Do not punish a child who wets the bed. Bed wetting does NOT occur because a child is lazy or trying to act out.
- Shaming a child for wetting the bed can lead to poor self-esteem and feelings of low self-worth.
- Reassure your child that bed wetting is common and can be helped. Telling the child about parents or other close relatives who also wet the bed often helps the child feel less stressed about the situation.
You can also have your child take an active part in cleaning up from the bed wetting (such as helping to strip the bed and put the sheets in the laundry).
Reward your child for dry nights. Some families use a chart or diary that the child can mark each morning. Although this may not solve the problem completely, it can help. Try the chart before you use medicines. It is most useful in children ages 5 to 8.
Make some changes in your child's urination and drinking habits:
- Encourage your child to use the bathroom at regular times during the day and evening. Teach the child not to hold urine for long periods of time.
- Be sure that the child goes to the bathroom before going to sleep.
- You can reduce the amount of fluid the child drinks a few hours before bedtime, but this alone is not a treatment for bed wetting. You should not restrict fluids too much.
- Also have your child avoid drinks that contain caffeine.
You can buy an alarm system at the drugstore.
- You place a sensor either in the child's underwear or on a pad underneath the sleeping child.
- If the sensor detects moisture, an alarm is set off. This alarm can be placed around the child's wrist or near the ear. The alarm may vibrate or make a loud sound.
- Parents or caregivers must make sure the child wakes up if the alarm goes off.
Certain drugs, such as a nasal spray or pills, may also be prescribed to control bed wetting.