children is a cause of concern for many parents. Anxiety and nervousness are
common causes of this disorder in children. Let us take a look at few ways to
stop bed-wetting in children.
Bed-wetting is a pretty common problem amongst young children and is
termed as “night time incontinence” in the medical world. More than 15% kids
between the ages 2 to 6 suffer from this issue while the percentage drops to 5%
in kids between ages of 7 to 12. Most kids outgrow this problem naturally but
sometimes parental intervention is required.
Offer Reassurance and Comfort
Children who suffer from bed-wetting are often aware that there is
something wrong with their behaviour and may actually feel very nervous around bedtime. This nervousness
and anxiety worsens the problem
making the bed-wetting more frequent. Parents should step in with comfort and
assurance and explain to the child that this is a common issue in childhood.
The mental support of the parent will give the child confidence to tackle this
Timed Bathroom Trips
Make sure that your child visits the washroom before his or her bedtime as
emptying the bladder is important before going to sleep. As an extra precaution
you should also carry the kid to the washroom before you retire for the night. Paediatricians
recommend giving a kid who suffers from bed-wettingfewer
fluids around bedtime. However, be aware of the fact that your kid should
consume required amount of fluid throughout the day.
Lure your kid to work a little harder towards achieving bladder control at
night. Since it is only the child who can end the problem on a subconscious
level you need to make the child want to conquer the problem. Devise small
gifts like favourite cartoon stickers, erasers, pencils or happy stars that can
be given to your child after each night of successful bladder control. When
your child earns 7 rewards treat him or her to ice cream sundae or favourite
pizza. However, in case your kid fails to achieve rewards do not make the
mistake of punishing.
Young kids are frequent sufferers of constipation and this worsens the
problem of bed-wetting. The rectum is situated just behind the urinary bladder
so when the rectum is filled up there is pressure on the bladder. Make sure
that your kids consume lots of fluids and fibre during daytime so that
constipation chances are reduced. Stick to a specific poop washroom visit
ritual to regularize the habit of your kids.
Treat Medication as a last Option
It may not be safe to use over-the counter medicines to stop bed-wetting in
children. Medication does tackle the problem of bed-wetting but generates side
effects like headache, nausea and facial flushes. Sometimes medication treats
symptoms and not the underlying problem. Your paediatrician needs to do a
thorough physical check up of your child and test for potential drug allergies
before you discuss various medication options that are available to cure bed-wetting.
Use a Moisture Alarm
The moisture alarm is a special alarm clock which will wake up your kid the
moment the bed starts getting wet. Sleep disruption will automatically prompt
the brain to resume bladder control. The moisture alarm method has high
affectivity but will only work when the kid is as willing to end the bed-wetting
problem as you. There are some pretty good options of these alarm clocks
available in market. But make sure that these alarms are safe to use for
If your kid is above the age of 8 and still wets the bed in spite of
repeated intervention measures then maybe you should check if there is an
emotional issue involved. Your child could have been the victim of physical or sexual
abuse leading to an anxiety or fear complex. Take your
kid to a counsellor who can take appropriate steps to cure the issue.
Bed-wetting is just one of the challenges that kid face while growing up and
being a source of support to your kid during this difficult phase is very
What are the causes of bed-wetting in
children? Is it safe to give medications to stop bed-wetting in children? How to
stop bed-wetting in children? Discuss here.
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