Bedwetting Advice for Parents

Like any other childhood problem, bedwetting can be very stressful and frustrating for children as well their parents. Treating bedwetting is not impossible. However, it requires patience and commitment from both the bedwetting child and parents.

Here are few tips and ideas that can help you manage bedwetting better.

  • Begin by talking to your bedwetting child’s pediatrician. This is the single most important bedwetting advice you can get. Ensure that there is no medical condition.
  • Encourage your child to have plenty to drink, particularly during the day, but limit the fluid intake at night, after dinner. Although there is little data to support this approach, many parents find it an easy way to treat bedwetting.
  • Lifting is a technique parents use to help bedwetting children stay dry is to take them to the bathroom a few hours after they go to sleep.
  • Bladder therapy is doctors recommended and includes bladder-stretching exercises. The goal is to help bedwetting child hold back urine as long as possible so they can sleep dry at night.
  • Using a bedwetting alarm to treat bedwetting. It is one of the safest and most effective ways to stop bedwetting in children.
  • Bedwetting medications are often recommended by doctors to treat bedwetting. These bedwetting medications are taken before bedtime and are often used in conjunction with a bedwetting alarm. The effects of bedwetting medications are not long lasting and most bedwetting children often relapse when medication is stopped.
  • Encourage a good night’s sleep. A restful sleep without interruptions is best for your bedwetting child. Waking your child to go to the toilet during the night will not help solve the problem.
  • Shower or bathe your child before you let them go to pre-school or school. The smell of urine is very strong and can hang around. This may make your child feel embarrassed and lead to other problems, such as teasing and name-calling at school.
  • Encourage your child to have plenty to drink, particularly during the day, but limit the fluid intake at night, after dinner.
  • Discourage your child from drinking caffeinated drinks in the evenings (e.g. chocolate or cola drinks).

 

 

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