4 tips to stop bedwetting in your child
On top of sleepwalking, night terrors or difficulty staying in their own bed, there’s another big sleep issue that many parents encounter — bed wetting. Having a child that frequently wets the bed can be frustrating for the parent, and embarrassing for the child. The truth is, bedwetting is actually extremely common in kids, and thankfully there are things you can do to help banish the habit for good. To help you along the way, the team at Children’s Bed Shop have put together some tips on how to hopefully stop bedwetting for good.
Lower fluid intake at night
If your child has lots to drink before bedtime, chances are they’ll be more likely to need the toilet during the night, which could lead to bedwetting. Make sure your child is drinking enough throughout the day and then gradually reducing fluid intake by the evening. If your child spends the daytime in school or nursery, give them a bottle to drink from so that they’re hydrated enough through the day, and won’t need to drink excessively once they get home.
Avoid bladder irritants
A lot of food and drink contains ingredients that can irritate your child’s bladder. Examples of this include caffeine found in chocolate, citrus juices, and artificial flavourings and sweeteners. If your little one is prone to bedwetting, try cutting these ingredients out of their diet, at least prior to bedtime.
Schedule regular bathroom breaks
To lower the likelihood of your child needing to urinate through the night, make sure to schedule regular bathroom breaks throughout the day. Encouraging your child to use the bathroom every two or three hours and right before bedtime should help their body get into a routine and reinforce a healthy pattern.
Get a moisture alarm
If none of the above tips work, you could try investing in a moisture alarm for your child. A moisture alarm is a device that wakes your child up with an alarm sound as soon as any urine is expelled. Prompting your child to wake up in this way will help them to associate the feeling of a full bladder with getting up and using the bathroom, eventually without the need for the alarm.
Do you have any tips of your own on ways to stop bed wetting in children? Make sure to let us know in the comments below! To check out our range of kids beds, bedroom furniture and accessories, head to the Children’s Bed Shop homepage now.