Tips for Dealing with Bedwetting
Does your child wet the bed at night? Do you swing between feeling frazzled and frustrated during the dark hours of night, and then disappointed with your reaction once you’re fully awake? Is your child embarrassed that he wets his bed?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you’re not alone. Many parents know just what you feel like, myself included.
Firstly, do be aware that many pediatricians and other medical professionals profess that as bedwetting is only a problem worth worrying about after the child is 5 years of age or older. For children under the aforementioned age, bedwetting is not any more pleasant, but it’s normal and entirely age-appropriate, since the bladder has not yet matured enough.
Some of the following tips will combat bedwetting in people of any age, and others will simply help to make the situation a bit easier to deal with.
Utilize Disposable Changing Pads
Even if you implement many of the tips below, accidents may sometimes still occur. To prevent yourself from getting frazzled and frustrated when being woken up in the middle of the night, place a disposable changing pad on the bed before your child goes to sleep. In case of an accident, you can merely pull it off the bed and chuck it into the trash; no need to start dealing with soiled linen and whirring washing machines that’ll wake people up.
Don’t Serve Bladder Irritants After Dinner
Any drinks with caffeine, acidic fruits, and anything with chocolate should be avoided after dinnertime. These foods are known to be bladder irritants, and consumption of them during the later hours of the day can increase the chances of an accident occurring at night.
Make Sure the Child is Drinking at the Right Times
Try to ensure that the child drinks enough in the morning, and then reduce fluid intake starting after supper. If your child is in school the whole day, it may be an idea to send him with a water bottle so he’ll have what to drink whenever he wants and won’t come home desperately thirsty.
Try a Bedwetting Alarm
Bedwetting alarms don’t always work (although many times they do!) since many individuals with nighttime incontinence are deep sleepers. However, a bedwetting alarm can inform you, the parent, that your child needs the bathroom or needs to be changed.
Several of these tips can prevent accidents from occurring. Other aforementioned ideas will not help accidents to cease, but they’ll make it easier for you to deal with them when they happen.
Implement these solutions to make the lives of you and your child more pleasant!
Do be aware that there are times when you’d do well to visit a pediatrician regarding your child’s bedwetting; one time this may be necessary is, as we mentioned previously, if your child is 5 or older. Another time to see your pediatrician is if your child has not been bedwetting at all for 6 months straight, and then suddenly starts to. In this occurrence, the bedwetting may be due to a number of reasons, so you’ll want your doctor to make sure all is okay with your child.
The fact that you read through this article is proof that you are a caring and diligent parent and you want to help your child. Kudos to you for all your hard work! Your child is lucky to have a parent like you.