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Combatting bedwetting – a hubbers guide

bedwettinghubbersguideMost kids go through a stage when they can’t stay dry at night. Sometimes this stage is relatively short – and some lucky parents have children who even go straight from nappies to sleeping through dry.

Unfortunately, some children just have trouble with bedwetting. We’ve compiled some tips from some forum members to hopefully ease your worries about bedwetting, and help your child get a dry night’s sleep.

Brolly Sheets – these sheets will absorb up to 2 litres of liquid overnight – so if any accidents do occur, you can clean them up easily without having to change the full bed every time. A handy tip from one hubber – “My best friends were my 2 brolly sheets I bought online – fab for in the middle of the night! Just whip off the wet one and throw a clean one on. Easy!” – Chippa

Make sure they use the toilet, but don’t wake them to go – going straight before bed can help limit the urine in their bladder before sleep, thus limiting the possible need to go to the toilet. Limiting their drinking late in the day will help with this too. While it may be tempting to wake them in the middle of the night so they don’t wet the bed, this can  harm the learning process for the brain to know how long to hold on for. “We were also advised not to wake her and to just minimalise her drink intake late afternoon.”  – 3InATub

Don’t ever blame them, they’d stop if they could – no child wants to wet the bed. It’s not a nice feeling – both physically and emotionally. Getting upset with them is the opposite of what they need – they need reassurance that it isn’t weird or stupid or their fault, and encouragement that they can get better at holding it in or waking up in time to go to the toilet. “We never shame them. They would stop it if they could.” – anewme

Keep it light-hearted, don’t make it a big deal when it happens – your child can get stressed out if you make their bedwetting a big deal, and the stress can make their bedwetting worse. Keep it simple and don’t make a big event out of the accident, and your child should relax, letting their mind learn how to hold better, as no one learns well under stress. “We don’t make a big fuss about it when DD1 does wet, but when she has a dry night we celebrate!” – gremily

Get a bedwetting alarm – this is an alarm that will go off when your child starts wetting the bed and wake them up to go to the toilet. There a number of different types of alarms you can try – it just depends on your child as to which one will work best. These are said to work within 6-8 weeks, and sometimes even quicker than that. “I just followed the directions given and he was completely dry in 4 weeks. Worked like a charm.” – sunnyflower

A big thank you goes to all the forum mums whose advice fueled this article. Remember that if you have any medical concerns about your child’s bedwetting, don’t hesitate to see your doctor – there’s no harm in a visit.

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