Tips for Parents on Bedwetting:
- Reassure your child that bedwetting is normal and that many children still wet the bed
- It may help to tell your child that you wet the bed at their age and you grew out of it
- Increase fluids during the day and decrease later in the afternoon
- Encourage a last toilet trip before bedtime
- If your child is lacking in confidence due to bedwetting, explain how it is not their fault, and their body is still learning how to stay dry at night
- Investigate if a fear of going to the toilet at night is the problem—sometimes children are afraid of a dark hallway leading to a toilet, so install night lights to make it easier
- Give your child plenty of love and encouragement after accidents to minimise distress
- Consider using an alarm product that senses moisture and helps your child wake up in case of leakage
- And of course, use the Up & Under Linen & Mattress Protector to help save the linen when accidents do occur
What not to do:
- Don’t use a star chart or reward system, as bedwetting is not within your child’s control
- Don’t get angry or upset with a child when an accident happens
- Don’t make them clean up after themselves—it is not fair to punish a child for something beyond their control
- Resist waking your child in the night for a toilet trip because it won’t help the child learn to hold on or wake up with a full bladder
- Avoid temptation to use PullUps or night nappies as they also don’t allow the child to learn bladder control at night, and because they’re so absorbent the child doesn’t feel the wet sensation against their skin
Tips for managing bedwetting on holidays and sleepovers
You don’t want your child to miss out on the fun of sleepovers and holidays due to bedwetting. These exciting occasions can become causes of stress as you and your child worry about potential accidents.
Discuss the problem with the teacher or parent involved and reassure the child that they can go to the nominated adult in confidence.
If you and your child are really worried, see your doctor in advance about potential medical treatments that can help, however medication should be a last resort.
When it comes to bed wetting tips I recommend that you always keep your child’s bed protected whether they are away or at home. Manage bedwetting in children with the use the Up and Under and Linen & Mattress Protector as it will keep both the mattress and all linen dry when your child has their next bedwetting accident. It will make clean up a lot easier, quicker, reduce wash loads and eliminate the need to strip and remake the entire bed again.
The information in this article are provided for background purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Seek assistance from a health care professional in applying this information to your individual and specific circumstances.