Tips to Turn Your Child’s Bedwetting Conflict Into Confidence
Children feel victorious when they have big accomplishments like staying dry throughout the day. With summer just around the corner, your child might not feel comfortable attending overnight social events like camps and sleepovers because bedtime becomes a battle rendering them powerless from defeat. But, according to Renee Mercer, a pediatric nurse practitioner and specialist of enuresis for over 25 years, it doesn’t have to be. In Mercer’s new book, Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Bedwetting, Second Edition, she arms parents with nine strategies to help their children turn their bedwetting troubles into triumphs.
Strategy #1: Make your job easier now. As you ease into the steps that will help your child stop bedwetting, do what you can to make nights, mornings, and cleanups as easy as possible on yourself and on your child. If you aren’t already doing so, decrease your workload by using disposable pants, waterproof pads, vinyl mattress covers, etc.
Strategy #2: Get the whole family on board. This isn’t just your child’s challenge to overcome—he’ll need your continued help, support and encouragement.
Strategy #3: Establish a bedtime routine. Some children are more likely to experience a pattern of dryness when they have a regular nightly routine.
Strategy #4: Refrain from punishment. It is crucial to realize that kids do not wet their beds voluntarily. Bedwetting can be caused by a multitude of factors, including genetics, small functional bladder capacity, food sensitivities, high nighttime urine production, and even constipation—but a wet spot in the morning is not a result of your child being too “lazy” to get out of bed.
Strategy #5: Invest in an alarm. …a bedwetting alarm, that is! Unlike conventional alarm clocks, bedwetting alarms don’t ring at a pre-set time. A moisture sensor triggers the alarm, which wakes you and your child.
Strategy #6: Create a reward system. A little incentive never hurt anyone, and when it comes to bedwetting, having a reward system in place can keep your child motivated and help her to persevere when she becomes discouraged.
Strategy #7: Do a sleep-away trial run. Once your child has achieved dryness, consider doing a “trial run sleepover” with grandparents or another trusted relative before leaping right into overnight birthday parties and camps!