How to Prevent Your Child from Wetting the Bed

February 3, 2012

Wetting the BedThousands and thousands of bed mattresses has been victimized by young kids with an undisciplined bladder. Experts say that such accidents are only acceptable until the age of 6. Beyond that number, your kid should be old enough to get up on his own whenever he or she needs to use the toilet. But what should be done when your child can’t seem to overcome this nasty and smelly habit?

Bed wetting (also known as nocturnal/nighttime enuresis) occurs because of psychological and nutritional factors. Some doctors explain that another possible cause could be an underdeveloped bladder system, which would give any kid great trouble when it comes to controlling his urinations.

According to author and pediatrician Howard Bennett, bedwetting is hereditary. Contrary to what most of us think, bedwetting is not due to sluggish behavior. With this fact, you should know that it is not proper to scold any of your kids if ever they wet their bed. Rather, you can apply some guidelines on how you could help your kids prevent themselves from wetting the bed.

A child’s food consumption can influence bed wetting. Foods that are spicy and high I acid should be left out from the meal closest to bedtime. Parents should lessen his child’s water intake during nighttime in avoidance of filling a bladder that’s filled with pee, ready to explode. Also, it would be wise for parents to encourage their kids to take a pee right before dozing off. A nifty invention that’s fits our discussion would be the Urinary Bed Alarm. This alarm would go off as soon as it detects the slightest sign of moisture on the bed mattress. The alarm should signal the child to take a quick trip to the bathroom.

Urinary Bed AlarmRobert Mendelson, MD, gives emphasis on reward system. Parents are encouraged compliment their kids after having a “dry night”. One can also train their child’s bladder. When kids tell you they need go pee, try to delay it for a few minutes. This wait should be slowly and steadily increased until they can hold their bladder for 45 minutes. When all else fails, medication would be the last resort. Desmopressin and Imispramine are two medications that are said to help stop bed wetting. However, they impose some negative effects. For instance, the spray form of Desmopressin can cause low blood sodium levels. In order to avoid future complications, consult experts before considering such medications.

Whatever method you use, it is important that you let the child know that you are only trying to help. Blaming or scolding cannot help them in anyway. It is vital that you support and help them in their quest to conquer bed wetting.