There’s nothing worse than having to watch your child suffer. Bedwetting occurs when a child is unable to control his or her bladder. If your child consistently wets the bed, then it’s possible that some form of treatment is needed. This behavior is normal during the potty training phase, but if this continues after five or six years old, then it mightbe cause for concern. In some cases, home treatment is all that’s needed to help children get through their bedwetting.
If home treatment isn’t helping, then additional assistance will have to be obtained. It’s important to seek medical advice from your pediatrician as this could be a sign that your child has a health condition. Medical treatments can be used to help your child wet the bed less frequently or help them wake up whenever they need to go.
Treatment by Age
Treatment is determined by the age of your child. There are certain treatments that are best suited for children of a specific age range. When you take your child to the doctor, they will recommend a treatment based on your child’s age. Another factor the doctor will determine is your attitude about the bedwetting. It’s easier for the child to learn how to control their bladder when they feel as though the process is normal. You, the parent, play a significant role in encouraging and comfortingyour child during this process.
Available Treatment Options
There are three main treatments recommended by doctors, which include:
- Motivational Therapy: This is when the parent uses encouragement, rewards and motivation to help the child control their bed wetting. This requires you to refrain from punishing the child whenever they wet the bed.
- Moisture Alarms: These are worn on the child when they go to bed. When urine touches their clothing, an alarm sounds to wake them up. This is best used for older children.However, if your child shares a room with siblings then this treatment options may not be plausible.
- Desmopressin and Tricyclic Antidepressants: When children take these medications, it increases how much urine the bladder can hold or it causes the kidneys to release less urine.
You can also buy a reusable bed underpad to use throughout the treatment. Medical intervention should be considered if bedwetting is affecting your child’s self-esteem or negatively impacting their schoolwork or social life. In some cases, a combination of treatment is used.
Aside from being a supportive parent during this trying time, there are different steps you can take to help prevent your child from wetting the bed:
- Reducing the amount of fluid your child drinks two hours before they go to bed, especially sodas and tea that have caffeine.
- Requiring your child to use the restroom before he or she goes to sleep.
- Setting a goal for your child to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom rather than focusing on staying dry the whole night.
- Ensuring your child has quick and easy access to the toilet. If needed, install night lights.
- Give your child rewards when he or she doesn’t wet the bed.