How can I help my child? September 26 2017
At least two-thirds of parents worry about their child’s bedwetting. It’s natural to be concerned, especially if your child is upset and frustrated. However, there are several ways in which you can help them through the process of becoming dry.
No Blaming Or Shaming
Children will often feel ashamed of their bedwetting. However, bedwetting is not your child’s fault, so it’s important to make sure that you don’t tell them off or punish them for wetting. Instead, help them to realise that they are not to blame and offer support to help them to achieve dry nights.
Help To Wake Up
Children tend to be deep sleepers and will often sleep through the alarm when they first start wearing (even if it wakes the rest of the household up!) For the first few nights that your child wears a bedwetting alarm, help them to wake up when it sounds. It’s also helpful to assist them when the alarm sounds - help them reset the alarm, go to the bathroom, and put the alarm back on. Some parents choose to sleep in the same room as their child, until they are used to the alarm. Alternatively, a Parent Support Pack ensures sure that the alarm also sounds in your own bedroom when your child wets.
Help your child to stay motivated in their bedwetting treatment by measuring their progress on a Progress Chart. Each morning, mark on the chart whether they had a wet night or a dry night. You can also implement a rewards system, but remember that rewards should be given for things that your child has control over, such as remembering to wear their alarm, rather than for achieving a dry night.
There are lots of ways that you can help your child overcome their bedwetting. Remember, however frustrated you feel, your child is most likely also upset about the issue - don’t tell them off for bedwetting when it is not their fault. The most import thing is to offer encouragement and support on their way to dry nights.