Self-esteem is a sensitive issue for children who wet the bed especially as the child grows older. Handling a bedwetting situation appropriately is important in boosting your child’s confidence, avoiding embarrassment and helping them on the path to dryness. Wondering what you can do and how to stop bedwetting and affecting your child’s self-esteem? Here are some practical ways to provide your child with comfort, support, and reassurance on the journey to dryness. Boost your child’s self-esteem today.
Discuss your child’s bed wetting with a pediatrician
Discuss with your child that bedwetting is common with children their age and that they are not alone. It is normal for children to wet the bed until they are about 6 years old and then stop. There is usually no need to seek medical treatment. But if a child is older than 6 years of age and is still unable to sleep dry at night or if the nighttime bed wetting problem is causing concern, it’s a good idea to visit your pediatrician. Doctor’s will do a series of tests to rule out abnormalities and/or medical conditions that might be causing the bed wetting problem. Doctors also advice using a Bedwetting Alarm that train your child’s brain to know that they have to get up and use the bathroom. Visiting a doctor can also help put your mind at ease about your child’s bed-wetting. Knowing that bed wetting is a medical problem treated by doctors may help alleviate your child’s shame or embarrassment. You and your child can discuss that you’re going to address bed-wetting the same way you would address another medical condition.
Talk to your child about bedwetting
Bedwetting isn’t something kids talk about with each other, so your child might feel like they are the only kid at their age who still wets the bed. Be sure to tell him that millions of children, teenagers and adults regularly wet the bed at night. Tell them that there are several children in their class with a bed wetting problem that they don’t know about. Your child may feel like they are doing something wrong if they wet the bed, so you and can let them know that it’s not their fault. It is be useful to explain to children who wet the bed that enuresis is often caused by a delayed development of the bladder. Explain to them that many kids who wet the bed at night are deep sleepers, which means they don’t wake up when they need to go to the bathroom.
Don’t get angry when your child wets the bed
Your child is already very upset and ashamed for wetting the bed at night. Children want to stay dry at night. They do not wet the bed on purpose and bedwetting is not a child’s fault. Do not get angry at your child. Do not shout at them or punish them; stay calm and positive. Punishing your child for wetting the bed can make the problem worse, and damage your child’s self-esteem.
One of the best bedwetting treatments to do to help your child’s self-esteem is to encourage them and give them hope that they will overcome the bed wetting problem. Give your child accolades for waking up dry and recognize this success. If you have other children, make sure that the siblings know that teasing about bedwetting is not allowed. Use waterproof mattress pads to keep their mattress clean.