1.) There's no
need to find a bedwetting solution. It's something most kids eventually
grow out of.
Why wait? Infants would've eventually grown out of diapers and use the toilet, but this fact never implies that we shouldn't potty train our kids. Kids stay dry during the day because they've been potty trained. Kids wet the bed because they haven't recieved nighttime potty training. Kids should recieve nighttime potty training to help them achieve a dry bed. Bedwetting can last for years and only 15% of the kids outgrow bedwetting each year. Besides, this advice doesn't doesn't give justice to the older childern, teenagers, and adults who still wet the bed. Plus, prolonged bedwetting can result in low self-esteem.
fluids several hours before bedtime so the bedwetter won't need to
urinate until the morning.
Bedwetting has nothing to do with fluid intake, it has everything to do with the ability to respond to bladder signals. Restriciting fluids should not be recommended because children run an increased risk of dehydration. Besides, kids will wet the bed even if fluid intake is restricted because food turns into liquid after it is digested.
3.) Waking the
bedwetter up at night and bring them to use the bathroom.
There are several drawbacks
to parents waking the bedwetter and/or using a regular alarm clock to
wakeup the bedwetter at a designated time to use the bathroom at night.
1.) The bedwetter's bladder may not be full when woken. This creates a missed opportunity to learn to respond to a full bladder at night. A bedwetting alarm works best at training bedwetting kids to properly respond to a full bladder while asleep.
2.) Waking the bedwetter up at night never guarantee he or she will wake up in a dry bed.
3.) Bedwetting resumes once this prevention approach is discontinued
4.) Use a
reward system to encourage kids to stay dry at
This approach stems from the myth that bedwetters need to be motivated because they are lazy or unfocused. It's important to remember that bedwetting is not the bedwetters fault. Plenty of smart, hard working kids wet the bed. The most likely cause of kids wetting the bed is because they have not learned to properly respond to a full bladder while asleep.
Bedwetting medication works, however, bedwetting resumes when the bedwetter stops taking the medication and the benefits associated with a dry night does not outweigh the potential side effects (chest pain, nausea, pain in the genital area, seizures, uncontrolled bleeding.) of a bedwetting drug. Also, drugs are expensive and bedwetting returns when medication is discontinued because it doesn't help the bedwetter learn to respond to a full bladder at night.
Whenever there's an urge to pee, the bedwetting child is instructed to hold back urine flow as long as they can in hopes of stretching the bladder and strenghtening the muscles. This is not healthy for the bedwetter. It's wrong to ask a child to endure such pain and discomfort for an exercise that has no visible results.