It’s finally time for your darling little ones to move up from sleeping in a crib and into their very own bed. It’s very exciting and a big change for both you and your child, however there is one issue that is very common for children, and that is wetting the bed.
Bed wetting, also called nocturnal enuresis, is completely normal. Did you know roughly 15% of children under the age of five wet the bed, and it usually lasts until they are around seven years old?
Even though it can be upsetting for your children, there’s nothing to worry about. They will grow out of it, although it might take a while. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to help your children through this time. Here are some of our top tips….
Don’t Play the Blame Game
First of all, remember that it’s not your child’s fault. Getting angry with your little one and punishing them for wetting the bed will only add pressure to stay dry and make the problem worse.
Remember that it is not your fault either. It’s a perfectly normal part of growing up; of their bodies changing and regulating as they grow. Reassure your child that they are not alone, and that bedwetting is very normal among their age group.
Agree with your child on rewards for positive actions, such as a sticker for every time they use the toilet before bed. This can work on a subconscious level. The power of positive suggestion works very well for some children, but not all. Remember, in the case of bedwetting, the opposite of reward is not punishment.
Promote Good Habits
Give your child enough water to drink during the day and make sure they go to the toilet regularly, around four to seven times a day, including just before bedtime. This will help your child fall into a steady rhythm that allows their body clock to know when it is time to go to the bathroom before bed. Don’t give your child drinks containing caffeine, such as fizzy juice, tea, and coffee, before bed – this can make them more likely to wet the bed.
It’s advised that you don’t wake or carry your child in the night to use the toilet – this won’t help in the long term and will cause both you and your child to not get the full night’s sleep you need.
Invest in Appropriate Aids
Invest in a waterproof mattress. This may seem like a simple solution, but it does work. Make sure your child’s bed has a waterproof mattress cover, pillowcases, or a mat.
Involve your child in helping dress their bed at night before bedtime. Doing so can help them take responsibility for the bedwetting, even if the child isn’t wetting the bed on purpose. They are still aware of their accidents when they wake up. Helping change the sheets can make them feel part of the solution rather than the problem. Positive reinforcement all round.
Here at Highland BlindCraft, we stock a range of waterproof mattress and protectors in various sizes. Check us out online or in-store in our showroom in Inverness. We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. All of our mattresses are made by hand by our talented staff right here in our factory above our showroom.