There seems to be a phase that all children go through and that is bedwetting. Bedwetting is common and could be because of transitioning into potty training or just accidents as they get a little older and start Pre-K and kindergarten.
If your child is wetting the bed, it does not reflect your parenting skills at all, so do not feel like a failure if there is bedwetting in your house. But if your child is having trouble staying dry throughout the night, you need to keep reading to discover ten ways to help your child stop bedwetting once and for all!
10 Remain Calm If Accidents Happen
Remember back when you were your child’s age, we know that you probably had some accidents at night too. And we know that when you did have an accident you felt bad having to go wake up your parents and tell them what happened.
This is exactly how your child is feeling about it too! If your child has had an accident at night, make sure that you remain calm about the situation. Don’t cause a scene when you are changing their sheets, instead talk to your child and try to cheer them up from them feeling bad about it.
9 Try To Get Your Child On A Bathroom Schedule
All humans are creatures of habit, we like doing the same thing every day and this includes when we go to the bathroom. Since your child is still little they are still figuring out their daily lives. As a parent, you want to step in and try to help your child get on a bathroom schedule. Their schedule should be at the beginning and end of the day as well as a few trips to the bathroom throughout the day as well. You do not need them to be in the bathroom at the exact time every day down to the minute, but you should have them going around the same time.
8 Make A Reward Chart
Overall, kids generally respond to positive reinforcement and bedwetting problems can sometimes be resolved if there is a reward chart in play. Your child is going to be able to see their progress every time they put a sticker on their board to reach an overall reward. This reward can be anything, from letting their friends come over to going to the amusement park. These rewards will keep your child working towards keeping the bed dry for bigger reasons. So grab some poster board and start making your reward chart today!
7 Stay Positive
Kids are great at picking up on how their parents are feeling. If you are getting frustrated or angry that your child is bedwetting then they are going to feel even worse about the situation. You need to be their cheerleader and stay positive to show that you are hopeful. Just being positive and believe in your child can stop bedwetting can boost their confidence about it making them more inclined to stop bedwetting. Make sure you stay positive and talk to other moms to know that you are not alone with this issue.
6 Have The Bathroom Be Easy To Access
One of the problems with your child wetting the bed can be because the bathroom is too far away from them. There can be times that by the time your child wakes up and starts to get out of bed they could not hold it anymore and had an accident. And if their room is down the hall from the toilet then it can be even harder for them to hold it. Make sure your child has easy access to the bathroom and that nothing is blocking their bath in their room or in the hallway.
5 Use Positive Bathroom Talk
Since kids pick up how we feel and talk about their bedwetting issues can be because there is negative bathroom talk in your house. If you are referring to the bathroom as dirt, nasty, gross, and anything else along those lines then your child is going to start thinking that the bathroom is bad. This can make them not even what to use the bathroom at all. Whenever you talk about the bathroom make sure you are staying positive about it since everyone has to use the bathroom to function!
4 Talk To Your Child’s Pediatrician
Many times when a child is having a bedwetting problem it is just a phase in their lives. But there can be times when bedwetting is more than a phase. If your child is having little or no important with their bedwetting then you are going to want to talk to your child’s pediatrician to see if there is an underlying cause. You might not know it, but there can be an issue for why your child is bedwetting that doctors can fix with medication. It’s better to be safe and talk to your child’s doctor today.
3 Don’t Punish For Bedwetting
The biggest mistake that any parent can make when you are trying to stop your child from bedwetting it to punish them. Your child cannot control it and they are already feeling bad enough that they had an accident. Taking away their toys or sending them into a timeout is going to make them think that they are a bad child. If they think they are bad this can actually cause them to bed wet more by accident then help resolve the issue. Remember to stay encouraging and do not punish your child for bedwetting!
2 No Drinks Two Hours Before Bedtime
The main reason why your child is having accidents in bed is because they are drinking too much and too close to their bedtime! To help combat bedwetting you should not allow your child to drink anything two hours before their bedtime.
This can help their bladder since there is no excess waste in it, making it easy for their bladder to hold it in until the morning. If you can, try not to let them have any drinks after supper and see if that helps even more with the bedwetting accidents.
1 Have Them Try Going Before Bed
Kids are constantly thinking about the next thing they are going to do meaning that they forget to do basic things like making time for the bathroom. Make sure that before your child goes to bed they try to use the bathroom. They don’t have to sit there until they go, but even just encouraging your child to sit on the toilet for ten minutes can send signals to their brain that this is the time to go. This little step added to their bedtime routine can really help keep them dry at night.