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4 Tips for Coping with Bedwetting

Bedwetting can be stressful for parents and embarrassing for children. For many parents, bedwetting causes confusion because it can happen years after successful potty training has been completed. The truth is, this situation is quite common. In fact, more than 5 million children experience it. Wetting the bed does tend to run in the family and is more common in boys, but most children easily outgrow the issue. In the meantime, there are some things parents can do to help their kids feel more comfortable.

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Always Be Supportive

Wetting the bed can be extremely embarrassing for a child. The first, most important thing you can do when helping him cope is to make sure you’re not pointing blame at him. Stay positive and don’t look at it as a punishable offense. Instead, explain to your child that’s not the only one to experience this. Change the sheets, get him cleaned up and don’t make a big deal over it.

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Make Proactive Suggestions

To help prevent bedwetting, try to keep your child from drinking too many liquids close to bedtime. Additionally, build bathroom trips into his nighttime routine, like after brushing his teeth. Some doctors suggest having your child go to the bathroom before you go to bed, too. This may not completely eliminate bedwetting, but by being proactive it can help increase the chances of keeping his sheets dry throughout the night.

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Reward Them

When your child has a dry night, reward him with positive reinforcement. After several nights in a row, you can consider a small treat like a piece of candy or bowl of ice cream. Although your child can’t help bedwetting, knowing that a reward may be available for waking up dry can have a subconscious impact on some kids. It can also help build confidence.

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Talk to Your Doctor

If the bedwetting continues to be an issue, you may want to speak with your doctor. There are some medications that reduce the body’s production of urine, but they tend to have side effects that you’ll want to talk with your doctor about before making a decision. The pediatrician may also be able to determine if there is a specific cause for the bedwetting and offer some additional solutions that might help.