Solutions and Treatments for Bedwetting
Bedwetting Solutions and Treatments
It’s only natural for your child’s bedwetting to leave you feeling disheartened, frustrated and concerned. After all, night time accidents disrupt everyone’s sleep. However, the good news is that there is a range of bedwetting solutions and treatments available.
Stick to a good routine
A consistent routine is important to help your child learn to stay dry at night. Try to make sure it involves some quiet time together and a last wee before lights out.
Help them understand
Particularly at a young age, children are unlikely to understand why they are wetting the bed, so explain what’s going on. Be clear that it isn’t their fault and reassure them that they will become dry at night in good time.
DryNites® Pyjama Pants
DryNites® Pyjama Pants are an effective way to help manage bedwetting. Discreet under nightwear and designed to look just like normal underwear, they offer independence and confidence at bedtime. They can be used alongside other treatments and provide unbeatable overnight protection, giving your child the opportunity for a more restful night’s sleep.
If you notice that your child’s DryNites® are dry for a few mornings in a row, try without. If your child has an accident in bed, go back to DryNites® and try again later on. Remember, wetting at night can be common up to the age of 5 or more.
Monitor drinking levels
It’s important for your child to get plenty to drink during the day. However, fizzy and caffeinated drinks are best avoided especially before bed. While it can help to cut down the amount that they drink an hour or so before bed, never deny a child who is thirsty a drink. Encourage regular toilet use – between four to seven times a day is normal.
Bedwetting alarms can be an effective treatment providing your child is motivated and is able to manage the alarm system themselves, with your support. These are either a sensor pad placed on the mattress or a sensor attached to underwear that alerts an alarm when moisture is detected (and the bladder is full). The alarm alerts the child to ‘hold-on’ and wake up to visit the loo. Over time, the child’s brain will begin to make the connection between the sensation of a full bladder and waking up - without the alarm. This method takes time to work and has a success rate of around 70%, but it isn't the best solution for everyone.
If you have any particular concerns about your child’s bedwetting, talk to your doctor or health visitor for advice.
In some cases doctors may prescribe an anti-diuretic medication (available as a tablet or a melt to put under the tongue) that reduces the amount of urine produced at night, lessening the urge to urinate at night. They can be useful for particular situations like when a child spends the night away from home and are sometimes used longer-term. But they do not work for every child.
Complementary therapies such as hypnotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic can also be used to help with bedwetting, although there is not much evidence as to their effectiveness. Speak to your doctor for advice on treatment approaches.