Monday, 23 May 2016

Top 10 Tips for Parents on Bedwetting


Bedwetting tips from Lloyds Pharmacy pharmacist Alison McCreedy

1.     A general healthy diet and lifestyle can help with bedwetting. Why not ask your child how they are feeling? Are they having problems at school? Perhaps they are anxious about the arrival of a new baby brother or sister?
2.     A calm bedtime routine that’s regular may help. A warm bath or shower followed by reading your child’s favourite bedtime story may help to settle and relax them. Changes in light can lead to the release of vasopressin which can cause bedwetting so turn down all the lights and make your child’s bedroom as dark as possible.
3.    As part of the bedtime routine, encourage your child to go to the toilet before getting into bed and make sure they know how to get to the toilet during the night – is there an easy route from his/her bedroom? Is the door open? Is there a light to show the way?
4.     Waking your child up in the night or carrying them to the toilet is unlikely to help with bedwetting in the long run. Support your child in overcoming bedwetting on their own.
5.     Have spare bedding and pyjamas at hand to ensure sleep is minimally disrupted. Use waterproof covers on your child’s mattress and duvet or consider pull-ups as a short term solution.
6.     Why not use a reward system to encourage your child to help themselves become dry? Give them stickers for going to the toilet regularly and encourage praise.
7.       Throughout the day encourage your child to drink at least six glasses of water or water based drinks to encourage going to the toilet regularly.
8.     We recommend avoiding fizzy or caffeinated drinks, especially during the evening as these drinks increase the need to urinate.
9.    Keep calm and positive, bedwetting is not your child’s fault – as frustrating and stressful as it may be.
10.   It’s never too early to ask for help. Bedwetting can be prevented easily and quickly with a range of medicines and alarms.
Remember, while it’s important never to blame your child, it’s also perfectly normal to feel frustrated. Pop in and speak to your local Lloyds Pharmacy pharmacist if you need support, or are finding it difficult.

The Lloyds Pharmacy pharmacists can offer advice and can also provide you with free Norman stickers – these are perfect as small rewards for your child when they have a dry night.

Go to http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/info/bedwetting for further information.




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9 comments:

  1. I didn't have to deal with this with my son, thankfully, I know it would have stressed me out a lot. Great tips for those who need it.

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  2. Bedwetting can be incredibly stressful for the parents and the child, and I know this first hand. In the end an enuresis alarm helped us put an end to this issue within weeks where years of other methods had failed to work.

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  3. I think that you also need to bear in mind that often night wetting is down to hormones and some children develop them later than others. I think the stigma is much less and PJ pants make a difference

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  4. We're lucky that we've never had to deal with this but these are some great tips for those who need them x x

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  5. I've got three boys - keeping positive can sometimes be hard but it's so important!

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  6. One of my twins has accidents, not all the time but every so often. It's not a problem as it doesn't happen regularly but it IS a puzzle as to why. The waterproof bedding is a great idea because soaking wet beds is really stressful in the middle of the night! Great tips x

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  7. I remember it being really hard trying to keep Kaycee from feeling bad about something that wasn't her fault. I was so pleased for us both when she finally grew out of it.

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  8. ooh I shall be bookmarking this as Wilf is still in pull ups at night as we've put off nighttime training as we're worried about bedwetting! x

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  9. Really handy tips, generally youngest is okay but every now and then so its good to know what I can do to support him :) x

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