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Help With Bed Wetting.

Updated on November 30, 2017

Help For Dry Nights

Dry nights for children can be a very trying time, and the younger your child, the more likely he or she will wet the bed. About 15% of children still wet the bed at age seven. By age 10, those figures have dropped to 3% of boys and 2% of girls. This problem can continue on into the teen years, so it is important that parents have good information at hand to help children deal with it.

Families often feel isolated and under pressure because of the stress caused by this issue and others such as sickness and stomach problems, as well as the stigma that surrounds them. Bed soaker sheets are a helpful product which provides a simple solution whether the sufferer is a child or adult. Bed-wetting sheets toilet training mattress protector which can save a lot of washing when those accidents happen.

Helping Children To Stop Wetting The Bed

Ideas to help with bed-wetting problems

Bed-wetting is a problem in many homes, but with patience, and the right kind of understanding the cause of why it is happening, and working with it, can be overcome eventually.

Just look forward to those dry-night days - Happy Days.

Bed-wetters can be very lonely kids

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Bed-wetting need not be a big deal.

Most children do not need treatment for bedwetting, as the problem should resolve, on its own, with time.

Here are some tips that may be helpful.

1. Reassure your child that it is a very normal, make it easier on your child by reminding them to go to the toilet just before going to bed.

2. Try not to let them drink fluids after 6 p m, and never let them drink anything with caffeine in, such as cola, tea or coffee, as it can irritate the bladder. If they do need to drink, keep it small.

3. Some parents find, that getting the child up, to go to the toilet, when they go to bed, works well, and many children hardly notice the disruption.

4. Try a reward system, that gives them a special present, for a certain number of nights of having a dry bed.

5. When you have to change the bed, don't make a drama out of it, even though it's annoying, having to do the extra laundry.

Certainly don't shout or discipline the child physically. Keep a clean set of sheets and pyjamas handy, so you can change them quickly.

5. Using the disposable slim-fit absorbent pants, called pull-ups, takes much of the stress away, and all of the laundry out of the equation.They are discreet and work well with the other night-training techniques.

6. Consider a covering for the bed, such as a product like a brolly sheet, which is a nice-looking waterproof sheet covering made of 100% cotton gingham in different colours that can be whipped off and replaced within minutes.

They are expensive but nicer than plastic.

7. If your child is anxious about sleeping at someone else's house, send them prepared with a pull-up or brolly sheet, and make sure you talk to the parents.

Ask the caregivers simply to bundle it all into a plastic bag, and stash it away for you to pick it up or dispose of the next day.

8. Consult your GP about using a bed-wetting buzzer, particularly if your child is over seven years of age.

These can be very helpful if used properly.

9. You can always help your child train their bladder. Your GP will be able to advise you, but it involves drinking liquids then holding on for a short while to stretch the bladder a little at a time.

10. If your child suddenly starts wetting their bed, it is a good idea to see your doctor, check it isn't a symptom of something else.

Watch what your child drinks after 6 pm.

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How To Stop Bed Wetting

Help with Bed-Wetting

In this video, this person shows you how to stop bedwetting in older children by using a bed wetting alarm.

She personally used the Malem Ultimate Bedwetting Alarm with her son and it worked great!

If needing help with children and bed wetting, watch the video for all of the details, could be very helpful.

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Bedwetting in children: ERIC can help

This film explores the reasons for bedwetting, its impact on 2 young people and their families and explains how the charity ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) helps families to help themselves.

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

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    • trotter2099 profile image


      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Keeping a child dry at night can be quite a difficult and frustrating endevour. This Hub is right though it takes patience and the ability to stay calm. Thank you for the advice.*Versi...

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      moonlake: Your comment was very welcomed, thanks.

      If more people like you commented on articles like this, it would be very helpful to the families that are searching for help.

      It would have been interesting, what would have happened if you had suggested going to a doctor at a younger age.

      You are a good parent to have gone through all those years of bed wetting and keeping your cool.

    • moonlake profile image


      3 years ago from America

      We had a bed wetter and the same child was a sleep walker. I would just change the sheets each day make sure the child took a shower every morning. We never got mad, by the time the child was 11 I let this child know that it was time to see the doctor, find out just what was going on. I had been in contact with the doctor all along, by his orders we waited till the child was 11. Once I told that child it was time to see the doctor, the child stopped wetting the bed and never did again. I know that was very hard for that child to stop wetting. Voted up on your hub.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @darciefrench lm: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes I can go with inheritance component bit.

      Hope it all works out well with your husbands daughters.

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      Patience and like you say, removing the drama. Hubby wet the bed until he was 15 years old, and both his daughters did (our ten y/o still does) - so we figure it's just one of those things. So important to love bed wetters unconditionally. My first two daughters from previous relationships were dry from 2 years old, so I figure the karmic inheritance has a geneologic component for sure. Thanks for the help for parents struggling with this issue and I appreciate the products offered to help.


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