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Medically, the habit of bedwetting is also known as enuresis. This condition occurs when a person is unable to hold back urine.
In toddlers, bed-wetting is normal. However, if this habit is also experienced by children aged over 5 years or even adults, then these habits need to be addressed.
Bedwetting can also affect sleep. Citing page Sleep FoundationBedwetting can cause children to wake up which can trigger long-term sleep disturbances. Often children find it difficult to fall back asleep.
In addition, bedwetting can also trigger feelings of anxiety that can make it difficult for children to fall asleep.
The good news is that bed-wetting habits like this can be overcome. You can do several ways to get rid of the habit of wetting the following, citing various sources.
1. Take notes and calendar
Keeping track of the time of bedwetting and not wetting can help parents better understand the problem and identify our bed-wetting triggers.
Parents can also create a ‘bed-wetting calendar’ with their child. Let your children note when they wet and when they don’t. Give your child goals and rewards when they reach their goal of not wetting the bed.
Illustration of bedwetting. (iStockphoto/jes2ufoto)
This method is considered to be a form of behavioral therapy. Some children are positively motivated by tracking their own progress and getting rewarded when they hit their targets.
2. Create good sleep habits
As with other sleep problems, promoting good sleep habits can improve bladder control at night.
You can make it a habit for your child to go to bed and wake up regularly, create a bedtime routine, create a comfortable sleeping environment, and be screen-free for an hour before bed.
3. Do not drink 1-2 hours before bedtime
If possible, try not to drink for 1-2 hours before bedtime. It’s also important to make sure your child stays hydrated and drinks regularly throughout the day to avoid excessive thirst before bedtime.
4. Urinate before bed
Make sure your child urinates before going to bed. This habit should be one of the last things your child does before bed.
5. Pelvic floor exercises
Research shows that pelvic floor exercises can help eliminate bed-wetting in many children. However, further research is needed to prove this.
6. Pay attention to constipation
Quotes Parents, constipation is a common cause of bladder problems. When the rectum is filled with hard stool, there will be more pressure on the bladder. This causes bladder instability, which in turn can trigger bedwetting at night.
Pediatrician Howard J Bennett recommends that parents pay attention to their child’s bowel habits. If the child’s bowel movements are not smooth or the stool is harder, then increase the intake of fluids and fiber.