FAQs on Bedwetting
If you have an older child who still wets his bed, it could be rather disturbing - for you, and for your child. Think about it. It's something he can't talk about with his classmates, because they will make fun of him. He also probably feels that he's the only kid in the world who's going through this. There are a million questions running through his head. Here are just a few of them. Have a chat with your child, and explain these points to him.
I'm 'big' now. Why do I still wet the bed?
We know that everyone has to urinate.
Your urine is stored in a little bag in your body, which is called the
bladder. When this bladder gets full, it has to be emptied so more urine
can be stored. So, the bladder stretches and stretches till it is full,
and then it sends a signal telling you to go to the bathroom. Sometimes,
if you are fast asleep and having a nice dream, you might not hear your
bladder calling you, and the bladder empties on its own. The result? You've
wet the bed.
Am I the only child my age who still wets the bed?
No, you're certainly not alone. There
are some children who still wet the bed, even at your age. In your classroom
itself there must be at least 2 to 3 other children who wet their bed.
But of course, they wont tell you. Just like you wouldn't like to tell
What can I do about it?
One of the easiest ways to stop bedwetting is to avoid drinking water at night, before going to sleep. Also, make sure you go to the bathroom and urinate before turning in.
Don't feel embarrassed about speaking
to your doctor about this. After all, he is there to help. Don't
try and hide the fact that you wet your bed from your parents.
What can you, as a parent, do?
Keep a record of the number of times he wets his bed.
Try and get your hands on a bedwetting alarm. This wakes up your child the minute he starts wetting his bed. Slowly, the child will get used to waking up every time he has to urinate. However, this method takes some time.
Make sure he visits the bathroom
before going to sleep.
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