This is a sponsored post on behalf of GoodNites® & Cafe Mom. Though I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.
Bedwetting can be an extremely frustrating and embarrassing condition; for both the child and the parent. Though your child may feel like they are alone an estimated 1 in 6 children still wet the bed after the age of 4. Here are a few tips that we’ve found to help beat bedwetting, but you should always talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
- Stop the Shaming
While most children grow out of the bedwetting phase one thing they will not grow out of is the shaming, and self-esteem issues that can be caused when parents blame the child for the accidents. Bedwetting can be stressful enough to a child and they don’t need any shaming from their parents. Be encouraging, let them know that they will grow out of it and that you are there for them no matter what. Give them lots of encouragement and love. Also make sure that no one is allowed to tease them about the bedwetting and don’t discuss the issue with those outside the family. This is a personal issue that will most likely resolve itself.
- Encourage Bathroom Trips Before Bed
This is a pretty basic step, but very important in the ‘dry night’ process. Have your child use the bathroom while starting their bedtime routine – before putting on their pajamas, brushing their teeth, reading the bedtime story. When it’s time to tuck them in take them one more time. Making sure they have an empty bladder before falling asleep can reduce the amount of wet nights.
- Talk to Your Doctor about Fluid Intake
By no means should you prevent your child from having a drink if they are really thirsty; but sometimes drinking constantly can be just a habit. When dealing with bedwetting it is ideal to talk to your Doctor about fluid intake. They may have some suggestions. Definitely keep away any drinks that contain caffeine as well. Caffeine actually increases the amount of urine produced, so they will actually need to use the bathroom more often if they are drinking caffeine.
- Keep them Dry
Recently I discovered the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear which are life savers – and they have built the self esteem of my son unlike other diaper-like counterparts. The GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear with Disposable Inserts keep sheets and PJ’s dry all night with outstanding nighttime protection. They are ultra-soft breathable cotton-blend underwear, with an inside water-repellent barrier and coating that is fully sealed at the seams and provides dry comfort. They also have an elastic waistband that stays comfortable and snug even after it’s washed.
What I really love about these is we can have his cousin spend the night or a friend and not worry about the embarrassment of diaper-like protection. We keep extra pairs in the bathroom in a basket under the sink so if there is any type of accident he can take care of it himself without anyone knowing. This is definitely a revolutionary product that myself -and my son- are so grateful for.