Dr.Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett has partnered with DryNites® Pyjama Pants since 2009, providing bedwetting facts and debunking the myths around this delicate subject. Dr.Cathrine comes with a wealth of educational knowledge with over 22 years of experience in Early Childhood and currently is the Academic Director of the Early Years at the University of Wollongong. Learn from expert answers through a series of informative video clips.
Expert answers has been designed to guide you through common bedwetting questions. These include bedwetting management, bedwetting alarms and how parents can help their child through this phase. Explore all you need to know about bedwetting with DryNites®.
Bedwetting myths debunked.
When it comes to bedwetting, there is a lot of misinformation circulating both online and offline. Today we’ll debunk some of the most common bedwetting myths out there.
Myth number one: Waking your child in the middle of the night for a bathroom visit will cure bedwetting.
While this tactic, often referred to as ‘lifting’, might save you some loads of washing, it’s not going to help your child develop faster or help them to earn to wake up on their own. If your child is older than five this could even cause them to feel a loss of independence.
Myth number two: The cause of bedwetting is drinking too much before bed. Drinking a litre of soft drink before bed certainly doesn’t help, but it’s not going to cause bedwetting either. A child who doesn’t wet the bed will simply wake up and use the bathroom. Having said this, it can help to limit your child’s intake of sugary or caffeinated drinks after dinner time.
Myth number three: Using absorbent products, such as DryNites® Pyjama Pants, enables bedwetting. Some believe that using DryNites® or bed mats is unhelpful, as your child will never learn to wake up for the bathroom. But as we’ve learned already, your child is not in control of waking themselves up while in their bedwetting phase. DryNites® provide a comfortable safety net for your child so they can sleep easy. They can also help boost confidence, and give some independence back to your child – particularly if they’re going to a sleepover.
Myth number four: When your child wets the bed it’s because they’re too lazy to get to the bathroom. This is 100% false. it could be harmful if you start to blame your child for their bedwetting. There are a number of bedwetting causes, including delay in bladder development and capacity, but laziness is not one of them.
Myth number five: Children who wet the bed respond will to punishment and rewards. Remember myth number one: laziness is not the cause of bedwetting. Punishment or even nice rewards are not going to motivate your child to stay dry overnight, as it’s completely out of their control. Reward systems tend to work well for day time toilet training, but overnight is a completely different ball game.
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