Bedwetting in older children can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for both parents and children, especially if you feel you are doing everything you can to help your child control the problem.
But it’s very important to handle the situation with patience and in a way that shows your child that you’re there to help and support them through this phase. Here are some tips to help you feel more in control:
Have reasonable expectations
Even as they get older, accidents at night are out of your child’s control. Bedwetting has many causes and accidents can happen no matter what you and your child do to prevent them, so be patient and supportive. If a certain course of action isn't working straight away, don't give up. Sometimes it just takes time.
Prepare in case of an accident together by putting spare pyjamas, sheets, a towel and a pair of DryNites® somewhere you can find them easily. That way you can both deal with a night time accident quickly and calmly. Fitting discreetly to the mattress to provide effective absorbent protection, DryNites® Bed Mats are another great way to protect against accidents and simplify changing the bed in the event of one occurring.
Encourage calm bedtimes
Going to bed in the right frame of mind will help your child to relax and sleep well. The anxiety and stress of bedwetting builds as bedtime draws near, so make sure your child enjoys some calming activities to help them unwind. Switch off the TV and computer games and encourage a relaxing bath and some quiet time to read or catch up on the day’s events instead.
Look after yourself
It’s completely understandable that your child’s needs are foremost in your mind. But interrupted sleep and the worry of the situation are likely to be having an impact on you too, so it’s important to look after yourself. Take time out to rest and find something to help you relax like enjoying a walk or spending time with friends.
Don't suffer in silence
You're not alone. Many families are going through the same things as you, and connecting with people in the same situation can be a huge help. Talk to your doctor or NHS continence adviser for support. Sharing your feelings with a good friend or family member can also help you feel better about the situation, so don’t bottle it up.