Bedwetter child and punishment

By: Riz

According to the National Sleep Foundationís 2003 Sleep in America poll, 14% of preschoolers and 4% of school-age children wet the bed a few nights per week or more and 21% of preschoolers and 7% of school-aged children do so once a week or more.

Take the burden off your shoulders and donít blame your child if he or she is a bedwetter. There are many reasons that could lead a child to be a bedwetter varying from hereditary to medical to psychological.

Here is a quick check list.

Revisit and think if you or any of childís first relative was a bed wetter.
Is your child is a deep sleeper? Well, if yes, then get a bed-wetting alarm unit that combines sound and vibration, and a moisture sensitive sensor that detects urine immediately and triggers off the alarm.
Evaluate if your child has reached bladder maturation.
Does your child have normal bowel movement? Closely watch if he or she is pooping everyday because constipation is a vital cause of a child to be a bedwetter.
Although rare, medical issues such as urinary tract infections, sleep apnea, diabetes, spinal cord problems can lead a child to be a bedwetter.
Be aware of any psychological anxiety your child might experience because of moving, death of loved one, separation or divorce of parents, and new school.
Being a parent you would find it hard to see your child a bedwetter that usually affects your childís self-esteem. So, take a pause and assess what might be the causing them to be a bedwetter.

Knowing the cause would make finding the solution and working with your child lot easier. The solution or treatment option might be a combination of bed-wetting alarms, medication, disposable undergarments and waterproof bedding.

But whatever you choose, remember your love and support is most important to your child. Donít punish or criticize. Educate yourself on the problems and challenges of bedwetter child and bring your whole family together to help the young bedwetter.

Bed-wetting in special needs children is very stressful and challenging for both parents and children. Did you know that bed-wetting is a very common problem impacting millions of children and one that is also treatable? There are many bed-wetting solutions and treatment options that can help a special needs child to overcome the problem quickly and effectively.

One of the best and proven ways to stop bed-wetting in special needs children is to use a bed-wetting alarm at night. These bed-wetting alarms use moisture detecting sensor that trigger the alarm and wakes up a sleeping child when bed-wetting occurs. Most modern day alarms come with a vibrating feature that can alert children with hearing or visual disabilities.

Bed-wetting alarms usually have loud tones to wake up a deep sleeper, however, sometimes children do not respond to the alarm initially. If your child doesnít respond to the alarm in first few weeks, help him wake up. In the case of a child with special needs it is a good idea for the parent or a caretaker to sleep in the same room as the child to help him or her wake up and use the bathroom at night. Overtime, the child will become conditioned to wake up and use the bathroom independently.

Training a bed-wetting child with special needs to go to the bathroom independently is centered on communication. So, before beginning the treatment explain to them how the alarm works with pictures, videos or hand signals or any other cues that you think works best for your child.

While you and your child gets use to the treatment process with a bed-wetting alarm, it is a good idea to keep a few waterproof bedding overlay protectors handy. Waterproof overlays can prevent urine, sweat or other unwanted liquid spills to seep into your bedding.

Motivating a special needs child to achieve bowel and bladder control will allow the child to be more independent and confident. So, donít ridicule or punish them if they have setbacks or take time to respond to the treatment.

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