Bed-Wetting: What Dads Should Know
Is there any indication that times, they are a-changin’, than the fact that modern dads are now interested in parenting issues such as bed-wetting? Well, if you’re a dad and are even marginally involved in your young kids’ lives, this issue will come up at least a few times. As kids get older and graduate from diapers to pull-ups to big-boy-or-girl underpants, occasional accidents are to be expected. However, some children have protracted or chronic difficulty with nighttime bed-wetting,and here are some things that you, as Super Dad, can do to help your little guys kick their web-wetting problems.
Limit Fluids Before Bdtime
This may seem like a “Well, duh” kind of suggestion, but remember all those countless requests for another glass of water at bedtime? This common sense idea will greatly diminish the chances of Janey or Junior having a nighttime accident. Also, make sure they go to the bathroom at least once—even if they say tney don’t have to go! Turn on the water in the bathroomto encourage a shy bladder if necessary!
Buy a Bedwetting Alarm
Bedwetting alarms can be purchased at various places; these handy little devices perch on the kid’s bedding and detect moisture if/when the child has an accident. Once the sensor detects wetness, it lets out a loud tone, waking the child up and alerting him or her to the fact that they urinated. Using a bedwetting alarm for a couple of weeks can help curb the child’s tendency to relax their bladder while sleeping.
Medication and Therapy
For children who are having major troubles with bedwetting, medication and or therapy may be the answer. Often kids who have many accidents may develop a psychological trauma that can even intrude into their daytime life, and embarrassing accidents in public. Therapy is good for kids like this; a good behavioral therapist can assist your child in identifying the cues for when they need to go and dealing with the emotions related to their problem. For those kids who have an irritable or overactive bladder, medication may be a good option. Either way, visit your pediatrician or family physician to discuss your child’s bedwetting problems, and have them help you all find some relief!