Nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting at night is a phenomenon that causes children to wet their beds under the control of involuntary action. Not just at the child stage, this problem continues to affect some people even in their young adult phase.
Yesterday, we reported about a new research conducted by Assuit University, Egypt that discovered a potential treatment for this problem. Nevertheless, the research is yet to go through official trials, thus; before it does here are some useful ways to stop nocturnal enuresis in your child….
- Cut down on drinks before bedtime
Doctors say that drinking plenty of water is good for health, but children tend to consume more of other forms of liquid that are sugary and caffeinated. According to National Association for Continence, people who suffer from functional bladder capacity (FBC) – difficulty in holding in urine due to having smaller bladder, encounters worse situation when “detrusor muscles” of bladder become hyperactive. And sugary and caffeinated drinks cause irritation in these muscles, adding to detrusor instability that has been reported to prompt 70 to 80 percent of nocturnal enuresis. Therefore, don’t let your little one consume these drinks at least in two hours before bedtime.
- Protect your child from constipation
Bowel diseases or chronic conditions like constipation can also trigger nighttime bedwetting. According to drynites.com, several researches suggest that the bladder tends to get squeezed behind the rectum when the latter is constipated – a situation that makes bowel movements hard and problematic to pass, thereby; leading to involuntary urination. Therefore, scrutinize your child’s bowel movements nicely and don’t let constipation consume him/her lest nocturnal enuresis happens.
- Arrange bathroom breaks
Teach your child to take bathroom breaks quite often – after every two to three hours, so that this discipline gets their body adjusted to the time duration. Also, making them go to the bathroom right before bedtime is a definite necessity to habituate them.
- Never scold or punish your children
Losing temper and ending up to scold or punish your child will only worsen the situation of nocturnal enuresis. This is a condition that requires patience and slow recovery, therefore punishing your child will make him/her nervous and in an attempt to stop bedwetting the frequency might escalate.
- Avoid forced urination
A lot of parents have the tendency to wake their children up in the middle of the night to make them urinate. This is another aspect that only worsens the situation. They will yield to your demands, but will end staying up all night, causing irritation, exhaustion and fragility in them.
- Keep a check with the pediatrician
Bedwetting is a common issue among children. However, it might be triggered from many other problems like diabetes, educational stress, and urinary tract infections. Consult your pediatrician and get your child checked to keep a tab of his/her progress. It will not only be beneficial to them, but also to you and will cater to a faster improvement of the situation.
- Use waterproof mattress or waterproof sheets
This is a basic thing every mother, in every corner of the world does. However, the good thing is that in the morning when your child wakes up and find how much he/she wet the mattress or cloth, they might get aware and try to rectify their mistakes. In fact, engage him/her in changing the sheets, so that they understand your problems and help you.
- Use a moisture alarm
Modern technology helps making nearly everything easy these days. Moisture alarm is one such aspect of the modern world that can be useful in cutting down your child’s bedwetting troubles. The alarm starts ringing the moment it comes in contact with wetness, causing disturbance in your child’s sleep. This disturbance acts like a signal to the brain, asking to be conscious and cease such occurrences further. According to parents.com, this solution stopped bedwetting among 75 percent of children.
- Get them to maintain proper drinking habit
Often children tend to forget to drink water throughout the school, and ends up bursting with thirst at the end. This overload of water causes the bladder to burst with urine, and the thirst continues for prolonged hours, contributing to bedwetting. Additionally, getting them to maintain a proper schedule and stable drinking is also good for their health. Therefore, teach them to do that and hand them a water bottle in school, so that they drink water even while in class and not have to wait for lunch break all the time.
- Make your child feel good
Your encouragement and reflection that you’re there for your little one, is the best medicine for nocturnal enuresis. By making your child feel that you’re with him/her in this journey and that there is nothing to be ashamed of before you, you’re helping them to deal with the problem better, thereby; catering to better improvement as well.
Bedwetting is an ordinary problem in children, but with the utilization of proper measures it can be combated and stopped.