Most parents will have to deal with bedwetting. In fact, it is perfectly normal until the age of three and can affect children as old as six.
Bedwetting, though, is something that you ideally want to deal with before your child goes to school. Here’s what you need to do:
Acknowledge How Your Child Feels About Bedwetting
The first step is to acknowledge how your child feels about bedwetting if it is a source of concern for them. Remind them that it is a perfectly normal part of growing up and something that affects all children during their lives. Showing a little compassion can help kids feel less stressed about the issue and improve their attitude towards resolving it.
Praise Children For Dry Nights
At the same time, though, parents need to train children’s unconscious minds not to go to the bathroom in the bedroom. Therefore, praising kids for dry nights can help embed desirable behavior while counteracting undesirable behavior.
Figure Out If There Is Any Underlying Cause Of Bedwetting
Children may experience bedwetting more frequently if there is an unwanted underlying cause driving it. Heavy sleep due to tiredness, for instance, increases the likelihood of bedwetting. Therefore, you may want to examine your child’s schedule and ask if they are doing too much.
You may also want to explore whether stress and anxiety are causing issues in your child’s life. If they are, you may want to approach a chiropractor about bedwetting issues. Simple changes to your child’s physiology may be able to reduce stress and get them back on track.
If all else fails, try to get to the bottom of what’s bothering them. Resolving the issue could eliminate bedwetting in the future.
Don’t Wake Your Child In The Night
When your child has a bed-wetting habit, it can be tempting to wake them in the night. However, you should avoid doing this as it can deprive your child of the rest they need. A better approach is to train their bladder to retain urine while they are asleep until morning.
Remove The Smell Of Urine
When accidents do happen, you’ll want to be adept at removing the smell of urine, something that can cause a stubborn odor on clothes and bed linens. You can throw it in the wash immediately or, alternatively, add a cup of white vinegar to your wash. The vinegar will neutralize the urine, leaving bedding smelling fresher than ever.
Learn How To Clean The Mattress
If your child has a bedwetting habit, you’ll want to learn how to clean the mattress to eliminate the smell. As always, prevention is better than cure, so wrapping your mattress in plastic is a good way to start.
If you haven’t done this, then you’ll want to blot as much of the urine from the surface of the mattress as possible. You’ll then want to saturate the stained area with hydrogen peroxide, leaving it to stand for five minutes. After that, sprinkle with baking soda and then vacuum any residue.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.