Bedwetting is not simply for children who are being toilet trained. In fact, for some older children, mastering the art of staying dry at night doesn’t just happen overnight and they can still continue to wet the bed even when they are eight, nine or even ten years of age.
To help mums, we have compiled a list of tips and advice on how you can help your little one who is still struggling to stay dry.
Is it new or ongoing?
Firstly, ask yourself is this a new thing that is happening or has been ongoing since you started toilet training. If it has been a problem since training you don’t need to be overly worried. However, if it is a new problem there might be cause for concern.
If it has only started recently happening
If your little one has only recently started bed wetting, they may have a urinary tract infection or are dealing with something deeper. Talk to a doctor to rule out an infection and then talk to your little one to discuss if there is something happening. Children who are being bullied or are experiencing feelings of stress can often revert back to bedwetting.
The most important thing you can do
For all children, the most important thing you should never do is give out to them. While you might be annoyed at the extra washing, they no doubt feel embarrassed and ashamed. So it is important you don’t make it any worse. Remember, bedwetting can actually be a genetic issue.
Try to stay as positive as possible. When they wake up dry, offer them praise and congratulate them for not wetting the bed. As mentioned above, don’t make a big deal if they do wet the bed and avoid any negative feedback. Reward charts can also be a good incentive.
Bring them to the toilet
As your child gets older, you often rely on them to know to go to the toilet before bed, however, it is important you make sure they do. Make it a bedtime ritual, perhaps toilet, teeth, story and sleep.
Avoid giving them too much liquids
While it is important your don’t stop your child having a drink in the evenings if they are feeling thirsty, try to avoid giving them too much. For most kids, a small sip of water is enough to curb any thirst.
Go to the doctor
If your child is still struggling even after trying the above, you might want to take them to the doctor to rule out any problems.