Bedwetting solutions for boys

Here are a few ideas and solutions for boys to help you through the bedwetting stage.
Boys and girls usually experience bedwetting differently. Because of that, we’ve put together a guide of solutions and advice specific to boys that you might find helpful:

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Bedwetting advice for boys

Whether your son wets the bed every night or has started wetting the bed again after stopping for a few months; we’ve put together some advice that both parents and boys might find helpful.

If you are concerned about the reasons behind bedwetting and think there could be an underlying medical condition, you should contact your local GP as soon as possible.

 

Things to try at home:

Keep fluid levels up

The National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE) recommends that 4 – 8-year olds should drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Keeping your child well hydrated throughout the day allows their bladder to reach its full capacity and aids bladder health.  

Get a night light

It’s important that your son can find his way to the bathroom during the night. A low light or night light will help with this.

Stay positive

Bedwetting can cause boys to feel guilty and uncomfortable about creating extra laundry. If your son is wetting the bed, try to remain calm and positive as showing negative emotions will only add to his anxiety.

Start using DryNites® Pyjama Pants

DryNites® Pyjama Pants will help keep your son confident and comfortable overnight. Stock up on them so you don’t run out and store them somewhere easily accessible - perhaps in a drawer alongside his underwear or pyjamas. If you haven’t tried DryNites® Pyjama Pants before, you can order a free sample  today.

Things you may wish to avoid

Lifting your child to the toilet

Some parents find lifting their child to the toilet during the night can stop or limit bedwetting. However, this will not help them make the important connection between the bladder and the brain that will control bedwetting in the long-term.

Restricting water intake

This will cause your son’s bladder to adapt, making it unable to hold large amounts of fluid. Restricted fluid intake will also cause his kidneys to re-absorb fluid, causing his urine to become more concentrated. This in turn will irritate the bladder and contribute towards bedwetting.  

Bedwetting medication

Bedwetting medication isn’t a long-term fix, so don’t rely on medication to stop bedwetting. Remember this is a developmental stage that boys have no control over and in time, the bedwetting will stop.

Reacting negatively

Reacting to bedwetting in a negative way could damage your son’s self-esteem, making him scared and anxious, which will ultimately make bedwetting last longer.