Coping with bedwetting: what you can do

Bedwetting can be hard on your child. It can affect your child's self-esteem, relationships with others, and school performance.

Here are some tips that you can use to help your child cope:

  • Don't punish your child for wetting the bed. Making your child feel guilty through punishment is not going to help the situation, and it doesn't benefit anyone. It is important to reassure your child that bedwetting is no one's fault.
  • Get your child involved in solving the problem by including him or her in treatment decisions, changing the wet bed sheets, or placing wet clothing in a specific place. This also teaches your child about responsibility, which can help your child feel more in control of the situation.
  • Ensure your child limits drinking large amounts of fluid before dinner and bedtime and uses the toilet right before going to bed. Also, limit your child's caffeine intake (e.g., soft drinks). Caffeine acts as a diuretic, which increases the amount of urine that is produced.
  • Let your child know that bedwetting is common and happens to a lot of kids.
  • Let your child know if there is a family history of wetting the bed. Your child may feel better knowing someone that he or she trusts also went through the same experience.
  • Be prepared for your child's questions by finding out as much information as you can. Talk to your doctor; they will be able to advise you about possible treatment options, as well as where to get appropriate information.

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