Becoming a Bedtime Champion for Your Kids
Although children will outgrow nighttime wetting with time and patience, there are important ways for parents to help.Provide Encouragement
First, provide gentle encouragement and reassurance. Sometimes one or both parents struggled with nighttime wetting, and children need to hear this. It’s very powerful for children to hear that they’re just like Mom or Dad and that their parent could eventually stay dry at night. You might want to tell your children that wetting the bed is common and that it mostly is caused by how soundly they sleep at night. Good solid sleepers will keep on sleeping no matter how much their bladder tries to rouse them. Hearing these explanations can be very reassuring for children and parents alike.Encourage Daily Habits
During the day, some simple steps can help children progress toward a consistently dry bed. Encourage plenty of fluids in the morning hours; a good diet with plenty of water, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables will prevent constipation, which can be a contributor to nighttime wetting.
It’s very powerful for children to hear that they’re just like Mom or Dad and that their parent could eventually stay dry at night.
Close to bedtime, have your child empty his bladder completely. This should be a relaxed, unhurried trip to the bathroom. Afterward, have the child discreetly put on his own pair of GoodNites® Bedtime Pants or GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear right at bedtime.
Although parents can help “set the stage” for success, the final development of this ability will occur on the child’s own schedule and can’t be rushed. While children develop this skill, parents’ main goals should be to help them understand that dryness will come and that there is nothing serious to worry about.