As you keep training your child not to wet the bed, consider a few bed wetting tips that can help ensure drier mornings and make the process easier.
How To Stop Bed Wetting
This is the advice most often given to parents about children’s bed wetting. Although it is difficult advice to follow, it is also sound advice to a point. Since bed wetting often corrects itself in part or in full with time, a combination of some treatments and some patience is often necessary for success.
When trying new bed wetting solutions, it is often a good idea to give the treatments time to work, as well. There are no “instant” resolutions for bed wetting, and trying many remedies in rapid succession is not likely to work. In fact, it will not solve the problem but will often frustrate you as well.
Take it one step at a time.
You can’t expect your child to stop bed wetting overnight. For many children, the process takes months or years, and even then the occasional “accident” can happen. Take things one step at a time, slowly helping your child and celebrating successes (such as a week or a record three days dry in a row). Rushing will not accomplish anything and will just put unnecessary pressure on the child.
Try one method at a time and carefully record on paper how effective it is (the easiest way to do this is to mark off which nights are dry and which are not so that you can see if there is an improvement). If you try several methods or bed wetting medication at once, you will have no way of knowing which remedies are working and which are not.
Give a method time to work before tossing it aside.
In general, most methods should give you at least some minor result within two weeks. However, some methods may take longer to show effect. Do not be in a rush to try every method. The goal is to help your child, and you do not want to overlook a method that would work just because you want “instant” answers. If you have not seen improvement in a few weeks, though, by all means try some other method to see whether your child can find relief some way.
Combine some tips for best results.
Where no interaction is a factor, try combining tips to get great results. For example, you can often combine natural or homeopathic alternative therapies with behavior modification. Most tips work well with comfort tips such as protecting sheets. Of course, you do not want to combine medications, but combining behavioral modification with some natural supplement or dietary changes may do the trick.
If you are going to be combining remedies, make sure above else that the two methods will not be dangerous together. Then, introduce each therapy to your child one at a time so that your child can get used to each treatment and so that you can observe any adverse effects.
Try simplest methods first.
You want the best for your child, but the best is not always the most complicated or high tech method. With young children, especially, simplest methods are best. They also tend to be the most effective. For example, low-cost moisture detector alarms have very high rates of efficiency, even when compared to high-priced training. Look for inexpensive treatments that are simple enough for your child to understand. If those are ineffective, then you can move on to other methods.
If you start with the most complicated gadgets and solutions, you may find yourself spending a lot money than you planned if that first treatment does not work. Plus, if you put too much faith in the latest high-tech solution and your child’s problem is not resolved, both you and your child will have to deal with the disappointment.
Keep your expectations realistic (gradual improvement over time) and keep your solutions simple. Both your child and your wallet will thank you for it.
Understand all risks before you begin
Some methods of bed wetting treatment have almost no risks (think of the honey cure or visualization, for example). Some are risky when administered improperly (alternative or holistic medicine, chiropractic therapy) and some are risky (all medications carry risks of side effects). Make sure that you understand what can go wrong with each treatment before you begin it. Make sure that you can cope with the eventuality if it happens.
Of course, you should try low-risk options (behavior modification, for example) before higher risk options (such as medication). It makes sense to keep your child safe, especially if the bed wetting issue can be resolved with no possible injury. Move onto riskier methods if the low-risk methods do not seem to be working after a few weeks.
Keep your eye on the big picture
As you browse through this blog, you may be excited that so many possible solutions exist for bed wetting. However, do not focus on these tips so much that you lose track.
Your main goal is to make your child feel comfortable and to help your child feel happy.
If you can do this with methods for getting rid of bed wetting, then great. However, putting the focus on your child first means that you will not lose track of your child’s comfort level as your try to help your child stop wetting the bed.
New research has suggested than an alternative treatment called magnetic therapy has been shown useful in treating bed wetting in some children. A Korean University has found that children who were given treatment four times a week were less likely to suffer from Enuresis.
In this therapy, the child’s pelvic floor is exposed to the magnetic therapy by having the child use a special magnetic chair. More research needs to be done on this, but it is thought that in the future, this therapy will be used to treat some children.
Check for rashes
Once of the only physical effects of bed wetting is possible skin irritation and skin rashes cause by having urine so close to the body. This problem is most common in children who wear absorbent underpants or who wet the bed very frequently. In most cases, these rashes can be prevented with frequent mild washing and maybe with a soothing cream.
Check for Infection
Some children, especially younger children, though, may scratch at irritated skin. Left untreated, this can cause an infection, which causes even more unnecessary misery. If your child has an infection, you need to prevent scratching by keeping the child’s nails clipped short. You also need to visit your doctor for a medicated cream to treat the infection.
Since bed wetting can affect the skin, it is important to care for your child‘s skin or teach your child to care for his or her skin carefully. Any signs of skin soreness should be treated promptly to prevent unnecessary suffering or infection. Infection is usually characterized by a wet, sore-looking skin area. Sometimes, yeast becomes active on the skin because of the moisture. When this happens, the skin may look bright red and spotted with pale flecks. For this infection, the doctor will often prescribe an anti-yeast medicated cream.
