Parenthood can take its toll on at times. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find your baby’s bed wet. You know for sure that it isn’t the water that leaked out of a bottle and as soon as you realize that your toddler has wet the bed again, you start feeling distressed and out of options to treat his problem.
Bed wetting is quite common is boys when compared to girls, and it continues well into the eighth year of your child. What you need to understand about bedwetting is that it is more commonly an involuntary action. This would mean that no scolding the child! So here are some quick points to get your child into a healthy habit of not wetting the bed.
Consult your pediatrician first
Consultation becomes more relevant if your toddler begins wetting suddenly or if he is over five years of age. Your pediatrician will be able to conduct a test on your toddler and analyze if there is something wrong. Possible reasons for bedwetting include urinary tract infections and diabetes.
Encourage your child to take a trip to the bathroom
Although you will not be able to magically cure the bedwetting problem in one night, you could get him into a habit. Help him manage the bladder better. Ask your little one to take a trip to the washroom before he does to sleep.
Reward your child and mark his progress
Like us, even our children are thirsty for appreciation. If your child is over five years of age, he could understand if you spoke it out with him in a friendly manner. Appreciate him every time he wakes up in a dry bed. This might just help your child develop the habit of following your night time routine, preventing him from wetting the bed.
Take care of bladder irritants
There are various liquids and sweets that can cause excessive irritation to your baby’s bladder. Food items such as chocolate liquids, citrus juices, artificial flavors, and sweeteners have an adverse effect on your baby’s bladder functioning. As a result, nigh time could play havoc and give their bladder an irritation in their bladder, causing them pangs of discomfort.
Proximity of the rectum is the culprit
Owing to the proximity of the bladder and the rectum, issues such as constipation can cause your toddler to feel discomfort and result in bed wetting troubles. This is something that you should check with your doctor.
Never punish your toddler
Punishment never prevented any baby from being mischievous or naughty. It never eliminated the bad habits either. Moreover, bed wetting is certainly not a habit so you should control your temper and not vent it on your baby.
Being irritated with your baby’s bed wetting is obvious, but instead of being mad about it, you really need to address the causes behind it and opt for some quick solutions to the issue. Consult your doctor for advice and support your child in developing healthy habits as he grows up. Seeking advice from your elders is also good as they have gone through this phase, right the same way as you are going through it. So, now that you know that it isn’t your toddler’s fault why not give a nice smile to him and encourage him to go through this problem together.