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Nighttime Routines That Can Lead to Dry Nights

Try these tips to control your child's bedwetting problem.

Bedwetting Busting Routine No. 4: Keep or Review a Bedwetting Journal continued...

“Some kids get really into it, coming up with hypotheses about what it was that made the difference,” Fritz says. “It doesn’t much matter what they test. The most important thing is the kid getting into the process and feeling some control. They’re realizing they’re not a bad kid -- they’re owning their problem and working on it.”

You and your child can work on the journal in the evenings together, or use it to review your child’s recent successes before you tuck him into bed. You can also use the calendar in the evening to record whether your child has done all of his bedwetting “homework.”

“Some kids like to keep a calendar so they can make a check mark showing they did their bedtime bladder work before going to sleep,” Bennett tells WebMD.

Bedwetting Busting Routine No. 5: Make Bedtime a Pleasant Time

Experts say that the emotional damage that can be done by the repercussions of bedwetting can be far worse than bedwetting itself, which causes children no lasting damage.

So, bedtime is an opportunity to bond with your child and address the bedwetting in a positive way. You can act as a cheerleader for your child, or read one of the many children’s books about bedwetting that are available.

The key to talking about bedwetting, whether at night or during the day, is to strike the right balance. You don’t want to ignore the problem entirely, nor do you want to spend every second of every night focusing on whether or not your child will wet the bed.

“The goal is always the same -- to have the child be invested but not consumed by this symptom, and to have families be matter of fact about it, just like any other problem,” Fritz says.

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Reviewed on February 25, 2012

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