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Preparing the Bed of a Bed Wetter

Regardless of whether your child suffers from primary enuresis or secondary enuresis, it is very important to assure your kid will be comfortable when he / she goes to bed at night. One way to do this is to prepare his / her bedroom so it is as ready for a bed wetting episode as can be. This will help put both the bed wetting kid's mind at ease as well as the parents.

It is a good idea to buy a shielding mattress cover and place it over the mattress to safeguard it from the potential of bed wetting incidents. Mattress covers are available in the bedding department of any department store and don’t cost too much. It is best to shop for a heavy cover made of plastic. In case of accident not only will this ensure that the urine won't seep into the mattress, but also it decreases the opportunity of odor.

 

It is advised that your child wear extra-thick underwear or pajamas to bed. Not only will this aid the kid from feeling wet and cold in the morning, but it will also means that in case of an accident a smaller amount urine will go all over the sheets. This also supplies an added measure of security for the child and can assist boost lagging self-confidence. Nonetheless, make sure your child's extra-thick nightwear is not too tight or scratchy since during the hot nights of summer the child will probably not want to wear uncomfortable pajamas or underwear!

Diapers must be turned into a thing of the past for children who are past the age of four, even if they are regular bed wetters. Diapers are likely to wreck havoc with your child’s self-confidence and also will probably thwart their motivation to end bed wetting. Instead opt for disposable absorbent underpants -- for example, Goodnites that are specifically designed for bed wetting children.

At all times encourage your child to make use of the toilet before he crawls into his bed at night and limit his fluids at least two to three hours in advance of bedtime. Also decrease his intake of sugary drinks that contain lots of caffeine. Sugary drinks include many types of juice and drinks filled with caffeine such as soda pop, tea and chocolate milk.

Put an extra pair of pajama bottoms and/or an further pair of underwear near your kid's bed at night so in case of an accident he / she can swiftly change pajama bottoms before going back to sleep. It also will be a good idea to tell him to just cover over the damp spot in his bed with a towel or wake you to change his sheets. If it had been the latter, it would be wise to have a change of sheets in close proximity.

Awaken your child at some point in the night to determine if he needs to urinate. If your child is old enough to do so, have him set his alarm clock to awaken him at a certain  time  so he can empty his bladder if need be.

Be sure to praise and reward your child for dry nights and never give in to the desire to blame, ridicule or punish your child for behavior that is beyond his control.