Don’t be discouraged if your child wets the bed every night. It is a challenge that you and your child can overcome through diligence and patience. Children under 6 years old do wet the bed; this is not abnormal or a cause for concern. However, if your child continues to wet the bed after age 7 or 8, then consult with your pediatrician. Nighttime bladder control is a physical and developmental process so be assured that with support and guidance, your child will outgrow the bedwetting and will eventually master dry nights. Young children need their parents to help them make the transition to dry nights. Do not hold high expectations for a process that they have little or no control over. The key to an easy transition is for parents to be well informed.
Children may wet the bed because:
- - Their bladders have not fully matured. This lack of muscle strength is causing them to wet the bed.
- - Stresses in children’s lives can cause bedwetting. The stress could come from the presence of a new baby, divorce, moving, transition into a new school or getting a new teacher, death, family crisis, or physical changes such as diabetes.
- - Severe discipline, abuse, threats, inconsistent care-giving can be an emotional cause for bedwetting. Parental yelling and fighting, sudden emotional instability can cause serious psychological strain.
- - The kidneys of some children produce more urine than a normal sized bladder can hold.
- - There is a hormone that is not yet developed in children, which causes the kidneys to slow their production of urine during the sleeping hours. Studies have shown that children who wet the bed simply cannot wake up in time to go to the bathroom.
Here are some helpful steps to deal with bedwetting:
- - Never punish, bribe, use rewards/sticker charts or demand that your child stay dry during the night.
- - Listen to the concerns of your child. Children rarely wet the bed on purpose. Take the time to listen to their fears and concerns.
- - Assure your child that you are there to help and support him. Always be matter of fact so that he doesn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed.
- - To avoid putting your child in a pull-up or in Goodnites - wake him up in the middle of the night before you go to bed for one last bathroom visit. It took us 6 months of waking our son up before his own body was ready to wake on its own –and it was right before he turned 7 years old.
See a doctor if your child has had long periods of dryness and then suddenly begins to wet the bed again. A lot of patience and a little knowledge can help you and your child understand and deal with bedwetting.
We received a great Goodnites kit to help our little guy learn and cope with dry nights. The company sent us the new Goodnite Bed Mats to try out. We look forward to helping our little guy get back to sleep without being worried of being wet. Check out the site at http://www.goodnites.com/
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Sometimes it’s difficult to get our kids to do things we need them to do. Incorporating play with your requests can help your child focus and follow through with a task. A child’s imagination is flourishing at this age and continues to become more sophisticated as she get older.
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