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Parents Of Bedwetting Children Need Support

By Candace Martin

Many parents feel embarrassed if their child wets the bed, yet most people who have children under the age of four don’t worry about it as much as parents who have an older child. While it is frustrating to be changing bed linens and pajamas due to a wet bed long after a child has been toilet trained and has demonstrated nighttime control over their bladder, it is still important not to make a big issue of it. Yet if it continues to happen, then it is wise to seek out help and support.

No one really wants to admit that their child can’t stop wetting the bed at night, but family and friends are likely to be the first line of support. Nocturnal enuresis can often be linked genetically and so some family members may be able to offer their own experiences and bedwetting advice as a way to reassure worried parents that this phase will eventually pass. Family and friends can also be helpful about things like laundry and the loaning of useful items that can help reduce the amount of work involved with cleaning up accidents on a regular basis.

You might need to visit your child’s pediatrician is the problem is severe. This is especially important if the child has been able to control his or her bladder for a half a year or more, and then suddenly goes back to regularly wetting the bed. Even if the doctor is unable to offer a quick fix solution to the problem, he or she can at least reassure you that your child is healthy and that this is indeed a phase that many children go through.

The internet has become a great way to find tips and solutions and just typing the words, “my child wets the bed” into a search engine will bring up many sites that can be helpful. For parents who feel embarrassed about sharing this information with family or friends, an online group or site that answers questions can be very reassuring. Information on how to stop bedwetting is available and just having a network of support from other people who are dealing with the same issue can be extremely helpful to parents. Instead of worrying, they can now find support online and because it is anonymous, it is sometimes easier to share feelings and concerns.

In the 1950s and earlier, it was embarrassing to let anyone know that your child had a bedwetting problem. Now it isn’t seen as a negative factor, nor is the blame put onto the parents. Seek medical attention if your child wets the bed beyond age six or seven. If there is no physical cause, then remain calm and be supportive to your child – that is the key. Support from family and friends is important and online support groups are readily available, where you can discuss the issue with other parents who are going through the same thing.

Bedwetting isn’t a life threatening condition, of course, but it can be stressful for everyone concerned. Find out the latest information on child bedwetting at Bedwetting 101.

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Martin, Candace "Parents Of Bedwetting Children Need Support." Parents Of Bedwetting Children Need Support. 4 Jul. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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