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.  


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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. 


1.Limit liquids 


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. 


If you've got any top tips for living with bedwetting
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