How to Wake Up Dry Every Day
How to wake up dry every day is a challenging milestone for younger children who are still bedwetting when they are already in school age level. I know a lot of parents are still struggling with bedwetting affecting their kid or two. Families affected tend to hide the problem since they feel so embarrassed when they discuss this problem, they keep this private matter to themselves as long as they can keep it.
Bedwetting children think that they are very different from other kids. They sometimes think that their whole being is a freak.
I know of a relative who was struggling with this condition at 5-years old and the parents told me only later that this little boy had still wet his bed every morning. They think this is so embarrassing to discuss with any other doctor. They did not know where to go to and are too shy to ask others for medical opinion or help.
There are 5 million children who are still bedwetting… So parents, do not think your child is the only one affected.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most children are toilet trained between 2 to 4 years old. But statistically, there are 15% – 30% of 6-year-olds have one episode of bedwetting per month. And 4% or more of 12-year-olds are still bedwetting.
Bedwetting greatly affects the child’s self-esteem. Many kids abhor discussing this subject at home, it can bring them so much embarrassment especially when their friends in school know about it.
Parents must consult with their children’s pediatricians if the problem is getting more uncomfortable to handle. We have to learn that self-esteem is low in bedwetting children. If the problem persists without doing early intervention, they grow up to their teenage years being alone, shy, not communicative, and reclusive.
During toilet training period, most children still wet their beds at night. I remember my daughter that she was staying dry for several?months for some time already when she was three. Then, suddenly, she woke up wet in the morning and I was not prepared for it. It stained the mattress really bad.
So what we can do here if this happens again? ?We just have to put back the child in training pants at night until she or he is ready to try again. As ?the child gets older, the problem will usually disappear.
But when the problem persists when the child had already started regular school, then it is time to get help from the experts.
Causes of Bedwetting
Most causes are not very alarming. Anatomical, environmental and external factors may be a contributing issue?to the problem.And maybe a medical condition also exist. Only a doctor can identify the cause, so it is important to always ask them.
Your child may be bedwetting because of:
- he is or she is a deep sleeper and does wake up when the bladder signals the child to urinate.
- too much urine formed in the bladder because of drinking too much water, milk, fruit juice, soda, or caffeine before sleeping.
- when the child has a bowel problem like when constipated, it presses the bladder and triggers the bladder to contract and release urine.
- minor illness like for example urinary tract infection, or abnormality of the bladder shape.
- stressful conditions like when the parents divorced, a new baby is born, stress at school, a?new environment like had moved to a new place and a new house.
- family history.
Signs of a Medical Problem
Young boys and girls could develop conditions like urinary tract infection just like adults too. Here are the things you need to know.
- is your child complaining of frequently going to the bathroom? How much and how often?
- complaining of pain, burning, straining, dribbling, and a narrow stream of urine?
- cloudy, pink, reddish or tea-colored urine?
- wetting day and night?
- urinating after coughing, straining, or lifting things?
- complaining of sudden bowel problems like constipation?
- did you observe a new abnormality in walking?
You should always bring the child to the doctor for medical assessment and management if above conditions appeared.
How to Manage Bedwetting at Home
- you sit down and talk to your children honestly what is going on in their bodies and how both of you can help to manage the problem together.
- feel how your child feels; do not make bedwetting a big issue since they feel very embarrassed about being ridiculed at home and at school.
- place a plastic cover bed protector under the bed sheets to protect the bed.
- teach them to help themselves and be responsible in changing wet sheets, replace with fresh ones, and do the laundry.
- do not tease your child and do not ridicule, make this clear to the rest of the family.
- before bedtime, remind the child to avoid drinking too much and use the toilet before sleeping.
- you may have to wake up the child 2 hours after sleeping to urinate.
- reward for dry nights, avoid punishments.
Use of Bedwetting Alarms, Is It Recommended?
Ask your pediatrician if this is recommended for your child. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, bedwetting alarms are successful in 50%-75% of cases when children have some dry nights and have some bladder control on their own.
This is only used when several steps have been placed into use for 1-3 months and the child is still not able to stay dry.
A bedwetting alarm is a device that is placed under the sheets. It will detect wetness right away and when the alarm senses urine, it sets off an alarm so the child can wake up and use the bathroom. The child should reset the alarm before going back to sleep.
Are There Medicines to Cure Bedwetting?
There are different kinds of medicines used to treat bedwetting, but they rarely cure it. This is used as a last resort but not recommended for children below 5 years old due to side effects.
There are many products in the market that promise?”cures” for bedwetting. They sell?products that are very expensive and they only market false hopes to the affected. There is no proven data that would support their claims and many medical experts are making their advice to avoid the trap. They are warning parents to be very careful about these false claims of “cures”.
A small number of children do not respond to treatment, but you can be assured that bedwetting decreases as the child matures. One in 100 adults have problems with bedwetting. They might have underlying psychological and medical issues.
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