5-7 years old Bedwetting Tips
Bedwetting is upsetting for the parents as well as the children affected and it can try the patience of even the calmest mums and dads. Your child's distress, wet sheets and interrupted sleep can make a miserable night for everyone, including a sleep-deprived parent who may already be overwhelmed by the demands of parenting.
But it's essential not to let your child know you're frustrated as this could make him feel like a failure, turning a physical issue into an emotional one as well. Here are some tips to help you feel more in control:
Have reasonable expectations
Becoming dry at night takes a little longer to achieve for some children. Remind yourself that bedwetting is quite common, especially among boys. Even children who have mastered staying dry during the day can wet the bed at night for longer.
By having spare pyjamas and sheets, a towel and a pair of DryNites® at the ready, you’ll be able to deal with an accident in the night quickly and without much fuss. DryNites® Bed Mats are another great way to protect against accidents as they are specifically designed to fit discreetly onto the mattress to provide effective absorbent protection.
The stress and worry of bedwetting usually begins in the lead-up to bed, which puts pressure on child and parent. By creating a happy and calming routine, you’ll be able to take away some of this anxiety and instead turn bedtime into an enjoyable time. A fun bath, a bedtime story in a cosy bedroom, and a chat and a cuddle before sleep are all good ways to help you both relax.
Give yourself a break
While your child’s needs take priority, don’t ignore your own. Make sure you're getting enough rest overall so that occasional interruptions in the night won't put you over the edge. Finding some time to rest and relax during the day will help you feel more prepared in case of accidents at night.
Share your concerns
At times it might feel as if you’re the only family facing this issue, but the reality is that nearly 10% of all 4–15 year-olds wet the bed at some point. Find someone to open up to, whether it’s a friend, family member or healthcare provider; talking about your frustrations and concerns will help you to manage them better.