How to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting
It’s completely normal if your child has been wetting the bed. It’s actually quite common. One in eight second graders will wet the bed several times per month. For many kids, the problem is neurological – the brain isn’t sending his or her bladder the right signals to hold urine during sleep. Here are six tips to help.
1. Put a nightlight in the hallway
If your child’s route to the bathroom is dark and scary, they aren’t going to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Try putting a nightlight in the hallway, so that when they wake up and have to go, they aren’t afraid to use the bathroom.
If you have recently moved, or there is a lot of stress in your family right now, your child could be wetting the bed because of stress or anxiety. If you suspect this is the culprit, talk to your child about their current stresses and try to relieve some of their anxiety.
3. Talk to their pediatrician
Although this is fairly normal, you should still talk to your child’s pediatrician to rule out any health issues. It is likely that nothing serious is wrong, but better safe than sorry!
4. Cut out liquids close to bedtime
A lot of parents let their kids bring water to bed with them, or even let them drink a glass right before bed. This could be a huge reason as to why your child is wetting the bed. Try cutting out any liquids to close to bedtime. You can wet the bed when your bladder isn’t full!
5. Wake them up before you go to bed
One strategy you could use to eliminate bed wetting is to wake them up right before you go to bed to use the bathroom. Make sure your child goes to the bathroom before they go to bed, and then a few hours later when you are headed off to bed, have them go again. Don’t put the lights on in the bathroom when they go, this way they won’t be too awake and unable to fall back asleep.
6. Double up your sheets
If you know that your child is having an issue with bedwetting, put two layers of sheets on their bed. This not only helps to protect their mattress, but also makes it easier on you to change the sheets.
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