While your child may be embarrassed by his or her bedwetting, it’s actually a common issue. It’s just one of those things that people don’t talk about, so it seems less common than it is. 5 million children occasionally or frequently wet the bed after age six.
Most children naturally grow out of the bedwetting phase without any intervention at all, but there are some steps you can take to speed up the process and keep your child dry.
1. Don’t blame your child – Don’t become angry or punish your child for wetting the bed. They aren’t consciously doing it. If you make a big deal out of it, you can actually cause pressure and compound the problem. Make your child aware that he/she has a common challenge and they aren’t alone.
2. Empty that bladder – An empty bladder can’t release urine in the bed. Insist your child try to go to the bathroom just before bed, even if he/she doesn’t feel the need to go. If the problem is persistent, carrying your child to the potty before you go to bed also.
3. Make your child want it – In some cases, parents find that their kids aren’t upset by the wet bed. They let their parents clean it up and then go back to sleep. The situation doesn’t bother them, so you have to include an outside incentive. Start a rewards chart where you give a stick for consecutive dry nights and a small reward for a week’s success.
4. Talk to your child’s doctor – While there’s rarely an underlying medication condition, it’s possible, especially if your child suddenly begins wetting the bed after years of no issues. Possible causes are urinary tract infections, stress, or diabetes.
5. Constipation might be the cause – If your child is constipated, there could be pressure on the bladder at night that forces the release of urine. Monitor your child’s bathroom schedules to be sure.
6. Try a moisture alarm – A moisture alarm is a small sensor that sits in the bed when your child sleeps. The moment it detects any moisture, a connected alarm will wake your child up. Not only does this help keep the bed dry, but it helps train your child’s brain to associate the urge to release urine with waking up.
7. Train that bladder – Bladder training is the gentle strengthening of your child’s urinary-related muscles by asking them to hold their urine for just a few minutes longer once they feel the need to go. Obviously don’t push this too fast or you’ll end up with wet pants. Start with just a few minutes and work your way up to a half hour from the moment your child tells you they have to go.
Did any of your child struggle with bedwetting? What was your solution?
Written by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxe floor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
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