Nocturnal enuresis, nighttime incontinence, involuntary urination or to simply put it, bedwetting. This is very common to our kids up to age 7. More than 5 million children experience this, and it also tends to run in families. According to the experts, bedwetting is more common to boys than girls. Though our kids will outgrow this naturally, we still offer some tips and tricks to help them fight their childhood bedtime nemesis.
Quit blaming the kids
Don’t be quick to nag or punish your children if they happen to wet their beds. Though we might not notice it, most of them are ashamed of it for this happens involuntarily. Also, it will only add pressure to them and make the problem worse. Don’t make a big deal out of it, instead, offer some comfort. Reassure him that he is not alone, and bedwetting is very normal to his age group.
Talk and share your experience
If you or your spouse also wet your bed as a child, talk with your child about it. It will help him see that he will eventually outgrow it and it may help him feel less alone and embarrassed.
Inspire your child
Let your child help find solutions. If he’s four years old or older, ask him his ideas. By keeping it positive and involving him, you’ll help build his confidence and encourage healthy bedtime habits. You might be surprised by your kid’s ideas.
Restricting fluid intake before bed
Try to refrain your child from drinking anything an hour or two before bedtime. Don’t give him anything to drink unless he requests it, especially when he is thirsty or want a bottle of milk that makes him sleep better.
Pee before bedtime
Encourage your child to pee before bedtime. Provide simple reminders and make it a routine that he pees before he gets to bed. Remind him as well that it is okay to get up during the night to use the bathroom. If you sleep beside him, tell him to wake you up if he feels the urge to pee at that very moment.
Covering the mattress with plastic
Different mattress plastic covers are sold at malls. You can also buy this online. Find the right size for your bed and fit it right into. For your child to still experience great sleep, cover it with a high-quality bedsheet. This way, you and your child will not worry or get disturbed even when pee pee goes out all throughout the night.
A bedwetting alarm is a device that emits a sound or tactile sensation in response to moisture. Your child hears or feels the alarm, wakes him up, and learns to get out of bed and go the toilet to empty urine.
Help him clean
Involve your child in cleaning up his bed and pants. When he wets, he can put his PJs in the washer or make him help change sheets. The intention is to make him more aware of his bedwetting without nagging him or making him feel ashamed. Make sure your child understands that it isn’t a punishment or consequence, but just a part of what has to be done.
Reward for dry days
Some parents mark wet and dry days on a calendar. Putting stars or stickers on dry days can encourage your child by also having fun. If he wets, be supportive and remind him that results will come if he keeps up his efforts.
Parents, you are a valuable part of the bedwetting prevention team. Parenting your child through the developmental stage from wet to dry nights is very challenging. It is a demand for your time and energy, yet the memories of your patience and understanding last a lifetime. Hope that these steps may help you and your kid build a deeper and healthier relationship.