there is nothing that you have to worry about, but if it has been sustained over a period of time, make sure that you take your child to the general physician. The GP may recommend local help or will refer your child to a bedwetting advice group if there is any in your region. Follow these steps to train your child and help him/her quit wetting the bed.


•    Before you begin the training process, make it clear to your child that you are trying to help him/her to stop bedwetting and not scolding. You must make sure to listen to him/her when he talks about the problem.

•    If you think that the bedwetting is because your child is under stress such as because of a change in home or the family structure, bullying at school, etc, work on the anxiety before chartering a completely new regime.

•    Tell your child to exercise his/her pelvic floor muscles by controlling the urge to urinate and increasing the duration between each trip to the toilet.

how to stop bedwetting

•    Make sure that you avoid offering your child anything to drink at least 1.5 hours before bedtime.

•    Try to offer sips of drinks throughout the day and abstain from doing so at night.

•    Avoiding putting your child on nappy can help him/her to know when they get wet at night.

•    Leave the dim light on at night so your child can easily find his/her way to the toilet or not feel scared.

•    Once your child has wet the bed, ask him/her to help you change the sheets and change him/her into dry clothes. This will help your child to be sympathetic and gentle.

The new regime may not really help your child to stop wetting the bed immediately, but you would see the change happening over a period of time. Try to be patient and pull your focus from failure. If nothing works for your child, get support.

 

Read more articles on Parenting Tips.

Related Articles
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Write a Review
Post a Comment
Disclaimer +
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.
Comments
  • Khusbu12 May 2014
    My 4 year old wets the bed often. Initially I used to scold her but with time I realised that it wasn't her fault at all. We had to go to the doctor and I did try the bladder controlling method and it really worked. Thank god it does not happen again. Here is a nod to all the mothers who have kids with this problem. Do not worry, its just a phase.