5 Tips to Deal with Bedwetting in Children

Published On  March 2, 2015 By
Bedwetting tips- Parenting resources by ZenParent

It can be frustrating and worrisome when a child continues to wet his bed after 4 years of age. However this is a common problem and one that usually goes away on its own. As a parent, here are some things you can do to help your child:

1. Watch the Input: A couple of hours before bed time, start limiting the liquid intake of your child. While they definitely can drink if they are thirsty, make sure they don’t gulp it by the gallon. Also make sure they empty the bladder before going to bed.

2. Bladder control exercise: During the day, get your child to practice postponing urination. Push it by minutes at a time. Reward your child with little things when they are able to accomplish this. This exercise will strengthen the bladder. However check with your physician before you begin this exercise.

3. Night time trips: This is a more painful exercise for both the parents and the child, but a practice which works successfully over time. Wake your child up every few hours and take him to the toilet to empty his bladder. This eventually conditions your child to stay dry.

4. Teach them to Clean up:  Show them how to change the sheets and their clothes so that they do not feel embarrassed that everybody has to know about their night time accident. Keep extra bed sheets and blankets in a place where they can reach. This process of cleaning up also builds extra awareness into their minds.

5. Be Supportive: Never shame your child for bedwetting. It is a condition beyond their control and is considered a genetic problem. Shaming them will only hurt them and damage their self esteem. Do not compare them with their sibling or other children. Be supportive and reward them for the days that they stay dry. Positive reinforcement will help your cause.

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However, there is a time when you might need to see the physician. If your child is bedwetting in the daytime, if it has suddenly become a problem that won’t go away, or the child is over 12 years of age, it is important to seek medical help for the problem.