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Talking to Your Child About Bedwetting: Dos and Don'ts

Bedwetting: The Don’ts of Talking to Your Child

  • Don’t be shy. Nocturnal enuresis is a very common problem, and your child needs your help to tackle it. So make the time to talk about it.
  •  Don’t blame your child. Bedwetting has nothing to do with a child being lazy or stubborn -- after all, no one really wants to sleep in a wet bed.
  • Don’t shame your child. Belittling your child when he has an accident, telling him he's not trying hard enough, may not only damage his self-esteem, it can make his effort to stay dry even harder.
  • Don’t blame yourself. You’re not the reason your child wets the bed. Bedwetting often runs in families. Chances are good an aunt, uncle, or grandparent also wet the bed.
  • Don’t punish your child for wetting the bed. Changing sheets every night can be frustrating, but punishing your child won’t help him stay dry. Instead, give him praise and rewards for following his bedwetting treatment.
  • Don’t lose patience. Getting to reliably dry nights can be a long, whole-family process. Stay patient and positive.

 

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Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on March 06, 2014

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