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7 Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting

Posted Mar 20 2013 9:44am

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Article Contributed by Austin Sheeley

Dealing with bedwetting may not be a highlight of parenting, but it doesn’t have to be a major hardship either. Though there’s no instant cure, there are several things you can do to help your child overcome bedwetting sooner.

Caffeine isn’t great for children (or even adults), but let’s face it—most children consume caffeine through soda, chocolate or maybe even energy drinks . Along with boosting one’s energy levels , caffeine also increases urine production. So if your child struggles with bedwetting, it’s best to limit any caffeinated foods or beverages to before dinner.

Another cause of bedwetting is stress. If your child regularly “feels sick” even though they show no symptoms or if your child exhibits negative behavior changes, this could indicate they’re feeling stressed. You can help by talking to them about why they’re stressed. If it’s a problem that can be solved, help them out. If not, help them learn how to deal with stress through breathing exercises or de-stressing activities such as playing games.

When a child’s body is overtired, they’re less likely to wake up when they need to pee. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each night. You can also improve the quality of their sleep by having a consistent bedtime routine and turning off electronics such as computers, TVs and phones an hour before bed. If your child still has trouble getting to sleep, more exercise during the day will help.

Often children will be constipated without they or their parents realizing it. Symptoms include infrequent or painful bowel movements , large or hard stools, abdominal pain, and potentially bedwetting. To treat constipation, make sure your child gets plenty of high fiber foods such as beans, fruits and veggies. Drinking lots of water will also help. In severe cases a laxative may be needed.

Approximately 20% of children continue bedwetting after age 6. These kids usually need a little extra help to overcome bedwetting, or the issue may persist into teen years. Bedwetting alarms wake the wearer as soon as they begin to urinate so they can get up and go to the bathroom. This process teaches their brain when to respond to a full bladder. Bedwetting alarm treatments take between 2 and 3 months but the results last a lifetime.

Whatever method you take to help your child overcome bedwetting, the results won’t be instantaneous. But until then, you can make nighttime cleanups a lot easier for your family by getting diapers or absorbent briefs for your child and waterproof underpads for their bed.

Sometimes children feel guilty about bedwetting, even though it’s something they can’t control. They know it’s a hassle for you to deal with, so having them help with the cleanup can rid them of any feelings of guilt and help them feel they have more control over the situation.

Austin Sheeley is a pediatric health blogger for , an online resource for families trying to overcome bedwetting. Follow them on  Facebook  or  Twitter .

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