Children are often able to control their urination, so many four-or-five-year-old children still suffer from bedwetting at night.
This is considered as a normal disorders common in young children. It does not cause any danger to children. However, parents should consult some methods to treat bedwetting in children.
1.Remind children to urinate before sleep
Before bedtime, parents should remind children to urinate so the amount of water in the bladder of children is less, so it can help children avoid bedwetting at night.
2.Do not drink a lot of water in the evening
Do not allow children to drink water before sleeping for 2 or 3 hours or to eat more water-containing food items because these things can cause the kidneys of young children to have more water into the bladder. Every night, young children should only drink 250ml water on average. However, mothers need to allow young children to drink enough water during the day. If not, children will feel very thirsty in the evening, especially when mothers forbid them to drink water in the evening. Lack of water will make the child’s body not operate smoothly.
3.Do not use caffeine containing foods
Caffeine can increase the excretion of urine, thus mothers should not allow children to drink and eat caffeine rich items, especially before bedtime, including Coca-Cola, chocolate, drinks…
4.Wake children up to urinate
In order for children to stop bed-wetting, mothers can wake them up at night to urinate. The disadvantage of this method is that mothers don’t exactly know when to wake children up or mothers can fall asleep. Moreover it cannot cure bedwetting completely since children have not fully been aware of the full condition of the bladder when being called up by their mothers. therefore, it should only be used temporarily.
5.Use the humidity alarming method
It is considered as the most effective measure to treat bedwetting. This device has two main parts:
– The sensor is inserted into the panties of baby
– The alarming equipment is used to wake babies up.
When children want to urinate, this sensor will receive and transmit signal information to the alarming equipment. The bell will wake children up. After about two weeks, children will learn how to self-wake up when feeling the signs of the bladder.
6.Use drugs for support
If these above measures are not effective, mothers can bring kids to the doctor. The doctor will prescribe medicine to support the treatment of this disease. Some drugs will have an effect on the urine producing parts. For example, Desmopressin acetate slows the excretion of urine; Anticholinergic relaxes the bladder more; Imipramine increases the urine holding time of bladder. However, mothers should be careful when using these drugs because they can cause side effects such as nausea, headache, epilepsy, …Don’t use without the guidance of a doctor.
For children under the age of 6, do not use drugs because the disease usually goes away as children grow older.
7.Use psychological measures
Enuresis in children often make them feel guilty. So mothers should pay attention to helping children not feel inferiority. Mothers should not yell at or berate, criticize children. Please explain to children that this is a normal phenomenon and it will go away when they grow and it is common to young children.
Especially do not tell others in case people tease babies, which makes babies feel inferiority and causes a negative impact to the baby’s heart.
When your child reduces bedwetting, please give him/her a good comment. You can also set up a notebook to record the bedwetting times of the baby to conveniently follow this problem and to show your child about his/her own “results”.
In the morning, mothers should encourage their baby to clean his/her blankets so that he/she will feel his/her own responsibility and can practise self-reliance.