Your child probably wets the bed because he is a heavy sleeper, has a small urinary bladder which makes it impossible to go all night without urinating, experiences muscle spasms that cause urine to leak, his body secretes inadequate amount of anti-diuretic hormone which regulates urine production, is undergoing stress, has psychological issues, a bladder infection or defect in the urinary system, is diabetic or has a family history of bed-wetting.
Irrespective of the cause(s), bed-wetting or nocturnal enuresis is a nightmare that brings loads of trauma, misery, embarrassment, shame, and frustration to parents and the bed-wetting child. Bid smelly sheets and mattresses goodbye with the following tips:
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1. Be supportive
I know it’s frustrating to have to deal with odours from mattresses and wash smelly pyjamas and bedspread every morning. It doesn’t feel better than when he was just a baby but you know what? If you don’t encourage him, especially by letting him know it’s a passing phase and praising him for dry nights, but take to constant tongue lashing, ridiculing and punishments, no one else will.
2. Encourage delay of daytime urination
This is a stretching exercise. It entails holding urine in the bladder longer than usual before urinating during the day. This practice helps the bladder hold more urine during the night, reducing the frequency of wet nights.
3. Discourage late meals and heavy consumption of fluids at night
Ensure he eats about two hours before bed time and minimizes liquid intake. It helps his food digest properly and enables him urinate as many times as possible, before retiring to bed. Do it in a way that doesn’t make him feel disadvantaged because of his condition.
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4. Wake the child at regular intervals at night
Make it a point of duty to wake him up to urinate every two to three hours, ignoring his excuses not to get up. It’s tough I know, but, after few months he’ll learn to wake up by himself and you’ll be the happier for it.
5. Setting an alarm clock
It is usually not as effective as waking him by yourself at regular intervals but could still get him up to urinate after few hours of sleep, until he learns to do it spontaneously.
6. Bed-wetting monitors
Worn on the child’s pyjamas, it sets off an alarm once moisture is sensed. Subsequently, the child becomes conditioned to waking up to urinate when his bladder feels full. You could try your hands on Malem and Roger products or shop for more options online.
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7. Consult a pediatrician/urologist
Finally, you should consider taking the child for thorough medical evaluation and counselling. Remember not to twist or withhold any piece of relevant information from the doctor. This would aid appropriate assessment and prompt resolution of your child’s problem.
Tags: Bed-wetting, Tips to help your child stop bed-wetting
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Thanks for the tips MIM.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks MIM for sharing
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Nice one MIM thanks so much for sharing….
Thanks for the tips MIM
Thanks so much
Thank God my little one has grown past this phase. Thanks MIM.. quite helpful.
Hehehehehehehe this got me laughing,I did this when I was little,it wasn’t funny at all,I urinated still I was like 9-11yrs,but I was able to stop it I think its a psychological thing,even if u do all this a child who wants to bed wet will still continue bed wetting
Am so blessed in this aspect my kids don’t bed wet
I bedwetted until 26 years of age, after I got married. I did everything you listed above and more. My mum really tried. She used both positive and negative ways, but it never worked. It was embarrassing in secondary sch and university, but I sailed through. I did not understand why me. I didnt want to get married because i thought no one will want me.Thank God for a husband who loved me unconditionally. I am 29 now. It stopped just like that. I now have a 17 year old maid who bedwets. My experience has helped me manage her. I also advice my friend who have bedwetting youngsters in their homes to be supportive. Nobody would intentionally wet his/her bed when he knows he will be ridiculed. It’s not their fault. I want to encourage anyone facing the same problem not to give up. It will be over someday.
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