Bedwetting is a common part of growing up and something 25% of children will experience. There are many myths surrounding bedwetting that could impact your child’s ability to overcome this developmental phase. We’ve debunked the most common bedwetting myths to enable you to provide the best support for your child.
Myth: “My child is choosing to wet the bed”
Truth: Bedwetting is not a behavioural problem
Bedwetting in children is not a choice. There are many causes of bedwetting – behavioural issues is not one of them. Bedwetting is a developmental stage of growing up, which most children grow out of naturally.
Myth: “I’m to blame for my child’s bedwetting”
Truth: The causes of bedwetting are often medical
Bedwetting is not a choice, so it isn’t a reflection on you or your family. In fact, around a million children in the UK experience it. Emotional stress can be a trigger if your child has been dry for extended periods of time; however, for many, it’s simply a developmental stage they’re yet to grow out of. Although it is more common in younger children, teenagers can experience bedwetting too. There are many reasons why bedwetting happens – very few of these are influenced by parents.
Myth: “Bedwetting is a serious condition”
Truth: Bedwetting is common
Bedwetting is a common part of growing up. Remember, it’s not a choice, nor is it related to age. Almost 10% of eight to 10-year-olds experience bedwetting, it is a developmental stage which many will go through – and grow out of.
Myth: “I should stop my child drinking liquids after 4pm”
Truth: Preventing a child from drinking can make bedwetting worse
Limiting drinks can cause dehydration or reduce the overall amount of liquid the bladder can hold before feeling full.
Enusre your child drinks plenty of fluids throughout the day, then uses the toilet regularly (every 1.5-2 hours). This will help them to develop good habits and allow them to understand how to respond to the sensation of needing the loo.
Myth: “There is an instant cure to bedwetting"
Truth: Most children grow out of it in their own time
There is no way to instantly stop bedwetting, as it is not something a child can control. There are ways to manage bedwetting and support your child. Bedwetting is common, and something that usually disappears over time. Using absorbent night-time protection, like DryNites® Pyjama Pants, helps keep you child dry and worry-free at night.
Myth: “I should wake my child at night to use the toilet”
Truth: Children need to learn how to wake-up naturally when their bladder is full
Waking-up your child in the night to prevent an accident can be counterproductive. It is important your child learns to feel the sensation of needing a wee and wakes up naturally.
If you intervene, to try and control their bedwetting, your child will get into the habit of weeing without responding to the signals.
Myth: “Wearing DryNites® prevents my child from learning to stop bedwetting”
Truth: Absorbent night-time protection helps to manage bedwetting
Despite rumours, wearing protective sleepwear does not encourage your child to wet the bed. Children will grow out of it in their own time, so the best way to support them is to allow them to enjoy a dry night’s sleep.
DryNite’s® Pyjama Pants and protective bed mats provide absorbent protection, to help both child and parent manage bedwetting with discretion and confidence.