Many parents have faced the awkward question of what to do when your child wets the bed. In most cases this is a short term problem that works itself out by the time the child is 5 years old.
But, if your son or daughter is still wetting the bed after this age, you may need to help them to stay dry. Here are just some of the things that you can do:
- There are some drinks that stimulate the kidneys to produce more urine, like cola and blackcurrant juice, for example. Try cutting these drinks out of your child’s diet (it’s usually best to just cut out one at a time) and see if this helps.
- Even if your daughter or son has trouble with bedwetting they still need to drink a healthy amount of fluid throughout the day. Try to make sure that they drink 6-8 glasses of water-based drinks every day.
- Some people will advise you to cut out drinks before bedtime, but this isn’t always the best approach. If your child’s siblings are given a drink and they aren’t, this can be upsetting, and high emotions and stress can cause bedwetting.
- Make sure that your child isn’t constipated. This can be difficult for older children, so talk to them and ask them to keep a record, if you think this could be a problem. If they empty their bowels less than 3 times a week, talk to a medical professional for advice on how to treat the problem.
- Stay positive and praise your child often. Bedwetting is an upsetting experience for any child and if they feel bad for doing it the stress may actually make the problem worse. Praise them for all small accomplishments such as drinking water instead of juice and remembering to go to the toilet at bedtime.
- If all else fails, seek medical help. Remember that you need to stay positive about any treatment, the expert advice is just to help you to work out the best way to help your child to overcome this challenge.
While bed wetting is distressing at the time, with planning and positivity it can be stopped in time. So don’t despair at your child’s wet sheets, just try the simple tips and know that it can get better.
The author, Katie Saxon, works for Starr Medical, a specialist company that helps parents and their children work through bedwetting problems.