As the child grows, they get opportunities to go for sleepovers and when they wet the bed, it might take a hit on their self-esteem. These are some of the things you can do to stop bedwetting in kids.

Encouraging them to visit the washrooms before bedtime

Make sure your child visits the washrooms before going to sleep. Going to sleep with a full bladder increases the chances of wetting the bed in the course of the night.

 Cut fluid intake before bed

If there are any fluids the child has to take, have them take them earlier in the evening as opposed to just before bed. This will allow them to make the necessary washroom visits before bed.

Be encouraging

Most children who wet their bed feel alone in their predicament. However, frustrating as it might get, try not to yell at your child when they wet the bed. If they go a night without wetting the bed, encourage them.

Do not punish them

Oft times, parents blame the children for wetting the bed and attribute wetting the bed to being too lazy to visit the washrooms. Nothing is further from the truth. Do not resort to punishment of any sort or embarrassing the child. Try not to blame them for something they did while they were deep asleep. Yelling at them might induce stress, guilt, embarrassment and anxiety, which only aggravates the problem.

Avoid bladder irritants

Foods such as caffeine, chocolate and foods containing artificial colouring and some citrus juices are bladder irritants. Reduce them or do away with them altogether from your child’s diet.

Sleep alarm

This alarm can either wake them up to go visit the washrooms or wake them up to change bedding in case they have wet the bed already.

Unless the bedwetting is induced by an underlying medical condition, it is not advisable to put your child on medication to stop bedwetting. The medication will only offer temporary reprieve.

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