Dealing with teasing

Bedwetting can be an embarrassing problem for your child, and it can increase their risk of being teased or bullied. But the good news is that you can help your child deal with teasing and bullying.

Make your home a haven. If your child is being teased at school, then the last thing they need is to be teased at home. When bedwetting occurs, take it in stride – don't let anyone in your family tease your child about it. Avoid punishing your child or making them feel guilty. This will help boost your child's self-esteem.

Watch for warning signs. Your child may try to hide the fact that they're being teased or bullied at school. Here are some warning signs to watch for:

  • Your child doesn't want to go to school or makes excuses to avoid it.
  • Your child's grades start slipping.
  • Your child starts dropping out of extracurricular activities they used to enjoy.
  • Your child is having trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams, stomach aches, or headaches.
  • Your child seems upset when they come home.
  • Your child comes home with injuries, missing possessions, or ripped clothing.
  • Your child doesn't seem to be eating.
  • Your child doesn't seem to have many friends.

Talk it over. Talk to your child about what's happening at school and listen to what they have to say. Avoid being upset with your child – let them know that you do not blame them or feel disappointed. Ask them about whether they have any new friends, who they spend time with during breaks, whether there are any kids they don't like and why, and whether other kids may be picking on them or teasing them.

Take action. If your child says they're not being bullied but you still suspect they are being picked on, try talking to their school to see what they have observed. Work with your child and the school to find ways to deal with the teasing. Try role-playing different responses with your child to help them get ready to deal with the bullies. Help them find ways to make friends, as this will help them feel more popular and make them less of a target. Make sure that your child knows to contact a teacher, principal, or other authority if they feel they are in physical danger.

Together, you and your family can find ways to deal with teasing and bullying. If these tips don't help, seek professional assistance from a counsellor. Talk to your doctor about treatment options for bedwetting, which may be a root cause of the teasing.

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