As a parent, you may feel like it is impossible to help your child stop wetting the bed. You’ve probably tried every tactic known to man from limiting their liquid intake at night to waking up your child in the middle of the night so that they could go to the bathroom. However, after getting them up out of bed every morning, you are constantly left disappointed and embarrassed when you notice that their clothes are soiled, their sheets are drenched, and their blankets carry a urine odor. Parents, it’s OK – you are not alone and the situation is really not as bad as you think it is. It’s actually true that about fifteen percent of children in the United States have not quit the habit of wetting their beds at age 5.
In most cases, the problem is actually neurological, which means that a big step in solving the problem is to set aside some time to learn why he or she is wetting the bed. So instead of punishing or shaming your child, you must:
1. Be patient.
Scolding your child after they have wet the bed can, in fact, make the treatment process last longer than it should. About fifteen percent of children stop wetting the bed each year after they turn 5 years old. So statistically, the problem should subside as they get older. Before your child turns 5 years old, you should not be worried about your child wetting the bed as it is very common and natural.
2. Talk it out.
It is a good idea to explain to your kid what is happening to his or her body when they wet the bed. If it is truly a neurological problem, that means that their brain isn’t telling their bladder to hold in their urine while they are asleep. Reassure them that it doesn’t make them a baby or mean that something is wrong with them.
3. You must not be discouraging, but rather encouraging.
Even at such a young age, your kid can feel insecure because of this problem. They can become afraid to sleep over at other people’s houses, or wake up early to change their clothes and blankets in order to hide from you that they have wet the bed. Assure them that it is okay, and that they will overcome the problem in time.
4. Avoid yelling.
Although it can be a hassle to wash and change the sheets every morning, it will only cause more anxiety for your kid if you are frustrated or angry at them each morning. They will begin to dread mornings, and potentially not even want to wake up. In order to avoid these effects, share your feelings of understanding with a quiet. loving tone.
5. Give them support.
Moms and dads, it is vital that you are right by their side as they try to conquer this problem. A way to be involved in the process is by sleeping near them every night for a period of time, and setting an alarm in the middle of the night to try to break their pattern of peeing in the middle of the night. Although this might be more work for you, it helps your kid to know that you are willing to go above and beyond to help them.
Although many parents may feel embarrassed to speak about their child wetting the bed, it is important to acknowledge the problem and try out ways to fix it! If you find that it is occurring more than normal, seek help from your healthcare provider in order to screen your kid for any potential medical conditions. Although this is rare, it is best to rule out any possible factors as soon as possible in order to help your kids stop wetting their bed.