Bedwetting has proved to be quite a nightmare for parents. While some children transition smoothly from the diaper to the toilet, others wake up to a wet mattress and stinky underwear every morning. It could be very frustrating, and the situation can quickly become embarrassing. With the shame and negativity the society has attached to it, it is easy for any parent to blame their child as if they are doing it on purpose.
It is essential to understand that bedwetting is usually neither a very complex problem nor a sign for a one. It reduces and stops with time, and the child needs to be given the emotional support they need to get through that phase without being shamed for it. Here are a few strategies you could use to deal with bedwetting:
DON’T SHAME THE CHILD
Frankly, bedwetting can be very frustrating to both parent and child. It is very easy to get angry with your child and openly scold them for peeing in bed. It is, however, never intentional, so there is no amount of shaming or scolding that will bring it to an abrupt stop. It may even make the problem worse and put pressure on the child. They will wake up disappointed with themselves every time they touch the mattress and realize that it is wet again. Shaming the child does not only lower their self-confidence and esteem but makes them even more vulnerable to bullying.
While most parents tend to ignore the whole matter, it would be very helpful to talk to the child and let them know that they are not the only ones going through it. Offer your support when they ask for help and let them know that it will stop gradually.
SEEK ADVICE FROM A PEDIATRICIAN
In most cases, there are no underlying problems associated with bedwetting. It is typically attributed to a delay in the development of the urinary bladder’s processing abilities. In other cases, however, bedwetting could signify a more serious problem such as diabetes, stress and even sexual abuse. Have the pediatrician track the child’s progress and make suggestions on how to improve the situation. You could also talk to the child and find out whether anything is bothering them without making them think that it has anything to do with bedwetting.
USING THE BATHROOM BEFORE SLEEPING
This is a common way of dealing with bedwetting. If the child goes to bed pressed then they will almost automatically have those dreams where they are using the toilet. An empty bladder means a lesser chance of peeing in their sleep.
GET A WATERPROOF MATTRESS
This is very helpful in preventing the smell that comes with a urine-soaked mattress. Additionally, you could get the child a fresh pair of pajamas to change into when they wake up.
Conclusively, bedwetting should not be that alarming unless you have other concerns about your child’s health. Get a doctor to make sure that there is nothing wrong with their body then take some measures to control the problem and it will be over sooner than you think.
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