Coping

SPECIAL NEEDS – COPING WITH BEDWETTING

  • Bed protection – use DryNites® Pants to keep your child and bedding dry. For back-up, place a big waterproof sheet under the bottom sheet. If your child produces lots of wee, then place a thick towel between the bottom sheet and the waterproof sheet.
  • Instruct your child – make sure they understand that if they feel the urge to wee at night time then they should get up and go to the toilet.
  • Manage the smell – baking soda sprinkled on a wet mattress absorbs both dampness and the smell.
  • Save on washing – use two or three thin and easily washed duvets rather than one thick, bulky duvet. Choose duvets filled with cotton or polyester as these are easier to wash and dry than wool and duck feathers.
  • Drink more fluids  during the first half of the day – if the bladder is not stretched it won’t grow its storage capacity. Taper off in the evening as too much fluid in the evening places extra strain on the bladder at night.
  • More exercise –pelvic floor muscles control continence so they need to be in good working order to do their job.
BEING PREPARED FOR BEDWETTING
  • Keep DryNites® pants in a handy place such as your child’s underwear drawer
  • Make putting on DryNite® pants a normal part of the bedtime ritual along with brushing teeth and a bedtime story
  • Have a special bin or plastic bag for the used pants the next morning
  • Maintain a good stock of DryNites so you don’t ever run out

Preparing for bedwetting incidents:

  • Keep fresh sheets and pyjamas at hand
  • Install a low-wattage night light or lamp, or use a hands-free headlamp
  • Be calm and caring so your child doesn’t suffer distress that could make bedwetting linger

Australia has government schemes to help parents and carers of children with special needs to buy incontinence aids, as they may need to use disposable absorbent underwear like DryNites, for a longer time. If you need more advice and support, speak to your family doctor.

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