Bed wetting, or nocturnal enuresis as it is known in the medical community, can be a traumatic problem for both children and adults alike. It is a sensitive topic that is often considered taboo, and one needs to exercise extreme caution when talking to their child about a bed wetting problem. As a parent, it can be tough to determine what you should and shouldn’t say to your child about bed wetting. In this article, we’ll address some of the commonly used techniques of talking to children about bed wetting.
Bed wetting affects approximately forty percent of all children that are three years old, and roughly five million children that are over age five. While the problem usually disappears on its own, there are some things to consider when helping your child to get through the problem. Children can be very embarrassed about their bed wetting problem, but it’s important to discuss the issue so that you can have a clear line of communication when it comes to solving the problem. One important thing to note is to tell your child that it is not their fault that they wet the bed. When parents attack their children with harsh words, they may be doing more harm than good when trying to help bed wetting. Telling your child that they are not causing the problem can go a long way when it comes to discussing their bed wetting more openly with you. If you wet the bed while you were a child, you should let your son or daughter know. This can ease much of the shame and the anxiety that is sometimes a factor in bed wetting. Also, telling your child that bed wetting is a natural process that everyone goes through to some degree may help them to ease their feelings of guilt.
One approach that parents often use with some success is to tell their child to mentally visualize a night without wetting the bed. While this approach is only of some efficiency, it can help. Another thing to consider is whether or not any anxiety-inducing events may have occurred recently. If you feel that some change in your life may be affecting your child’s level of anxiety, you may want to speak to a pediatrician to discuss ways of solving the anxiety-inducing problem.
The best way to approach a problem with your child regarding bed wetting is to let them know as much as you can about the problem while providing a capacity of warmth and love. This approach is generally agreed upon by physicians and psychologists alike when it comes to aiding the problem. If your child’s bed wetting becomes a big problem, consulting a doctor may be a good idea. Hormonal changes in the body can cause bed wetting, and there are medical solutions to the problem. Bed wetting alarms are also often used when treating the problem, which respond to any moisture on the bed with an alarm, waking the child up and creating some degree of behavioral conditioning.