Enuresis or bed wetting as it is commonly called is a condition when the child passes urine during his /her sleep. For infants & young children, urination is involuntary. By the time children reach the age of 4 yrs., they achieve some level of control. While daytime control is usually achieved first, nighttime control comes later.
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Enuresis or bed wetting as it is commonly called is a condition when the child passes urine during his
/her sleep. For infants & young children, urination is involuntary. By the time children reach the age of 4
yrs., they achieve some level of control. While daytime control is usually achieved first, nighttime control
A Very Common Problem
As a parent, you must understand that enuresis is involuntary. If your child is wetting the bed, he/she
needs your parental support and assistance. Bedwetting is more common in boys and depends upon the
child’s development & maturity, overall physical & emotional health. Chronic illness may increase the
problem so be aware of what’s involved.
Some Home Treatments
Your child might gain bladder control overtime & that too without any treatment. But you should allow
your child to overcome the situation on his/her own. These home treatments may stop bedwetting:
Careful Liquid Consumption: Monitor the consumption of liquid and encourage your child to
drink 40% of their requirement in the morning, 40% in noon and remaining 20% in the evening.
Lower Caffeine Consumption: Make sure that your child is not consuming too much caffeine.
Caffeine is diuretic, which means that it promotes excretion of urine. So avoid cola-drinks,
chocolate, and tea as they contain caffeine.
Toilet Training: Make it a habit of your child to use the toilet before going to bed. Remind
your child to get up during the night to go to the bathroom. You might keep a night light near
the toilet, or you may even consider keeping a potty chair beside the bed.
Self-Help: You may even let your child solve the problem on own if he or she is older than 4.
Reward: Another way to stop bedwetting in a child is by praising and rewarding your child for
more dry nights. A good way is to involve the child as well. Just use a calendar and put stars or
stickers on the days that your child doesn’t wet the bed.
• Never scold or abuse the child and have patience about changing the bed linen. Better have
patience and don’t get offended by the smell of urine.
• Don’t wake-up your child at odd-hours in the night and never punish them as it may make the
In The End
Make the best use of these home-based treatments to stop bed wetting in your child and rest assured
he/she will stop wetting the bed with time.