As children get older, bedwetting can cause a great deal of stress for both parents and children, especially if you feel you are doing everything you can to help your child.
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:
Help them understand
At this age, children are starting to understand what is happening, so it’s important to explain what’s going on. Be clear that it isn’t their fault and reassure them that they will become dry at night in their own time.
Have reasonable expectations
Accidents at night are not something your child has control over, even as they get older. 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.
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 minimise stress. Switch off the TV and video games and encourage a relaxing bath and some quiet time to read or catch up on the day’s events instead.
Take care of yourself
It’s understandable that you put your child’s need before your own. However, interrupted sleep and worrying about the situation is likely having an impact on you too. Take time to rest and find something to help you relax, like enjoying a walk or spending time with friends. Your wellbeing is also important, and can have a very positive influence on your child too.
Don’t keep it to yourself
You are 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.