FIND OUT HOW TO GIVE BLADDERS A WELL-DESERVED WORKOUT
Bladder training is a popular and safe method of treatment if your child is wetting the bed. While it is by no means a cure, many children have been able to expand their bladder capacity and practice bladder control with a few simple exercises.
Getting the go ahead from your doctor is recommended, but if your child has no existing medical conditions, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Can you toilet train out of bedwetting?
Unlike daytime training, which is conscious and deliberate, nighttime bladder control is more dependent on maturation of children’s nervous systems and bladder so it is much more challenging to train a child a night.
Wetness cues while helpful during the day do not work in the same way at night, as often children will continue to sleep through until morning.
Similarly the use of incentives or rewards designed to motivate your child to stay dry are largely ineffective due to lack of conscious control and can in fact be damaging to your child’s self-esteem when they are unable to achieve a dry nappy.
While nothing is guaranteed, there are a few things you can do to encourage nighttime bladder control:
EXERCISE FOR INCREASING BLADDER CAPACITY
Some bladders take a little longer to develop and the reason your child might need to urinate so frequently could be due to a smaller bladder with less capacity for urine. This exercise has been proven to increase bladder capacity, however, you may not see positive results at night if your child is still developing bladder control.
If your child is motivated and old enough to use a timer, they may even like doing this exercise by themselves.
EXERCISE TO IMPROVE BLADDER CONTROL.
This exercise is easy and will help your child become more aware of bladder control. Many children simply need to realise that they can control urination and this exercise can put that into focus. This can also be combined with the exercise above.
NOTE FOR CHILDREN PRONE TO URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Despite being safe for most children, it’s still important to check with your doctor if these bladder exercises will be helpful to your child. Urinary tract infections can be further inflamed if the sufferer holds their urine for longer than they need to. If your child is prone to infection, these exercises may not be recommended by your doctor.