Bed wetting is a common phenomenon among many children although it usually doesn’t persist beyond the age of 3 to 4 years. But, certain percentage of children would continue to wet the bed and in certain instances kids who achieve control in passing urine might also re-start wetting the bed at night. The latter condition is known to the medical field as ‘secondary enuresis’ whereas continued bed wetting from infancy is known as ‘primary enuresis’.
Although there are many causes for the bed wetting phenomena, one should know that it is a matter of time before they gain control and be dry during night. Thus, the mainstay in managing these children would be for the adults to remain calm and take measures which are stated below to accelerate the process of gaining control or to ease the discomfort and psychological disturbance it might cause to the child.
Thus, let us now see some of the measures that can be taken in reducing the incidence of bed wetting in such children.
-Avoid giving large amounts of water closer to the bed time and preferably the child should drink his or her last drink about 2 hours before going to the bed.
-Train the child to use the bathroom just prior to going to the bed or else wake the child in about 2 hours time after going to bed to pass urine.
-Make sure the child is not blamed for what took place and always assure the child that it is a normal occurrence and that it is no fault of the child at all.
-Do not allow anyone to tease the child due to his bed wetting as it can make the child feel depressed and could make the matters worse or prolong the time of bed wetting.
-Place a water resistant sheet between the bed cover and the mattress.
-Make use of an enuresis alarm which will get activated at times of bed wetting and it will train the child to respond to a full bladder at the correct time.
-In case the problem persist and gives the child so much of discomfort, you can obtain medical advice from the childs physician which might prescribe certain medications according to the requirement and the intensity of the problem.
-If the child is able understand the instructions given, he or she can be asked to practice bladder control exercises which would prolong the time between instances of passing urine.
Lastly, the condition usually gets resolved by itself. Thus, it is up to the parents and the family members to understand the problem and to give their fullest support to the child in overcoming this phenomenon.