Why Do Older Kids Wet The Bed?
Is It Normal For School Age Kids To Wet The Bed?
However, we understand that it can become more difficult to manage once they start school. Tired from broken nights, reluctant to have sleepovers, or just anxious about their nighttime accidents, it’s worth getting some coping strategies under your belt to help them out.
Top Tips To Help Your School-Age Child With Night-Time Accidents
Make going to the bathroom a regular occurrence in the daytime and encourage your child to use the bathroom before bed. Insist they go after they have put their pajamas on and just before story time, and then go one more time before they go to sleep, even if they say they don’t need to. Make it as much a part of their routine as cleaning their teeth.
Make sure your child is drinking enough fluids during the day but limit drinks before bed, especially caffeinated drinks, as these are diuretics – things that make you want to pee even more. So, it’s a no to tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and any soda containing caffeine.
During this time, it’s important to keep talking to your child about what’s going on and to explain to them you are not angry with them, and that having little accidents is ok. Keeping lines of communication open is vital to ensure they don’t hide their incontinence from you. They need to know you are on their side, you’ve got their back and you’re in it together.
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Make sure their route to the toilet is clear. Don’t underestimate how scary a dark hall is in the middle of the night! Use night lights and keep the bathroom light on if possible. Make it safe and easy!
A bedtime routine may encourage your child to take ownership of their nights. Some children are old enough to want to take responsibility for brushing their teeth, putting on their pajamas, and then changing their own pajamas if necessary, and even bedclothes, within reason. Supporting them with this and praising them for their routine can have a positive effect.
It’s ok to remind yourself that it is just a phase, but if you have tried several routes and can’t see an end to the bedwetting, it might be time to visit the doctor. They can order tests to check to see if there is a physical reason your child can’t hold their wee overnight, or if there is an underlying medical condition.