Last Updated on 3rd August, 2019 by Dr Shivangi
Every Mom while exhausted from washing her child’s soiled beddings asks this: How to stop bedwetting in my child?
Because you have tried every solution you heard – the home remedies, giving less fluids to the child, sacrificing your own sleep to wake up the child to pee, and even punishing the child.
Yet, you are unable to stop bedwetting permanently! It feels embarrassing, right?
So, today I will walk you through the 4 steps to take right now to stop bedwetting in your child and how to deal with the dirty mattresses till that happens.
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Why your child wets the bed?
During my internship at the hospital, my seniors always recommended me to find out the cause of bedwetting in a child before proceeding with the treatment.
And I still stand by this method because a child may wet the bed due to any of the following reasons:
- Delayed bladder control development
- Sleep apnoea (check if your child snores loudly or feels tired even after a full night’s sleep)
- Urinary tract infection
So, unless you tackle the issue from its roots, that is these causes, you won’t be able to achieve permanent results.
And only HOMOEOPATHIC treatment offers the safest, quickest, and permanent treatment to stop bedwetting.
Therefore, if you have tried all the methods to stop bedwetting in your child and not achieved results, consult a HOMOEOPATHIC doctor for the right treatment.
Besides, make sure no one in the family including adults and other children tease the child who wets the bed. Motivate and support the affected child to help him overcome bedwetting.
How to help your child stay dry at night?
The doctor will prescribe the medicines to cure the problem of bedwetting in your child. However, it might take a few days to weeks for the positive results to show up.
Till then, use the following methods to help your child stay dry at night:
1. Use a bedwetting alarm
Many children are heavy sleepers and find it difficult to get up at night, despite repeated reminders from you.
So, use a bedwetting alarm. Clip it to the child’s underwear before he goes to bed. ( I recommend Chummie premium)
Bedwetting alarms are battery-operated devices that detect the moisture from urine and sound an alarm/vibrate. So, as soon as the child begins to urinate in his underwear, the alarm will detect it and go off.
With consistent use of the alarm for 2-3 weeks, your child’s brain gets conditioned to wake up to urinate and eventually stay dry at night, even without the alarm. So yay!
This alarm priced at 89$ is the No. 1 choice amongst pediatricians due to its compact size, ease of use (even a 5-year-old child can set up the alarm), and 8-level control of sound and vibrations. It doesn’t sound that high so as to frighten away your child from sleep. (which most alarms do)
See how to use this Chummie Premium alarm in this video:
Also, ensure easy and safe access to the bathroom at night by keeping the path between the bed and bathroom clear and using night lights to help the child easily locate the bathroom.
2. Spend quality time with your child
Stress is the primary trigger of bedwetting in older children. Spending quality time with them will encourage them to share their feelings with you and relieve any stress they have.
Talk to your child about any issues he might be facing at school/home. Is there anything that worries him or gives stress? You can also share your child’s stress issues with the doctor and take his advice.
3. Avoid bladder irritants
Experts recommend to limit the intake of fluids like water, milk, and juices at night to decrease the episodes of bedwetting.
But, caffeinated drinks such as chocolate milk, cocoa, and chocolate pudding/dessert also irritate the bladder and cause bedwetting in your child.
So, limit these caffeinated drinks as well throughout the day.
If plain milk is unpalatable to your child, try this home-made milk powder suggested by the health and fitness blogger, Ashvini Naik.
4. Monitor the child’s bowel movements
Constipation can also trigger bedwetting or make it worse. If your child has irregular bowel movements, ensure a good intake of fibre in his diet.
Dealing with dirty mattresses and beddings
I know how exhausting it is to wash the soiled mattresses of your child daily. I have been there when my family had to wash the spoiled mattresses from my bed-ridden grandma.
Majority of you, including me use a plastic sheet over the bed to prevent soiling. Though this was not a problem with my grandma, but sometimes the plastic sheet would slither away making this arrangement go in vain.
And children? They move or roll over in bed while sleeping. So, the plastic sheet can easily slither and spoil your beddings.
I have heard some parents using an extra diaper over the child’s underwear to prevent soiling of the mattress, but sometimes that also fails. (because the quantity of urine passed is too much)
Though we could not help much with my grandma, but at least the burden of washing the spoiled mattresses was tremendously reduced.
This waterproof mattress covers the entire bed length and prevents soiling.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about the urine stains or urine smell in the beddings with this waterproof mattress.
Final Words on How to Stop Bedwetting in Children
You are not alone in asking how to stop bedwetting in children. Mothers of about 15-16% children complain so.
Also, you can’t stop bedwetting in one night, but ONLY with consistent efforts.
So, consult a HOMOEOPATHIC doctor to figure out the reason for bedwetting in your child and follow the given tips to help your child stay dry at night.
So, how did you stop bedwetting in your child? Let me know your experiences in the comments below! I would love to hear from you.
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