Boys are great fun and love to have a good time together. Boys will be boys and get up to pranks and a little bit of mischief. Some boys also find it harder to talk about the things that bother them and will pretend that some things are no big deal, including wetting the bed. You may find that you try and act tough to hide your feelings or you may retreat and become shy and not want to spend time with other friends. Rest assured there are thousands of boys who are just like you going through the exact same thing everyday and the good news is that everyday some of them stop wetting the bed, and you will too.
Here are a few tips for you.
Boys 5- 7 years
Some of them have never had a dry night at all and have always wet the bed every night.
Usually you gradually stop wetting the bed as often and then later on, you just stop bedwetting all together. This happens over time.
Here are a few ideas for you to help you manage wetting the bed until you grow out of it.
Handy Tips at home
- Keep your night time pants in a handy place, like in your underwear drawer.
- Try to remember to put your own DryNite® pants on before you hop into bed.
- Have a special place that you take it off in the morning. Ask mum for a special bin.
- Remember to tell mum or dad if you are nearly running out so they can get you some more.
Handy Tips away from home
- If you’ve been invited for a sleepover make sure that you can put your DryNites pants on and off by yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friend’s mum. She’s a mum just like your mum and will understand.
- Pack an extra pair of pyjamas just in case.
- Remember to put your DryNites into your bag. Maybe roll it up in with your PJ’s or put it in the bag with your toothbrush. Then you can take it to the bathroom and get changed.
- Take a plastic bag with you to put your used DryNites into in the morning, so that you can either throw it in the bin at your friends house or bring it home and throw it out later.
Just like any other kind of learning, it can take time. It’s a good idea to talk to mum or dad about what’s going on so that you all know that it’s OK. Sometimes you might think they are frustrated with you, but it’s not you they are cranky at. They know it’s not your fault.
Boys 8 -15 years
If you haven’t spoken to your doctor about bedwetting yet, it might be a good time to ask mum or dad to take you along to see you local doctor. They will ask you and your parents some questions and possibly suggest some check ups to make sure there is nothing wrong with your â€˜waterworksâ€™.
Once this has been done they may suggest that you try using various treatments to help your brain and body start getting the right messages to each other. We’ve given some information about each of the treatments available. If you have been using DryNitesÂ® and these make you feel comfortable and give you confidence, then you can keep wearing them to bed even when you are using different treatments.
In the mean time here are a few tips to help you manage night wetting.
Handy Tips for boys at home
- Keep your night time pants in a handy place like your underwear or pyjama drawer.
- Take responsibility for them and remember to put your own DryNites Pyjama Pants on before you hop into bed.
- Have a place at home, with privacy, where you can take it off in the morning. Use a bin with a lid.
- Remember to tell your parents if you are close to the end of the pack.
- Try having a shower in the morning, or at least a a wipe down, so that you remove any smell from your skin.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to mum or dad. Chances are they probably wet the bed too when they were young.
Handy Tips for boys away from home
Cricket camp, rugby tour, school camp or just a sleep over at a friend’s can present a challenge unless you’re prepared. With just a little bit of planning, things will run smoothly.
If you’re using DryNites®: Pyjama Pants the only worry you have is about how to get them on and off discreetly.
Here are a few tips for when you are away:
- Pack your overnight bag with your DryNites pants already positioned into your PJ pants. So all you need to do is hold them together and slip them on. Or,
- Try and find a toiletry bag that has a discreet side pocket for your DryNites to fit into. Then you can go to the bathroom just before bedtime to clean your teeth and simply change into your pants. Or,
- If you have a sleeping bag you can always try and slip them on while you’re in your sleeping bag. It can be a bit of a challenge but it can be done. Then you can take them off and into a plastic bag at the bottom of the bag. Just remember to put the plastic bag and the DryNites pants in before you roll up the sleeping bag.
- It’s probably not worth risking the attempt to stay awake until everyone else is asleep. You may find that you doze off yourself.
- Pack some moist wipes so that you can have a quick wipe down in the morning if there’s no opportunity to have a shower.
- Pack an extra pair of pyjamas just in case.
- Take a plastic bag with you so that you can either throw your DryNite® in the bin at your friend’s house or bring it home and throw it out later.
- Here are a few back up ideas just in case you do have an accident and forget to put on your DryNite pyjama pants:
o Keep a can of drink handy so that you can always open it and say you spilled some. Or,
o Keep some water in a bottle and spill some on your shirt as well and say that you’re really hot and sweaty.
- Often a sporting tour can involve long coach trips. If it’s likely that you may fall asleep you will need to think about using some sort of protection for the trip.
- Remember that you may be worried about wetting at night, but your friends may be in the same boat or they might have other worries, like a fear of the dark, being worried about being away from home, sleep talking or nightmares. All kids have concerns at different times in their lives. If you show that you can help and support them they will probably accept that you have a worry too.
- Wetting the bed does not make you weak, a “girl” or uncool. It’s just something that happens at night and then you can walk away from it for the day.
Need more advice?
If you are concerned about the effect that your bedwetting is having on other areas of your life, dont be afraid to ask for help.
Where can I go for advice?
- Your mum and dad, or any other relative that you feel close to
- Your school counselor
- Your doctor
- A family friend
- The Kids Helpline