Bed Wetting: Fluid Intake Before Bed

If you have a bed wetting child you must have heard conflicting views about fluid intake before bedtime. Well, bed wetting is simply not a result of full bladder; instead bedwetting occurs due to failure of waking up at night to empty the bladder. Monitoring your child’s fluid in-take a few hours before bed time might definitely help. However, be careful about limiting fluids as you don’t want to dehydrate your child or make him or her extremely thirsty.

While thinking fluids, you might want to take a close look at the kind of fluids your child is taking. It’s a good idea to maintain a journal listing the times and kind of fluids your child consumes in a day. Avoid serving your child caffeinated drinks such as colas, coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the evenings, and reserve these treats for early afternoon or when your child returns from school.

You can ensure that your child compensates for the reduced fluid in-take in evenings by drinking more fluids during the day, usually, about an ounce per pound per day, but limiting fluids at least 2 hours before bed. One of the ways of encouraging your child to drink fewer fluids at dinner is to have the whole family do the same.

Many bedwetting specialists encourage children to drink a lot of liquids during the day. However, your child must empty the bladder frequently throughout the day, and make it a habit to void on waking up, and before going to bed. Proper voiding habits can help reduce bedwetting episodes at night.

Your goal should really be to teach your child to respond to bladder signal and recognize the urge to urinate, and one of the ways to help your child to establish this connection is through bedwetting alarms. If your child is not bed wetting due to any medical or emotional reasons, getting a bedwetting alarm might help your child to stop bed wetting.