Bedwetting in children can be a cause of anxiety and confusion so it’s important to reassure them and help them relax with a structured bedtime routine.
Structured bedtime each night
A positive way to manage bedwetting is by keeping to a nightly routine. Keeping to a set bedtime and making toilet trips at similar times each evening will encourage your child’s bladder to get into a routine. In time, this should help prevent some night-time bedwetting.
Have calming time
If your child is unsettled, they’re more likely to wet the bed. Allowing them to unwind after a busy day is really important. Give them a transitional time after dinner with a relaxing bath or quiet time so they can wind down before they go to bed.
Use the toilet before bed
Bedwetting is part of a developmental phase in which the brain can sometimes fail to wake us up when our bladder is full. It’s advisable to have a final wee before bed to completely empty the bladder.
It’s healthy for your child to rehydrate regularly. Reducing their water intake throughout the day isn’t good for them. However, slightly tapering the amount your child consumes after dinner and directly before bed can help reduce the probability of bedwetting.
Start to incorporate DryNites® Pyjama Pants as a normal part of your child’s existing bedtime routine (much like brushing teeth or putting on pyjamas). These discreet night pants fit and feel like real underwear and are available in sizes up to 15 years-old to aid bedwetting in teenagers too. Store DryNites® alongside pyjamas or underwear for your child to put on under their nightwear before getting into bed.
Reading a story and spending some quiet time together before bedtime reminds your child that you are there to offer bedwetting support and help. It’s important to keep bedtimes calm and encourage your child to talk to you about any anxieties or worries they have about wetting the bed.