How to Reduce Stress in Kids Who Wet the Bed (page 2)

How to Reduce Stress in Kids Who Wet the Bed

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Updated on Sep 4, 2013

Stock the Bedroom

Help your child feel control over the situation of bedwetting by ensuring that he can prevent damage to his clothes and bed with items such as disposable underwear and mattress pads. Layer mattress pads, towels, and sheets on the bed so that the child can take off a wet layer by himself during the night, if necessary. Assist him in setting up his bedroom that he can clean up after himself, with a drawer of clean pajamas, sheets, towels, and plastic bags. Let him set up a bedtime routine that helps him feel relaxed. Offer suggestions, such as playing soft music, rubbing his back, taking deep breaths, or tensing and releasing muscle groups. If fear of the dark is an issue, turn on nightlights or provide a nearby flashlight as part of the nighttime routine. 

Establish Routines

Feeling safe and in control during the daytime, not just at bedtime, can also reduce stress. One important way to help children feel safe and in control is to establish daily routines. When children’s days are predictable, they are more able to relax, and they gain confidence in themselves, as well as those around them, so stick to a routine as much as possible, and let your child know when changes will occur. Routines also help children practice self-control because they learn that they must wait until a particular time for each activity. Lastly, routines can help ensure that your child is getting enough sleep at night, which in itself, can cut down on bedwetting.

Take It Easy

Children pick up on the stress of adults around them. As difficult as it may be, try to figure out ways to manage stress in your own life so that you can be a good example for your child. Try to do activities together that will relax you both, even if it is just a short walk around the block or watching a silly movie that makes you laugh. Try to reframe your understanding of the bedwetting (e.g. there are much worse problems your child could have; he will eventually grow out of it; it’s not that big of a deal to do an extra load of laundry here and there) so that the bedwetting itself is not an added stressor for you. If you think your child can handle it, and you are sure that you are not being sarcastic or mean, try to use a little light humor to remind yourself and your child that bedwetting is not the end of the world. 

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