Wetting the bed can be worrying and frustrating for both parent and child, but it's actually very common. In fact changing your child's bed in a zombie like state in the middle of the night is almost a prerequisite for parenthood and nothing to be embarrassed about.
According to The National Institutes of Health more than five million children experience it at one stage during their childhood. Although children eventually grow out of the 'bedwetting' stage, there are some simple steps which can help prevent or even beat the situation.
Here we have listed our top tips to help your child with a dry night.
It seems like the most obvious of solutions, but reducing the amount your child drinks before bed, in particular fizzy drinks, can really make a difference. Fizzy drinks containing caffeine have been linked to an increase in the amount of urine produced, so it's best to keep these treats to lunchtime.
2. Build a routine
Encouraging your child to take regular toilet trips during the day is a great way to train the brain and their bladder to recognise when they need to go to the toilet.
3. Be encouraging
No matter how exhausted and frustrated you may be feeling, the key is to reassure your little one that it's not their fault and it won't last forever.
4. Create comfort
Part of the problem can be the fear of facing a trip to the toilet in darkness. Leaving a soft light on in your child's bedroom or on the landing will create a comforting and safe atmosphere if they need to visit the toilet during the night.
5. Simple solutions
Whilst you're in the midst of the bedwetting stage it may feel like it will never come to an end. For your own sanity and to reduce your washing load we recommend covering your little one's mattress with a waterproof mattress protector perfect for protecting and lengthening the life of your mattress.
6. Reap the rewards
It's been thought that the power of positive suggestion can help children overcome difficult times. Try building a rewards chart and set targets that they can achieve to encourage them during this stage. Creating an incentive for your child could work wonders on a subconscious level.
7. Seek medical advice
Talk to your GP. Whilst it's more than likely nothing to worry about, talking to your doctor can help both you and your little one to better understand the problem at hand and put both your minds at ease.