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Beat Bedwetting

Help your child overcome bedwetting with these dried-and-true tricks.

Hearing your child call for you during the night may mean he has wet the bed. Even after being potty trained, many kids continue to accidentally wet the bed in the night. Knowing it’s normal doesn’t make it any easier. Besides, you’re tired of buying diapers, washing the sheets, and being awoken in the night. Maybe your child is getting older and it’s becoming an embarrassing problem. Is there anything you can do to help your child overcome this habit?

Whether it’s every night or once a month, is an ongoing problem since potty training began or a new issue that’s popped up, bedwetting is a hassle for parents and child. The type of treatment you use may depend on the child’s age. The older the child, the more aggressive the treatment may need to be. Here are a few tricks to help your child wake up dry each morning.

Home Remedies

The initial line of treatment usually includes home remedies. The more fluids a child drinks before bed, the greater her chance of wetting the bed. After dinner each evening, limit the amount of fluids your child drinks so less urine will be produced in the night. Caffeinated beverages stimulate the bladder, so they should be avoided during the evening hours. And have your child use the restroom right before getting in bed.

Night wakings (also known as lifting) work for many families. A few hours after falling asleep, wake your child and have her use the bathroom. Let her find her way to the bathroom on her own. Or if you have older children, let them set an alarm and do this on their own.

Each day, reward and praise your child when he wakes up dry. A sticker chart is one way to motivate kids toward dryness. After a certain number of stickers, give your child a reward.

Never, under any circumstance, should parents scold or punish a child for wetting the bed. Others in the family should never tease or make fun of the child. Parents should not talk about the bedwetting problem to other people in front of the child. These things only make the problem worse. Rather, remain patient, calm, and reassuring. Don’t make a big deal about the problem. When a bad night does happen, have your child assist in changing the sheets.

Alarms

Many families find relief with the use of a bedwetting alarm. Placed on the bed or on the child’s underwear, the battery-powered alarm sounds a beep or buzzing sound when moisture is detected. The child wakes up, turns off the alarm, and runs to the bathroom to finish. Then he changes his clothes and sheets, turns the alarm back on, and goes back to sleep.

The alarm must be consistently used for weeks or months in order to work. Mom, dad, and the child must be highly motivated to use the alarm, but it has a proven high success rate.

Medications

When home remedies and alarms fail to work, your pediatrician may recommend medication. Some medication causes the body to produce less urine during the night. This type of medicine may be especially useful for a child during an occasional sleepover. Other medication relaxes the bladder, making an alarm more effective.