If your child has been wetting the bed for some time, you've probably found a way of dealing with the situation on a day to day basis that works for your family. There are times however when this routine can be disrupted. Here's how to manage the most common situations:
Get set for sleepovers
At 5 – 6 years old children start showing an interest in sleeping over with friends. While this might seem like a terrifying prospect if your child wets the bed, there's no reason why they shouldn't enjoy nights away, provided you make the right preparations. If your child is nervous, show them encouragement and explain that with your help they will be able to join in the fun.
There are a number of steps they can take to protect against accidents while away. Providing unbeatable protection, DryNites Pyjama Pants offer a perfect solution to help your child manage the situation independently and discreetly. Remind them to cut back on drinks an hour or two before bed and to have a last wee before lights out. Encouraging your child to get a good night's rest before the sleepover is also a good idea as children often don’t sleep as well when away from home.
Practice all these steps at home before the sleepover to help your child feel more confident about managing while they're away. With your child's permission, it's also a good idea to talk to the adult wherever your child is staying about your child's bedwetting so that they can offer support in your absence.
If your child is really worried about spending the night away, suggest that they invite friends to a sleepover at home first so that they can see how they would manage in the event of an accident.
Their changing body
By the age of 5-6, children are becoming more aware of their bodies and what's happening to them. As a result they are likely to be more aware of their bedwetting and may start to question why it's happening to them and when it will stop.
The most important thing to do is to help your child understand that bedwetting is not their fault. Explain what the causes are and reassure them that it happens to many children their age. Show them that you understand how they are feeling and that you are there to help them in any way you can.