If your little one is constantly wetting the bed, you will know just how frustrating and distressing it can be. And, sadly, despite it being a common childhood condition, many mums suffer in silence for fear of embarrassing or making their child feel ashamed.
However, bedwetting can be very easily treated. These tips will help you get started on your path to dry nights.
1. Ensure your child has a generally healthy diet and lifestyle
Ask them how they are getting on at school or if they are anxious about anything, in particular, to rule out the possibility that stress is causing it.
2. Create a calm bedtime routine
A warm bath or shower followed by reading your child’s favourite bedtime story may help to settle and relax them.
3. Turn off or turn down the lights in your child’s bedroom
Did you know that changes in light can lead to the release of vasopressin which can cause bedwetting? So turn down all lights and make their bedroom as dark as possible.
4. Make going to the toilet part of their bedtime routine
You should also make sure they know how to get to the toilet in the middle of the night: Is the door open? Is there a light to guide the way? Is there an easy route from the bedroom?
5. Try to avoid lifting them in the middle of the night
This is unlikely to help with bedwetting in the long run. Instead, you should support your child in overcoming bedwetting on their own.
6. Have spare bedding and pyjamas close to hand
This way sleep will be minimally disrupted; remember to use a plastic sheet on their mattress and duvet.
7. Use a reward chart to encourage dry nights
Why not give them treats or stickers for going to the toilet regularly, and remember to praise them.
8. Encourage your child to drink six glasses of water a day
This will help encourage them to go to the toilet regularly.
9. Avoid caffeinated or fizzy drinks, especially in the evenings
These types of beverages can actually increase the need to urinate.
10. Keep calm
As frustrating and stressful as bedwetting can be, it is important to remember that it is not your child’s fault.
11. Seek support from your GP
Finally, while you may be reluctant to seek medical help until you have tried all avenues, the earlier your child is treated the less likely bedwetting will return.