Bedwetting is a common problem for kids. Contrary to popular belief, kids do not wet the bed due to laziness or spite and shaming your child will only make the problem worse. Children tend to be just as, if not more so, frustrated with this condition and they feel embarrassed about this problem. It can be isolating to the child, who is too embarrassed to go on sleepovers with their friends. However, there are solutions to this problem. Discover how to help kids stop wetting the bed so that everyone can rest easy.
The First Step: Rule Out Medical Issues
Your pediatrician is your partner here. They will help to rule out medical causes such as an infection. Doctors rule most bedwetting as, “primary enuresis,” which means the child has always wet the bed. It may be as simple as a simple delay in the maturity of the mechanisms controlling the bladder. However, if the bedwetting occurs after the child had stopped wetting the bed, it is called secondary enuresis. This generally occurs because of psychological stress or trauma and the child may need counseling as a part of treatment. Once your child is medically and psychologically cleared, your family can move on to other ways to help stop bedwetting.
Urinary Bed Alarms
There are different styles of sensors on the market. However, they all boil down to the same thing. There is a sensitive moisture sensor and an alarm that goes off when the sensor is triggered. The child is then woken up, and they can get up and use the bathroom. This treatment is pretty effective, especially when paired with receiving rewards and some medications.
Dry Night Rewards
The method here is simple. After the child has had a dry night, they get some sort of reward. It could be a small present or toy or you can reward your child with an experience such as going to the park or the zoo. Essentially, anything your child deems special can be used as a reward. Be sure you pair these prizes with lots of praise.
The “Lifting” technique is fairly well tried and true. Ensure your child goes to the bathroom right before bed. Then, after they have been asleep for two or three hours, wake them up and take them to the washroom. This method might not be an immediate success, but it will teach your child to wake up and get out of bed when they need to use the bathroom.
Bladder training is something you can do during the day. When your child needs to urinate, work on delaying when they get to go. It helps them to build up the muscles that control the bladder. You want to slowly work up to them being able to hold it for 45 minutes. This technique is slow and therefore takes time and dedication.
This method can be hard to do, and might also need to be paired with other methods to be fully effective. At a certain time every night, deny your child any fluids. However, it can seem like a punishment to the child, so use sparingly.