Bedwetting is not your child’s fault and children want to stop bedwetting as it frustrates them too. Remember that your child is not alone. There are over 5 Million children in the USA who wet their bed at night. Left untreated, bedwetting may continue into adulthood. Treating bedwetting in children requires patience, persistence and support from parents. Parents need to understand what causes bedwetting, the different types of bedwetting and how one can stop bedwetting. There are treatment options available and each has their own unique benefits and associated costs.
Parents can start by first visiting their child’s doctor or pediatrician who will better explain what is the cause of bedwetting and may do some simple tests to check for constipation and other bladder related issues. Stress can cause bedwetting and parents should help their child relax at night. Another cause of bedwetting is drinking carbonated drinks such as sodas or caffeinated drinks late in the evening, Based on your discussion with your doctor, they may advice the use of a bedwetting alarm and/or prescription medication.
Bedwetting solutions and treatments are not magic pills and take time to work. Use of a bedwetting alarm to stop bedwetting can take several weeks to months depending on your child’s sleep pattern and age. Also, if either parent was a bed wetter, the chance that the child will also wet the bed is considerably higher. It is important to discuss how you will deal with bedwetting with your child. Make them understand that the alarm is there to help and a temporary solution to dry nights ahead.
As your child starts making progress and starts to wet the bed less, reward them. This can be done by taking them out, letting them watch their favorite movie or playing a video game. Remember, punishment is never an option and neither is it a cure. Never punish your child for bedwetting. It isn’t their fault. Help them understand that bedwetting is normal and part of growing up and that you are there to help them through the process.