Here are a few ideas and solutions for girls to help you through the bedwetting stage.
Bedwetting advice for girls
Bedwetting is a common condition affecting 1 in 4 children aged 5, but no matter how common, for those going through it, bedwetting can be embarrassing and frustrating too. We’ve prepared some advice that both parents and girls 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 Care 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. Concentrated and dehydrated urine will irritate the bladder which may cause your daughter to wet the bed more frequently.
Regular toilet trips
Encourage your daughter to use the toilet regularly throughout the day and particularly. before getting into bed to ensure she has fully emptied her bladder.
Particularly when teen girl bedwetting occurs, girls and their parents can be left feeling embarrassed and worried. It’s important at these times to be positive and calm to prevent further anxiety.
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Things you may wish to avoid
Lifting girls to use the toilet at night
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 daughter’s bladder to adapt, making it unable to hold large amounts of fluid. Restricted fluid intake will also cause her kidneys to re-absorb fluid, causing her urine to become more concentrated. This in turn will irritate the bladder and contribute towards bedwetting.
Although bedwetting medication could stop your daughter from wetting the bed, it won’t necessarily aid her development. As soon as the medication stops, the bedwetting could begin again.