At 5 Little Monkeys, we're proud to help kids everywhere get healthier, more restful sleep on our world-class sleep system for kids. But in addition to improving the quality of your child's sleep, we're here to make every part of the parenting process a little easier. If your child struggles with wetting the bed, don't worry: it's a perfectly normal issue that plenty of kids face. And as a parent, there are a number of things you can do to help.
How to Help Kids Stop Wetting the Bed
First things first: up to a point, bedwetting is a normal part of growing up. For children under 5, wetting the bed is a normal occurrence and shouldn't be worried about. It's only after age 5 that continued bedwetting warrants much attention, and even then it's still common, with about 15% of kids still wetting the bed at age 5. However, if your child is struggling with this problem, here are some simple tips to help them sleep sound – and dry – through the night:
- Don't Wake Them Up: It may be tempting to try waking your child in the middle of the night and making them urinate, resist the impulse. All this does is disrupt sleep, leading to sleeplessness and frustration for the both of you.
- Structure Fluid Intake: While it seems obvious, changing your child's drinking schedule can still help. Try having your child drink more water towards the beginning of the day, then taper down fluid intake as the day draws to a close.
- Look for Other Issues: Sometimes, bedwetting is simply a side effect of another problem. Bladder irritants like caffeine, citrus juice, and artificial flavorings and dyes can all irritate the bladder and cause bedwetting, while constipation can also be a hidden factor.
- Make a Bathroom Routine: Part of the problem may be that your child simply isn't used to emptying their bladder when they need to. Try a regular schedule for urination, with bathroom breaks every 2-3 hours or so during the day. Even having your child go to the bathroom right before bed can go a long way to stop them from bed wedding.
- Positive Reinforcement: Finally, remember that while bedwetting may be frustrating for you, it's probably embarrassing and uncomfortable for your child. Keep your feedback positive, encouraging them for progress instead of scolding them for slip-ups. Remember, they're asleep when it happens – there's nothing they can do!
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We hope these tips help you and your little one manage any bedwetting problems, but remember that ultimately, bedwetting is a common issue and nothing to be too worried about. In fact, our 5 Little Monkeys Bed comes with a hypoallergenic, waterproof mattress protector so whenever your child does have an accident, cleanup is easy. Interested in seeing the sleep system for yourself? Order online and try it for 100 nights, completely risk free!