How to help a bedwetter

How to help a bedwetter

If your older child wets the bed you’re probably in panic mode.

Overnight camp is weeks away and you don’t want your school-aged child to be anxious about whether or not they’ll have an accident.

According to experts, 90 percent of children think they’re the only ones who wet the bed, but this is hardly the case. It is estimated that between five and seven million kids wet the bed some or most nights, with two times as many boys wetting the bed than girls. While the majority of kids grow out of this as they get older, after age five, 15 percent of kids wet the bed. This still leaves five percent of 10-year-olds with bedwetting issues. Apparently it’s genetic, but it’s no comfort for kids in that five percent.

There are many ways to address the issue. Parents can encourage their child to pee before bedtime and restrict liquids after dinner. Some parents try night-time underwear, and others use a bedwetting alarm.

I wasn’t aware that these alarms existed until I overheard a few moms at the park talking about them. They say these alarms can sense urine and wake children to use the toilet. Google the term and many websites pop up. According to these companies, bed wetting alarms are effective in eliminating bedwetting in 70 to 90 percent of cases.

Have you tried a bedwetting alarm? What other strategies have you used to help your school-aged child before sleepovers or sleepover camp?


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