Even though there is no cure for bed wetting and no definitive treatments for it, there are still some simple and effective ways to manage it.
By following a few easy steps, you will be able to minimise mess, stress, and potentially the duration of your child’s bed wetting phase.
How to manage bed wetting
Everyone’s life can be made easier with a little bit of planning and a lot of support.
Here are some great home comforts and emergency “spares” to have on hand:
Pyjamas Keep a spare pair of PJs right next to your child’s bed so that they can get cleaned up, slip on their clean bedclothes and get back into bed as soon as possible.
Sheets and blankets Having a fresh set of bedding ready to go means less fuss for all concerned when it’s time to change the bed. Don’t worry about fitted sheets – just get it sorted and tuck your child back into bed.
Night light A guiding light can help your child can easily make it to the bathroom when they feel the urge.
Absorbent pants Having something like DryNites pyjama pants during very wet times, or when your child is sleeping away from home, can be a saviour.
Reward Whether it is a treat or a hug, praising your child for having a dry night or for dealing well with a wet night, will boost their confidence and help them to feel much less anxious about the whole situation.
Coping with bed wetting
Bed wetting can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for your child. It can also be inconvenient for everyone else in the house, with disturbed nights and added washing to be done.
While it is important not to make too much of an issue out of your child’s bed wetting, talking about it openly can really help. If others in your family have gone through the same thing, let your child know. Also reassure them that it is something that will soon pass.