Raising a child is one of the greatest pleasures and joys in life, but it’s not without its full share of trying tribulations – regardless of their age. Probably the most taxing of all are the bedwetting times but with patience and loads of love and understanding you can help your child make it to the end of this slippery road.
In young children bedwetting is perfectly normal as he is still learning to control his bladder. But if his dry-night periods are not eventually becoming the norm then it’s possibly time to change the routine.
Surprisingly, bedwetting invokes the same embarrassment and sense of disappointment and failure whether the one wetting his bed is young or an adult. So the situation needs to be handled with kid gloves, offering much needed tolerance and tenderness.
A big deal
An embarrassed child will certainly withdraw if the bedwetting situation is made a big deal of in a negative way so just bite the bullet and don’t make him feel ashamed, embarrassed or afraid at what has happened.
Your grandma may have passed her -fail-never’ remedies on to you, vouching for their dependability. Perhaps they have worked for many children, but maybe not yours.
So where do you turn? Bedwetting is not an illness or a condition, but months of being faced with wet bedding in the mornings may just be a little more than you are prepared to handle!
Advice to help you and your child
Some simple and perfectly logical tips include:
- Don’t allow your youngster to drink anything during the last hour before his bedtime
- Cutting out cola or chocolate drinks from his diet in the evening may also help these are laced with caffeine which stimulates the rate at which urine is produced
- Make bedtime preparations happy with a definite routine of washing hands together, brushing your teeth with him, distracting and encouraging instead of hurrying him when he is on the loo, and get him to help prepare his sleeping space
- Praise him for trying so hard, and when he has a mishap, make sure he knows it’s not the end of the world and with a little soap and water all will be back to normal. This will take enormous pressure off him and will go a great distance in helping him
- It can also be helpful to waken your child and take him to the toilet just before you turn in for the night
The chiropractor’s hands
An alternative health solution that is guaranteed to see you all enjoying a sound, very dry, night’s sleep for both of you could just lie in the hands of the chiropractor. Now, in between your gasps, you could be heard to say: -My baby is too small to be manipulated like a rag doll or -But my baby is wetting his bed, he hasn’t been in an accident! .
Well, your baby is small and fragile and he may not have been in an accident, but chiropractics is a very gentle re-aligning of the body used to address many different ailments. It is also highly successful when used to help bedwetting infants achieve a dry night’s sleep, or at least ease the frequency of bedwetting.
In a nutshell – or in a joint, if you prefer! – a chiropractor skilled in paediatrics can gently detect spinal misalignments that could be affecting your youngster’s nerves that travel to the bladder and talk to the brain. By restoring the correct function back to the nerves that control the muscles working with the bladder, control of the bladder will result in fewer wet beds.
No need to fuss
Keeping a star chart or establishing any other reward routine is not advisable because all this will serve to do is add more pressure on to your child. And following from this, all that will happen when he wets his bed again is that he will be consumed with guilt at having disappointed you. So keep things calm and don’t make a fuss, knowing this phase shall pass.