June 04, 2021
Bedwetting at home is one thing, bedwetting away from home is something else entirely!
But don’t let it be a cause of stress for you or your child, simply prepare ahead of time, discuss the potential for bedwetting with any other adults involved, and remember to be supportive and encouraging. They’ve got this!
Here are 8 ways to help your child with bedwetting away from home.
Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to alert your child to the fact that their bladder is full. Obviously you can’t do this for them, but the Oopsie Heroes can!
An Oopsie Hero is a bedwetting alarm that simply attaches to the outside of your child’s underwear and alerts them when it’s time to wake up and go to the toilet. The best part is that the alarm can also be connected to your phone so that you can wake up to give your little one a helping hand.
If your child is staying with another adult, ask if they would be up for using this option.
Learning to stay dry at night can be really tough and a little embarrassing for children - after all, they’re not forgetting to go to the toilet on purpose!
Be sure to remain understanding during this time and take the time to talk and agree with your child about the best route to take.
If your child is staying at someone else's house, ask them whether it would be ok to discuss bedwetting with the parent or adult at the house. Sometimes children are fine with this, and other times they’re not - make sure that you respect their decision!
Informing the adult in charge can make the process easier as they’ll be able to remind your child to head to the toilet before bed.
If you absolutely must, use pull-ups. Though it’s better to keep children in pants once they’ve made the switch, pull-ups can make things much easier and far less stressful when it comes to anticipated bedwetting.
Remind your child to go to the toilet just before bed. Sometimes our bodies are more easily able to process liquids lying down, so you might like to suggest that they lay down for a while - watching a film or playing - before bed to give their body the time it needs before going to the bathroom for a final pee.
Always pack extra clothes when your child is staying away from home - pants, pyjamas, day clothes, the whole lot, times 2!
The more spare clothes the better.
Deep sleep is a common factor behind bedwetting, and a tired body will go into a deep sleep! Ensure that your child has had a good night of sleep (and maybe a nap) before they stay away for the night so that they’re more likely to wake up when their bladder is full.
Have you had success with keeping the bed dry when away from home? What are your best tips?