There are several things that you can do at home to treat bedwetting. Some possible solutions for bedwetting include:
- Establishing a consistent bedtime routine that includes going to the bathroom
- Encouraging your child with a reward system for staying dry, such as stickers or a treat for a dry night.
- Waking your child to go to the bathroom during the night before the time that they usually wet themselves.
- Bedwetting alarms, which conditions the child to become of aware of the sensation of a full bladder by waking them when they wet the bed. Used over time, these alarms can be very successful in treating bedwetting.
A doctor may also prescribe a medication to treat an overactive bladder or limit the amount of urine produced through the night.
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Tips for Using Bedwetting Alarms With Kids That Are Heavy Sleepers
For kids that are deep sleepers, a bedwetting alarm, while loud, may not wake your child initially. Many parents often think ‘do bedwetting alarms work?’ when their child doesn’t respond to the alarm. This presents a challenge, but one that can be overcome working closely with your child.
By establishing a structured program, such as the one outlined below, with lots of love, encouragement and support your child will begin to progress to associate the alarm with bedwetting and the need to wake up and use the toilet.
Helping Your Child Cope
There are products that you can use alongside treatment to help your child to better cope with bedwetting. These include:
- Disposable absorbent underpants to soak up urine
- Waterproof sheet protectors that can be easily changed when an accident happens as opposed to changing the sheets
- Sleeping bag liners for easy and discreet cleanup when sleeping away from home
Along with using the products mentioned to help keep your child comfortable, it is also important that you treat your child’s bedwetting with patience and understanding. They are not wetting the bed on purpose and can feel extremely helpless and vulnerable.
In order to help them feel more control over the situation, you can allow them to take responsibility for bedwetting by rinsing their wet underpants or pyjamas or placing them in a specific container for washing. Some children cope better when they feel like they are doing something about it.
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