Bed Wetting in Kids: How to Help Stop?
Bedwetting or night time incontinence is pretty common in babies. Waking up in the middle of a night to check whether the baby has wet the bed is a tough task. But, pressurizing or scolding the child for not wetting the bed is not a suitable solution. This doesn’t happen only with young babies but children between the age of 5-10 also suffer from this issue. Below are some tips that may help your baby stop bedwetting and provide you a sense of relief.
Tips for Parents to help a child Stop Urinating in Sleep
Make Child Pee before Bed
Urinating before sleeping routine is very effective in stopping them from wetting the bed in the midnight. Ask them to pee 15 minutes prior hitting the sack. An empty bladder before sleeping will not make them feel the urge to pee in the midnight.
Try to Control Fluid Intake just before Bed Time
For several years, we have been listening to this fact from our parents and grandparents that we should avoid excess fluid intake before going to bed. When the bladder is full or about to be full, kids will feel the urge to pee in the midnight. Also, never allow them to have any caffeinated drink before sleeping (or anytime). By controlling the fluid intake, I don’t mean you should reduce the fluid amount in a day; rather I emphasize on making the fluid intake regime even throughout the day so that your child doesn’t have to drink a lot of water before sleeping.
Don’t Scold or Punish
Scolding or punishing a baby every time he wets the bed is not at all a prolific solution for bedwetting. Rather they will be scared and won’t tell you even if they have wet their bed. Also, never make fun of their bedwetting problem. This will do nothing but add to his embarrassment, fear and stress which no parents want.
Don’t Forcefully Wake Them Up
It’s very important to understand that making a kid stop bedwetting doesn’t imply to create an inconvenience or a negative feeling for them. Never wake them up forcefully. You should figure out the right time to wake them up. If they are not waking up easily, try to change the bed sheet without waking them forcefully.
Reward for Not Wetting Bed
Rewards always work in the case of children. Giving them rewards every time they escape wetting the bed will encourage them to sustain this habit and maintain it.
Solid bowel movements are often a major issue that causes bedwetting. The excess load of bowel limits the bladder’s capacity leading to the urge of peeing in the middle of the night. Medication for constipation can be helpful in such cases.
Talk to Doctor
It’s very important to take a doctor’s advice when your child often wets his bed. A doctor may diagnose the actual cause of bedwetting. Sometimes a doctor may suggest medication that prevents the bladder from overfilling in the night. Also, if your child pees pretty often or continues bedwetting for several months, you must visit a doctor for proper treatment.
Let them play outside, make them physically active. Keep their diet healthy
A healthy diet and an active body is very helpful in preventing the children from keeping body hydrated in day time. Obese children are more likely to wet the bed in comparison to fit and healthy children.
Stop Using Diapers Completely: At Right Age
Using diapers for a long time affects a child’s psychology as he feels that it’s completely okay to pee during the sleep as the diaper is there. Once they know or after a point of time they discover that they don’t have nappy or diaper to keep them dry, they will develop the habit of going to the washroom to pee. Stopping the use of nappy at right age will help your child’s brain to send a signal when his bladder is full.
Control Room Temperature
Too cold rooms can be a culprit of bed wetting. Maintaining the right temperature in which your child feels comfortable and sleeps properly can help him control the habit of bedwetting.
Making your baby stop bedwetting at the right age will prevent chronic bedwetting issue. Consulting a doctor is very important if this problem is not controlled even after taking all the measures. Chronic bedwetting gives birth to many other problems like fatigue, irritability, feeling sleepy most of the time, hyperactivity etc. Following the above tips may help your child get rid of frequent bedwetting.