Posted in: Blog | July 30, 2021
How To Help A Child Overcome Bedwetting
500,000 children and adolescents in the United Kingdom wet their beds. This is according to BBC News.
You can take comfort in knowing that your situation is not unique. The best part is that you can help your child to avoid bedwetting using the following tips.
1. Don’t blame the child
Sometimes it may seem like our children wet the bed on purpose because during the night, they use the potty or toilet well.
Blaming the child only makes them feel worse because this is something that is out of their control. It also adds unnecessary pressure on them which makes the situation worse.
Sometimes bedwetting is genetic. If it took you a long time to stop wetting the bed then the same might happen to your child. Children who sleep deeply are also more likely to wet the bed because they don’t realise their bladder is full. Any big change in a child life can also cause them to wet the bed, for example, if they get a new sibling or you move to a new area. Medical reasons like having a UTI can also cause a child to bed wet.
Therefore, the best thing to do is to roll with It. Don’t be frustrated or angry at the child.
Here at Tiny Toes Children’s Day Nursery, we take childcare seriously. That is why we use a warm and caring approach when handling children to ensure we provide a safe and friendly childcare setting.
2. Use urinary bed alarms
Studies show that urinary bed alarms help children to stop wetting in their beds at night. These alarms have a success rate of 70 to 90%.
This is how the alarm works; when it detects moisture on a child’s nightwear, the alarm goes off.
Therefore, they can wake up on their own or you can wake them up so they can use the potty or the toilet.
3. Limit fluid intake in the evening
It’s easier for a child to keep dry during the night if they don’t have a lot of fluids in their system. Therefore, not having drinks before their bedtime helps them to pee less when they are sleeping.
Enjoying drinks can be part of their after school care routine so that when bedtime is approaching, they’re already done with drinks.
4. Make them use the potty before they sleep
When your child wees before they sleep and at intervals afterwards, it reduces their chances of wetting the bed.
So, you can make sure they pee before they sleep. You can also take them to the bathroom again before you sleep and also two hours after that.
5. Produce a reward system
When you reward a child for good behaviour, they get motivated to do more of it. This is a practice we employ at our day nursery, especially for the Tiny Toes Preschool level.
You can try this with bedwetting. If the child stays dry the entire tonight, you can give them points or stars and when they achieve a certain number of points or stars, give them a treat like a visit to the park or buy them their favourite toy; anything that will make them happy.
The child may make more effort to use the toilet before they sleep, or wake up to do the same if they’re not heavy sleepers, or be quick to get up when the urinary alarm sounds.
Our early years teachers have noted that sometimes, it takes a while for a child to stop bedwetting. During this journey, offer them the emotional support they need and you will start to see an improvement. If you’ve tried all of these tips and nothing seems to work, it may be coming to visit a health professional to rule out any medical issues.