February 09, 2023
Being a parent is a continuous learning process, and sometimes (most likely!) along the way we will make some mistakes. Even with the best of intentions! You are only human. Bedwetting, can be one of those problems that goes on for years, building up a lack of sleep and frustration. An easy combination to make mistakes. So here our guide, of some typical mistakes parents make and how to tackle:
A common mistake some parents with good intentions can make is punishing (or embarrassing) their children in order to try influence their bedwetting problems. Keep in mind that bedwetting (or urination in their sleep) is an unconscious event and not done on purpose. By showing disappointment, anger or punishing the child for wetting the bed will probably only aggravate the problem and make it worse. Although it can be upsetting for you too, try to take a deep breath and remain consistent using a bedwetting alarm (or other suitable solution) for your family. If your child is older, help teach them what they can do in the event of a bedwetting event. Where they can place the wet sheets safely and provide clean sheets.
2. Comparison between siblings:
On some occasions, it can be easy to compare your experience with your eldest non bedwetting children with your youngest bedwetter. Although we may realize logically it is best not to compare children, this may happen automatically. While it seem harmless, it often can create feelings of inferiority and a rift between the siblings. On the other hand, it may cause your child to rebel and refuse to cooperate, having the opposite effect of your good intentions. At this point, make sure to sit down together for some one-on-one time to reconnect and help each other out.
3. Using pull-ups:
One solution many parents turn to after wet sheets and stinky mattresses are pull-ups (big diapers). A practical solution on the surface, to try and contain the urine. The trouble with these is that they can prolong the problem as they are so comfortable and ‘dry’ to wear. It becomes difficult for the child to feel the wetness and realize they have wet the bed. On the other hand these can be a good solution when taking a break and looking for the right product for your child.
4. Not using consistently and stopping too soon:
Once you start using a bedwetting (enuresis) alarm it is important to remain consistent. Often what can happen, families start off strong using the alarm consistently for the first week or two and then become complacent. It is important (regardless) of the result, to try to use the alarm until two dry weeks are achieved.
5. Not choosing the right alarm for your family:
There are many different types of enuresis bedwetting alarms on the market. Some include their own underwear, other’s are wireless and connect to a wall piece and some like Oopsie Heroes work with a fun mobile app and stickers. Take some time to research your different options and find the best solution for your family.
What other mistakes do you think parents should be aware of? We would love to hear!
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