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Understanding Bedwetting

Information at Your Fingertips: A Bedwetting Resource Guide

Helping your child manage bedwetting (or nighttime wetting) isn't always easy, that's for sure. But in reality, not many aspects of parenting are. Thankfully, there are many useful resources that can help you along the way.

When it comes to nighttime wetting, you can find the information you need in a number of places; where to look only depends on what you're looking for.

If your child has trouble staying dry at night, you most likely have questions about why this is happening and what you can do about it. You'll need information about possible causes, management options and new ideas. The following resources were compiled to help you find whatever you need to make nighttime wetting easier to manage.

The Basics

How common is nighttime wetting or, as it is also known, enuresis? What causes my child to wet the bed? What management options do I have? You can find the answers to these questions and many others in the Bedwetting Education section. It contains a wealth of information about all aspects of nighttime wetting. While you're there, submit a question of your own.

Advice and Support

If you need advice and support from parents who can relate to what you and your family are going through, visit our Bedwetting Education section. The discussion threads are divided by topics that range from how to talk to your kids about nighttime wetting to how to host a sleepover.

Just for Kids

If your child wets the bed, you won't be the only one with questions. In many cases, your child will be just as concerned as you are. A number of resources exist that will help your child understand nighttime wetting and learn how to manage it.

Kid-friendly books are a great way to explain nighttime wetting and help kids understand their bodies. Check your local library, bookstore or online bookseller for ideas.

Websites aimed at informing kids are another way to help your child learn more and feel more comfortable about bedwetting. The content on the GoodNites® website helps kids realize they aren't alone. It has articles about how and why nighttime wetting happens and tips and strategies for talking to friends about it.

How to Answer Your Child's Questions

As always, talking to your kids about bedwetting is one of the best ways to make them feel better about themselves. As a parent, you should realize that nighttime wetting is not your child's fault, despite some popular misconceptions.

"Punishment isn't effective," says Jennifer Lusk, a nurse practitioner at the Center for Urinary Problems and Incontinence Disorders at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. "Bedwetting isn't laziness, which is a pretty common misconception. They can't help it."

If your child wets the bed, it's natural for you to need help. Keep these resources in mind and use them whenever you have questions or need support. After all, that's what they're there for.



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