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Bedwetting: Help Your Child to Deal With It

Never punish your child for something that he cannot control.

Parenting And Family
| Contributor Content| UPDATED: November 27, 2017, 2:24 PM IST
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Bedwetting is primarily involuntary, hence punishing a child for something that he cannot control makes the treatment much more complex. Instead, one must start dealing with this issue by discussing the same with the child and explaining him how he can help himself.

Nocturnal enuresis is the medical term for nighttime bed-wetting. Up to the age of 2-3 years, a child is considered still developing physically thereby needing a parent’s assistance during nighttime. However, this keeps getting better as the child grows. For most cases, bed-wetting is neurological; which means, that child's brain isn't sending signals to his bladder to hold his urine while he's sleeping. Occasionally, sudden occurrence of bedwetting can be psychological, triggered by a change in location, arrival of a sibling, a tragic incident, or marital discord between parents.

Another common situation is ‘Dribbling’ in which few drops of urine discharge involuntarily but then the child is able to control it.

While addressing the bedwetting issue, parents must always remember to never shame the child publicly or in private, as ultimately the child will end up with low self-esteem.

4 Ways You Can Help Your Child From Bed-Wetting:

1) Observe & Set an Alarm

Observe your child’s pattern of bedwetting. Try to find out if there’s a specific time when your child pees in the night. Set an alarm every 3-4 hours so that the child can wake up and relieve himself.

2) Communication

It’s quite important to keep the communication lines open with your child. Educate him/her to use the washroom when he feels his bladder is full and ask them to be mentally alert during the day as well.

3) Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment is often considered the most effective therapy for bedwetting. The child is thereby made to learn the urinal process and develop continence mechanism.

4) Meet a Pediatrician

Do not ignore bedwetting if your child is above 4-5 years, to rule out any health or developmental issues. Consult your pediatrician if the first steps taken at home did not yield good results.

First Published: November 27, 2017, 2:24 PM IST
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