Consider Dry Bed Training
Some clinics offer a sort of intensive and advanced behavioral modification approach to bed wetting called “dry bed training.” This can only be done by a professional, or with professional help, as it is quite complicated.
Children using this approach learn to stop wetting the bed through a combination of urine retention training, urine alarm system, self-correction, rapid waking training, positive affirmations and reinforcement, larger water intake, and toilet training. Some clinics and hospitals offer this program.
Your pediatrician or urologist may be able to help you find the training program nearest you. Because of the sometimes high cost of this method, it is often restricted to those patients who have tried many other methods with no success.
Take care of the problems the bed wetting causes
Even if no method is immediately available in treating bed wetting, or if no method seems to work, parents can help children cope with bed wetting more effectively, knowing that the problem will in most cases go away by itself. Even while you are waiting for methods to take effect, though, you may want to consider treating the problems that bed wetting causes.
After all, bed wetting itself is not dangerous or a huge problem. When children are upset by bed wetting, what they are often really reacting to are some of the problems associated with the problem. As a parent, you can help your child deal with these problems. When you do, your child will worry less about the problem and will be better able to handle the problem as you try treatment or as you wait for it to pass. Take advantage of these bed wetting tips and be patient when trying treatments.
Love your child
If you are reading this book and trying to help your child, then you likely don’t need to be told – but does your child? Children who are experiencing bed wetting and treatment for the problem often experience great upheavals of emotions. They need your love more than ever, and they especially need to be told that they are loved – right now. Being affectionate and loving with your child will help reassure your child more than anything that he or she is still loved and accepted. This can help give your child the strength to get over teasing and the other problems associated with bed wetting.
Don’t just assume your child knows you love them – especially if you have been short-tempered with them concerning bed wetting or bed wetting treatment. Tell them.
Now that you have pondered many ways to help your child with bed wetting, the time has come to choose which methods to use in helping your child.
You may have chosen some methods to put into practice already or you may be wondering where to begin. You will notice that the methods of dealing with bed wetting fall into a few broad categories:
- Time and patience: Often the most-recommended method, this means that parents and children wait until the body on its own learns to stop losing bladder control at night. This can be a frustrating method, but tends to be an effective one, as most children tend to outgrow the problem on their own with time. All methods require at least a small dose of time and patience to work.
- Behavior Modification: This method works by trying to “teach” the body to wake up in time in order to go to the bathroom. Various methods are used in this treatment. Moisture detector alarms, making bathroom access easier, visualization, and other techniques are all used.
- Reduction of Mess or Problem: Some parents simply see bed wetting as a natural part of childhood, and work to simply reduce the mess and inconvenience. A number of products on the market today exist to help with this goal, including mattress liners, sleeping bad liners, disposable absorbent underpants, non-disposable absorbent products, and many others.
These can all make mornings more pleasant until the child learns to sleep “dry.” In many cases, you should use one of these methods no matter what method you are using, as “accidents” may occur.
- Medical Treatment: Some parents seek doctor help with bed wetting. This can be a good idea if a parent suspects an underlying cause may be the real problem behind bed wetting. Even if the cause is not medical, doctors can prescribe medication that can control bed wetting.
- Holistic Treatment: A number of alternative treatments exist which help children with bed wetting. Eating honey, hypnotherapy, and other such treatments have been found effective by some parents, even though these treatments do not work for everyone and even though in some cases not much research has been done about the efficacy of these treatments.
- Proxy Treatment – Rather than treating the problem, some parents choose to treat the problems caused by the problem. This can mean helping a child cope with teasing or clean-up or discomfort. The idea is that if the problem is more bearable, the child will be able to wait for the problem to clear up on its own.
Also, proxy treatment acknowledges that it is often not bed wetting itself that is a problem, but rather it is the problems caused by it that seem unbearable.
Most parents use at least a few treatments, if not several. They may use a few remedies to control the mess of bed wetting, for example, and use others to actually resolve the problem. Different parents use different methods, just as different doctors will suggest different ways for dealing with bed wetting in older children. Whatever treatment system you choose for your child should have a few basic qualities. It should:
- Be accepted by the child
- Not make the problem worse
- Be safe
- Be effective
- Be affordable for your family
- Cause a minimum of disruption in the home
- Not require so much time that other family activities or responsibilities suffer
- Be a system that both the child and the parent feel comfortable with
- Suit your child’s and family’s specific circumstances
- Not interfere with normal child development and activities
There are many bedwetting treatment and tips throughout this blog that may have these qualities for your case. Choose those tips that make sense to you and give them a try to see if they help. Many parents have found help by following the advice on these pages, and now that you have the tips in this blog, you will be able to effect similar success stories with your own family.
Mornings will seem much nicer when your child is well rested and happy, so go back, choose the tips you want to try and start your way to calmer wake-ups.