UhBedwets or Bedwetting, this happens when a child pees during sleep without knowing it. Most children stop bedwetting between the ages of 5 and 6 years and most children outgrow bedwetting on their own. Generally, wetting before age7 isn’t a concern, At this age, your child may still be developing nighttime bladder control. But if bedwetting continues to treat the problem with patience and understanding, lifestyle change, bladder training, moisture alarm, and sometimes medication which is not advisable.
THINGS TO NOTE ON BEDWETS/ BEDWETTING
1. Bedwetting is more commoner in a male child than a female.
2. The underlying cause is usually bladder not yet matured
3. 15% of children age 5 or older actually stop wetting the bed each year
4. There are chances that there is a family history of bedwetting as well
5. Most children stop bedwetting at the age their parents also stop bedwetting.
HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD STOP BEDWETTING
1. Shift times for drinking, increase fluid intake earlier in the day and reduce it later in the day
2. Schedule bathroom breaks. Get your child on regular urination schedule i.e every 2- 3 hours and before bedtime
3. Avoid overload. If schools allow, give your child a water bottle so they can drink steadily all day. This avoids excessive thirst after school.
4 Eliminate bladder irritants: At night start by eliminating coffee, chocolate, milk and Cocoa
5. Don’t wake children up to urinate, randomly waking up a child at night and asking him or her to urinate on demand isn’t the answer, either will only lead to more sleeplessness and frustration.
6. Don’t resort to punishment-: Getting angry at your child doesn’t help him learn. To bring out change and solutions doesn’t need to involve conflict.
As a parent, you don’t need to be frustrated because your child has still bedded wets or bedwetting the bed at night or you’ve tried limiting liquids after dinner or you’ve woken your child up in the middle of the night to empty his / her bladder and still no changes then try this
TRY BEDWETTING ALARM IF OTHER OPTIONS FAIL.
If the above strategize doesn’t help, a bedwetting alarm is often the solution. You will just clip the alarm to the child underwear or place it on the pad on the bed; once the device detects any moisture, the alarm goes on. “But parents shouldn’t expect the alarm to wake up the child. Instead, this is a signal that they need to get up to wake their child; get him or her into the bedroom.; Clean off the bed, and repeat the process.
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