Bedwetting – An essential guide that every parent should read
Bed wetting – it can feel like a bewildering issue to tackle, and one that many parents can understandably feel intimidated by. So in this guide we take a look at the issue of bedwetting, explaining why it happens, how you can help and answering some key questions that every parent has likely asked.
Why does bed wetting happen?
Contrary to many common myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings bed wetting is simply caused by children who don’t wake up when their bladder is full. Sounds straight forward, right?
In the simplest of terms children who wet the bed merely tend to enter deeper sleeps than those who don’t, however in some cases there may be a medical issue, so it’s always a good idea to start by seeing your doctor.
Family connections and gender
Oftentimes bed wetting can run in the family, you or your child’s mom or dad may find that you need to wake in the night for a toilet pit stop, and it’s also more common in boys than it is in girls.
Just how common is bedwetting?
Bedwetting can be both worrying and frustrating – it can also feel as though you’re the only parent in the world to have faced this issue. However you are far from alone, and the following statistics from the NHS (2014) prove it.
Around one in twelve children wet the bed regularly (at least twice a week) when aged four and a half;
Approximately one in forty children wet the bed regularly when aged seven and a half;
Around one in sixty five children will wet the bed regularly when aged nine and a half.
When should you expect your child to grow out of it?
The majority of children will naturally grow out of daytime wetting by around three and a half years of age, with night time bed wetting usually ceasing by around aged five. However there’s really no hard and fast rules as to when your child may grow out of it. If they manage it a little early than this – great, if not however there really is no need to panic. As we all know, each and every child is completely and wonderfully unique, and it may just be that your child needs a little extra help in overcoming their night-time bed wetting.
Seeking a professional helping hand
A professional helping hand from your doctor may help if your child’s bed wetting is bothering or upsetting the child or yourself, the parent. It’s only in incredibly rare cases that bed wetting is deemed a medical problem within a child under the age of five, but a little reassurance can work wonders for both you and your child.
Dealing with bed wetting: A few essential pointers
Helping your child into their overcoming of bed wetting really needn’t be the petrifying challenge that it may seem. Taking simple steps, such as limiting the amount of liquids they drink in the evening, going to the toilet before bed and providing consistent assurances that everything is ‘A OK’ and completely normal can be all your child needs until they naturally progress out of bed wetting.
Toilet training: Top tips
Regardless of whether your child bed wets or otherwise, toilet training can seem a notoriously difficult challenge. However with the following top tips toilet training can be not only successful, but seriously fun in the process!
1. Before we begin: Asking the question of when
Whilst most children being potty train between the ages of 18 and 30 months it’s important to recognise that every child is different. When all is said and done you aren’t able to force a child to ‘Go Potty’ and if he or she isn’t ready it’s simply a waiting game. Rest assured that in time your child will want to use one.
2. Introduce that potty the right way
When introducing the potty into the room you want your child to feel comfortable around it, so plan some fun (and attention taking) activities for the first few days when the potty can sneak in inconspicuously. How about puzzles, sticker books or games?
3. Get creative!
Engaging your child within the potty training process is key to tackling the toilet. So how about adding a little fun into the process? You could try adding food dye to the water (which will change colour post pee) or using shaving foam that can serve as a fun aim for the boys?
4. Make potty training a musical production
Another way to engage your child within the peeing process is to either make up a potty song (to be sung when your child needs the potty) or (if your song writing or singing skills are lacking) by purchasing a potty that plays a tune whenever it’s sat on.
5. Go potty over potty-only books
A final way to encourage your child to go potty is to allow your child to pick out a couple of favourite books from the book shop. These can then be for potty time only!
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