Home » Home and Family

Helping Your Child Stop Bedwetting

Jun 29, 2008
For children that are 7 years of age and younger, it is very common to wet the bed during a nap or during the night. Bedwetting can become very frustrating for mom and dad and even more frustrating and embarrassing for the child. When dealing with bedwetting, parents should recognize and realize that bedwetting is very normal and many if not all children go through it before they reach 7. Bedwetting has nothing to do with any type of physical or psychological issues. In many cases, children sleep deeply and while sleeping the urge to go to the bathroom is not recognized, which leads to bedwetting.

The majority of the time you will find that wetting the bed will right itself. However there are some things that you can do to help your child stop wetting the bed sooner. Here are a few ideas to help you along.

* Reduce Fluids: To help reduce the times that your child wets the bed make sure that you don't allow them to have any liquids two hours before bed. Before that let them have enough so that they don't become constipated or get dehydrated.

* Have your child use the bathroom before going to bed. This ensures that the bladder is empty. Even if your child says that he/she does not need to go, ask him/her to try just to be sure. If your child does use the bathroom, ask him/her to try until urine does not come out anymore.

* Try bladder stretching exercises. Many children's bladders are not big enough to hold all of their urine during the night. Bladder stretching exercises are simple, but may become a little frustrating for your child. If your child says that he/she needs to use the bathroom, have him/her wait a few minutes longer. Increase the waiting time slowly each week. Bladder stretching can take weeks up to months, so everyone needs to be patient.

* Visit your pediatrician. Sometimes there can be underlying issues that make a child wet the bed or contribute to it. With a doctor's help, he/she can check for certain things and treat any problems that are found. If these issues are taken care of, it is likely that bedwetting will go away shortly.

* Use an Alarm: You can purchase moisture pads for your child's underwear that sense when your child begins to urinate. An alarm will sound or in some cases a vibration will alert and wake your child that he needs to go to the bathroom. Over time children can get used to getting up to urinate in the night when you use this method.

* If nothing else is working, use medication. Medication dealing with bedwetting is able to slow the body's production of urine. This relaxes the bladder which helps your child sleep at night without wetting the bed. These medications may have side effects, so it is best to use these as a last answer.

*Don't Scold: As hard as it is not to do so, scolding your child may only make the situation worse. It actually isn't their fault. So don't try to shame them into stopping wetting the bed. You'll only end up hurting them.
About the Author
For great tips check out the new pregnancy forums ! PregnancyHow.com is the leading resource for programs for kids and teens and difficult teens !
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 154
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources