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How do I talk to my child about bedwetting?

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When you’re ready to talk with your child about bedwetting, here are a few simple tips that can help:

  • Educate. Letting your child know that other kids have the same problem can help.
  • Tell your child if you used to wet the bed.
  • Tell them they’re not to blame.
  • Tell your child a doctor can help.
  • Talk to your child about treatment options.
  • Be encouraging.
  • Encourage your child to go on sleepovers.
  • Talk to your child about taking part in cleaning up.

SOURCES:

Anthony Atala, MD; chair of urology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. 

Jason M. Wilson, MD; associate professor, pediatric urology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine. 

American Academy of Pediatrics, “Waking Up Dry.” 

Getting to Dry: How to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting, Max Maizels, MD et al. The Harvard Common Press, 1999. 

Waking Up Dry: How to End Bedwetting Forever, Martin Scharf. Writer’s Digest Books, 1986. 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Anthony Atala, MD; chair of urology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. 

Jason M. Wilson, MD; associate professor, pediatric urology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine. 

American Academy of Pediatrics, “Waking Up Dry.” 

Getting to Dry: How to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting, Max Maizels, MD et al. The Harvard Common Press, 1999. 

Waking Up Dry: How to End Bedwetting Forever, Martin Scharf. Writer’s Digest Books, 1986. 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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