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Why is it important to give your child a sense of control over bedwetting to help minimize the negative emotional effects of it?

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There are a number of different ways you can help your child take some ownership of his bedwetting recovery, which will instill confidence and a sense of hope. First, work with your child to create and keep a bedwetting calendar or journal. Your child can recognize dry nights with stars and even come up with different hypotheses to test. For instance, they might decide to test whether limiting soda in the evening helps minimize bedwetting occurrences and keep track of it in their bedwetting journal.

You can also encourage your child to visualize his bladder filling up overnight and imagine himself waking up to use the bathroom when he needs to urinate.

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation web site: “ .” Bedwetting

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “ ,” .” BedwettingPractice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis

American Academy of Family Physicians web site: “ ).” Enuresis (Bed-Wetting

Johnson, M, “Nocturnal enuresis,” Urologic Nursing, December 1998.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor and director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Medical School.

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation web site: “ .” Bedwetting

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “ ,” .” BedwettingPractice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis

American Academy of Family Physicians web site: “ ).” Enuresis (Bed-Wetting

Johnson, M, “Nocturnal enuresis,” Urologic Nursing, December 1998.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor and director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Medical School.

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

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