Bedwetting: planning a holiday visit

Bedwetting can put a damper on holiday travel. If your child feels embarrassed when they wake up wet at home, imagine how they'll feel if they wet the bed at a friend or relative's house! You or they may feel it's harder to clean up discreetly when you need to borrow your host's washing machine, or that bedwetting alarms could disturb the people you are staying with. And even if your child stays dry, fears of wetting the bed may spoil their enjoyment of the trip or may make them reluctant to go.

So how can you make your holiday trip fun for everyone? Here are a few survival tips:

  • Speak to your child's doctor about bedwetting treatment for your trip. Keep in mind that not all techniques or methods that you use at home are going to be appropriate when your child is away from home. Your doctor can help you choose a bedwetting strategy that’s appropriate for your child.
  • The holidays are a time for special foods and snacks. Reduce the amount of fluid that they drink after supper and avoid caffeinated food and drinks such as chocolate and colas.
  • Help your child feel less embarrassed: reassure them that it's not their fault, don't punish them for wetting the bed or turn bedwetting into a "big deal," reassure them that eventually the problem will stop, teach them how to clean up, and let them know you are always there if they want to talk.
  • If you'll be staying with family members during the holidays, you may wish to speak to them about bedwetting and how your family is handling it. If family members are aware of this, they can avoid embarrassing the child and help the rest of the family cope.

Don't let bedwetting keep you and your family from enjoying your holiday vacation! Talk to your child's doctor about bedwetting coping strategies.

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