Welcome to the halls of bedwetting wisdom
If you’ve been searching high and low for expert advice on supporting your child with bedwetting, you have come to the right place.
First of all, you are not alone. Bedwetting can be a very sensitive topic for children and parents, but it is actually very common and natural.
The key to helping your child through their bedwetting stage is understanding, reassurance and loving care. But what does that look like practically?
We’ll explore how to talk to your child about bedwetting, whether rewards or punishment help and when to seek advice from a doctor, psychologist or continence specialist.
We’ll also look at practical strategies and tips on preparing your child for school trips, sleepovers and coping with exam time.
Are you ready to hit the books?
Helpful tips on managing bedwetting.
The best cure for bedwetting is time and patience, but luckily there are plenty of methods and tools you can use to manage bedwetting in the meantime. Bedwetting products, as well as a few simple lifestyle changes, can help you and your child get through this time together.
Let’s take a look at your options now.
Bedwetting products are going to be the bedwetting management tools that make your life a whole lot easier. DryNites® Pyjama Pants and disposable BedMats are great for giving your child some extra confidence and a solid night sleep. Not to mention the fact that sleepovers become a non-issue. Other helpful products on the market include waterproof sheets and mattress protectors.
Bladder training exercises are another option, though keep in mind that only time is really going to give your child full bladder capacity. The idea here is to ask your child to hold their urine for 10 to 15 minutes after they need to go during the day.
Having a set bedtime routine can also go a long way toward helping your child to develop night time control. Start getting ready for bed at the same time every night and make sure your child uses the bathroom before they get under the sheets. Keep a stash of DryNites®, as well as some spare sheets and PJs close by. If your child dislikes navigating to the bathroom in the dark, set up a nightlight path to the bathroom so they have no troubles.
Finally, making some changes to your child’s diet can be a great help, particularly if they ever suffer from constipation (which can be a cause of bedwetting). Ban sugary drinks, as well as chocolate and any snacks containing caffeine after dinner time. If your child is experiencing some constipation, load up their diet with whole grains, natural Greek yoghurt, and fruits, such as pears, plums, and apples.
Last but not least, always make sure your child is staying hydrated with water throughout the day and night. Dehydration can often make bedwetting worse.