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Use Our Mattress Protectors For Bedwetting Problems + Additional Tips From Spotlight!
Bedwetting is a problem that is encountered by many children. Of course, it can be a course of frustration for many parents, who must wash the bedsheets and clean the mattress on a regular basis. One of our mattress protectors could certainly keep damage to the mattress contained. We have also compiled a list with helpful tips on how to tackle a bedwetting below.
Is Bedwetting Normal?
Most children will experience bedwetting during their childhood. Bedwetting is completely normal until the age of five. If your child is still bedwetting past that age, it could be a good idea to talk to your child's paediatrician. In most cases, it is simply a case of an underdeveloped bladder.
Problems with bedwetting past the age of five tends to be more common in boys. There can also be a family history of bedwetting. Sometimes, the frustration felt by parents can also reflect on the child in question, making him or her more anxious. It is therefore important not to make a big deal out of accidents if they do happen.
Naturally, there are some medical problems that could cause bedwetting in children who are older than five. While these are rare, these underlying conditions should always be checked for if your child still wets the bed once (s)he passes a certain age.
UTI - A urinary tract infection could be a cause for bedwetting. UTI's can be caused by poor wiping methods or hygiene.
Diabetes - Even though it may be rare, a condition such as diabetes could case prolonged bedwetting. This kind of condition could also be accompanied by other symptoms such as slow healing, rashes, mood swings, and more.
Sleep apnoea - This is a condition where the sufferer stops breathing during sleep. A condition such as this is usually determined during a sleep exam, which must be requested by a doctor.
What Can I Do To Help My Child Get Over Bedwetting?
There are some things you can do to help you child avoid bedwetting. Below, we have listed some tried and proven methods to counter bedwetting and to make your child more comfortable when it comes to bedtime.
Be mindful of drinks - Giving your child a large quantity of fluid just before bed can encourage bedwetting. It is therefore advised that parents only give their children larger amounts of drink earlier in the day. Also, reduce any fluid intake near the evening, as this makes it less likely your child will wet the bed.
Add more bathroom breaks - It is quite important that your child goes to the bathroom just before bed. If your child is not in the habit of going to the bathroom before bedtime, try to make this a habit. It is also recommended to get your child on a good bathroom schedule. Ideally, they should be going to the bathroom every three to four hours.
Compounds that irritate the bladder - Not many parents are aware that certain compounds in drinks can actually irritate a child's bladder. Substances such as caffeine, artificial colourings, and sweeteners can have this effect on the bladder. Therefore, chocolate milk and soda should not be given.
Provide enough drink during a school day - If your child comes home from school too thirsty, it could lead to excessive fluid consumption just before bedtime. To ensure your child does not arrive home too thirsty, always make sure they have enough water with them at school.
Do not punish your child - Bedwetting can be frustrating for parents who have to deal with soiled sheets but punishing your child for wetting the bed can make matters worse. In fact, it could cause a lot more anxiety, leading to even more bedwetting problems in the future.
Don't wake up your child - Some parents will wake up their child in the middle of the night to ask them if they need the toilet. Whether this may seem like a good idea at the time, doing this could cause more problems. Waking up your child in the middle of the night means they do not get enough sleep. In addition to that, it could also cause them more stress.