Bedwetting or enuresis is very common in children in the age group of 1-10. It has been seen that at least 1 in 10 children will wet their bed after the age of 5. Boys are more likely to have this problem than girls.
It normally occurs because there has been a family history or the child’s bladder is small and not mature enough to hold the urine. If the child has been toilet trained and has suddenly started to wet the bed, get it shown to the doctor immediately as it can be a sign of a bladder infection or it may also occur due to a deeper psychological problem.
It is not the child’s fault, as the child does not even realize that he/she has wet the bed. Here are some simple remedies to tackle bed-wetting.
How To Stop Bedwetting
Reduce the Amount of Liquids at Night
The most effective remedy for controlling bed-wetting is to limit the child’s intake of fluids after 6 pm. This will ensure that the child goes to bed with an empty bladder.
Night Time Toilet Routine
Ensure that you take the child to the toilet at night just before he/she turns in for the day. Wake the child up at night after two hours so that he/she gets up and relives himself/herself in the toilet. Keep doing this until the child is habituated to waking up at night and going to the loo. After some time you will notice that, the child eventually stops bed-wetting but this will take time.
Reduce the Consumption of Colas
Colas contain caffeine, which increases the output of urine and also makes it thin. This can exacerbate the problem of bet wetting so make sure that the child is not consuming too many colas during the day.
During the day urge and encourage the child to hold onto his/her urine once he feels the urge. Let him/her control the urine for a few minutes. This will allow the bladder to hold the urine for a longer time.
All his/her attempts at bladder control and not bed wetting should be praised and rewarded. Never scold the child if he/she fumbles and wets the bed at night. Most children are seemingly unaware that they have wet the bed.
The Child’s Mental Make-up
Ensure that the child is not disturbed or depressed by a recent event. This can also give way to bed wetting. Speak to the child or to his/her teachers who may be able to give you inputs on his/her school behaviour or performance.
See a Doctor
Make sure you show the child to a doctor especially if the child complains of a burning sensation in the urine or pain in his/her abdomen. This could be a sign of a bladder or urinary infection. Have it shown and treated, otherwise it can lead to a more serious problem later on. Bedwetting can be acutely embarrassing for the child so it is important to tackle it in a calm and patient manner. It can easily be rectified with the above approach.