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Baby development: 10 Ways To Overcome Bed - Wetting

Wetting the bed can be an embarrassing issue among kids, but it’s actually very common. 20% of 5-year-olds and 10% of 6-year-olds are bed wetters, says the American Academy of Paediatrics. Most grow out of it and usually there’s nothing serious going on.

1. Banish the Blame

Bed-wetting is normal. You should not be worried unless your child feels embarrassed and asks you for help. Children eventually grow out of it. You shouldn’t blame your child or let him/her blame themselves like this cat. You should tackle the problem together.

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2. Enforce a “no teasing” rule in the family

Children should not be teased about bed-wetting. They should be made to understand. Teasing your child will have effects on his/her confidence and his/her attitude. So don’t treat your child like Elvis does.

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3. Encourage Bathroom Trips Before Their Bedtime

Making it a habit for your child to visit the bathroom before he/she sleeps is a good way to prevent bed-wetting.

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4. Purchase a Moisture Alarm

Moisture alarms have become the best solution to bed-wetting. The alarm goes off the second your child wets the bed. It does not prevent your child from bed-wetting but trains his/her mind to get up earlier and earlier which will help him/her stop bed-wetting in the long run.

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5. Mark the calendar

Mark the calendar for days when your child wets the bed and when he/she doesn’t. Show him/her the days he/she hasn’t wet the bed and use it as positive encouragement.

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6. Restrict fluid intake in the evenings

Restricting fluid intake in the nights after dinner will help in preventing bed-wetting. But it should not be done to the extent to which your baby feels uncomfortable.

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7. Night-lifting

Waking your child up at night to let him/her use the restroom is a good idea. Instead of trying to stay dry throughout the night it’s better for him/her to get used to using the restroom.

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8. Waterproof Sheets

It’s good to invest in waterproof sheets which facilitate easy cleaning. Rather than struggling with the problem of cleaning like this guy.

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9. Reward your child for remaining dry

Many parents maintain an incentive chart with which they keep a record of how many times the child has remained dry. They then reward their child by taking him/her for a stroll in the park or anything else their child likes. It will motivate your child to remain dry.

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10. Visit a paediatrician

If you have tried all these techniques and they don’t seem to work, you should seek medical help.

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Guidelines for Seeing a Doctor:

> Your child is at least 6 or 7 years old and has never been able to stay dry overnight.

> Your child is troubled by wetting the bed–even if the child is younger than 6 years.

> Your child was once able to stay dry but has begun bed-wetting again.

> You are troubled and frustrated by the bed-wetting.

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