Coping with Bedwetting
With treatment, a child who is struggling with bedwetting can find long-term relief. Most often, in time, this problem will end.
However, bedwetting can be extremely stressful for families. Several things can help you cope as you decide how to manage a child's bedwetting:
- Remember, bedwetting is not the child's fault. Avoid punishing or teasing your child.
- Encourage regular bathroom visits during the day. Your child should try to go at least 5 times per day and just before bed.
- Your child should have at least one bowel movement each day. Stool should be well formed and soft. Ask your pediatrician how to improve bowel health, if necessary.
- Avoid foods high in sugar, carbonated and caffeinated beverages in children.
- Drinking should take place mostly during the day, just sips 1-2 hours before bed.
- Have your child wear Pull-Ups® training pants when your child sleeps outside the home.
- To help manage bedwetting: use a mattress protector, washable/ disposable products and room deodorizers.
- After an accident, wash the child and use petroleum jelly to prevent skin chafing.
- Keep a calendar to write down how well a treatment is working.
- Remember that enuresis ends on its own for most children (rate of about 15% per year)!