You might be a parent who is looking to support your child through the bed-wetting phase, or you might be on the opposite end, feeling frustrated and slightly hopeless with the whole situation.
Just know that you are not alone. Research shows that up to 10% of South African children aged between 4-15 years old experience bed-wetting. Even though bed-wetting is common, it is not spoken about openly due to the embarrassment that often comes with it. I remember one such embarrassing incident in my own life, I must have been about 8 years old, when I wet the bed at my cousin’s house. I remember having to lie in bed and pretend to be sleeping, while waiting for all my cousins to wake up and leave the room to watch TV, so that I could quickly get rid of my mess.
I dont usually share information from press releases, but when Huggies DryNites sent me these useful tips as well as samples of the DryNites, I figured it was too good not to share it. Here we go!
Bed-wetting is involuntary
The first thing you need to know is that bed-wetting is involuntary, which means that the child does not know that they are wetting the bed. It is advisable to be as supportive as possible while your child navigates this already stressful situation. Being punished for something they can’t help, will only cause self-esteem to decrease and stress to increase.
There are numerous reasons for bedwetting, with one of the main ones being the physiological development of a child. As we all know, children are unique and each child develops at a different pace. In my case, I had accidents until I was about 8 years old, but my son last had one before he was 5 years old.
Some other common reasons for bed-wetting:
• Delay in bladder reflex development, meaning your child’s bladder is not signalling the brain to wake up.
• Their body might not be producing enough anti-diuretic hormone, which slows down urine production at night, so that we don’t have to wake up as much
• A delay in bladder development can result in lower bladder capacity
It’s not just about drinking too much fluids before bedtime
Limit your child’s intake of sugary or caffeinated drinks a few hours before bedtime, but they should be allowed to drink water as this doesn’t affect whether or not your child will wet the bed.
Potty-trained children can still wet the bed
If your child wets the bed, it doesn’t mean that they haven’t been properly potty trained. Urine control during the day is completely different to what goes on when your child is sleeping. In most cases, it will rectify itself in time and is nothing to worry about.
Your child could be a star bathroom goer while they’re awake, but it is nobody’s fault if they wet the bed while they’re sleeping.
Children don’t wet the bed because they are lazy to go to the bathroom
Blaming your child for bed wetting will only make the problem worse. Remember that your child has no control over the situation and probably feels incredibly bad about it. Many parents go the opposite way and try to star-charts or rewards systems for dry nights. The best thing you can do in this situation is to remain calm and supportive, while helping your child manage their bed-wetting. Understanding the problem goes a long way in terms of maintaining your child’s confidence levels.
Bed-wetting products can improve sleep quality
Huggies DryNites Pyjama Pants have been shown to improve sleep quality, boost confidence and reduce stress, as it makes bedwetting less of a big deal. They are a discreet, comfortable and absorbent form of bedtime protection. They can be worn under pyjamas or a nighty and come in designs suitable for age and gender to make them look and feel just like underwear. Your child can slip them on unnoticeably at bedtime and then throw them away the next morning.
DryNites Pyjama Pants allow your child to sleep on their usual sheets to ensure that both you and your child enjoy a much better night’s sleep. They also give your child some control over the situation, especially if they have reached sleep-over age. DryNites Pyjama Pants are currently available at selected retailers nationwide.
These are the tips that I found most useful from the information I received, but this is not a comprehensive information of potential bed-wetting. You can however, find more useful tops when you visit the Dry Nites website.
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- Branded blanket
- Over Night Back Pack
- R150 Mr Price Voucher
- Pack of Huggies DryNites
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If you have any bed-wetting stories to share with me or other tips you have found helpful, I would love to hear them too!
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Modern Zulu Mom