10 things to remember if your child suffers from bedwetting
If your child struggles with bedwetting, here are 10 things to keep in mind:
Bedwetting is very common! It's estimated that 1 in 5 children experience bedwetting at some point during childhood.
It's not your child's fault. Bedwetting is not caused by laziness, stubbornness, or bad behaviour. It's a normal part of the development and is often out of your child's control. In many cases, bedwetting runs in families so if you or your partner experienced it in the past, it might be helpful to speak to your child about it. This could help make them feel less alone.
It's often not a medical issue. Bedwetting is usually not a sign of a medical issue, but it's always a good idea to talk to your child's doctor if you have concerns.
Punishment is not helpful. Punishing your child for bedwetting is not helpful and can actually make the problem worse! As hard as it is for you, it's important to be patient and supportive.
Limit fluids before bed. Limiting your child's intake of fluids before bed can help reduce the likelihood of bedwetting.
Use bedwetting products. Using bedwetting products can certainly help you cope with the situation better! You can opt for absorbent products, like bedwetting underwear or waterproof mattress protector or even products that can help encourage nighttime bathroom trips, like a bedwetting watch or alarm and a nightlight.
Encourage your child to use the bathroom just before bed and to try to empty their bladder completely. In case of an accident, get them involved in the cleaning up process - this might help make them more aware of the bedwetting and not act as a form of punishment!
Stay positive! It's important to stay positive and encourage your child. Remind them that bedwetting is a normal part of development and that it will get better with time. Perhaps ask for their input when thinking about the solutions?
Keep it private. Bedwetting can be embarrassing for children, so it's important to keep the issue private and avoid shaming or teasing. If your child has other siblings, you might need to explain to them about bedwetting, to avoid any teasing from their side.
If your child is over the age of 6 and still experiencing bedwetting (or has all of a sudden started bedwetting after being dry for more than 6 months), it may be a good idea to seek professional help. A doctor or therapist can help identify any underlying issues and provide support and guidance.
Remember, bedwetting is a normal part of childhood and is usually not a cause for concern. By staying patient and supportive, you can help your child manage the issue and reduce stress and embarrassment.
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