Bed-wetting is a natural process and part of growing up. Here are simple ways in which parents can toilet train their children.
Find out the Reason: Bed-wetting is a natural occurrence in kids and may continue till they reach puberty. The reason for this response could be fear, anxiety, or a bedtime story/cartoon they got scared of. Many a times its difficulties at school, home-work woes, peer pressure or just timidity that makes them pee in bed when they’re asleep. A bed-wetting child may have a genetic predisposition or maybe needs help in regulating their hormone levels through medication. Often consumption of aerated drinks/coffee/juices which don’t agree with their delicate system because of their high sugar and preservatives level is a cause of this. Constipation and irregular bowel movements could also lead to frequent urination. Your child could also be bed-wetting if they have ‘cold feet’ because of weak immunity or because of sleeping in an air-conditioned room.
Talk it Out: See it as a natural process and communicate with your kid rather than shaming him as ‘dirty’ or ‘weak’ as it leads to emotional baggage and your child could distance themselves from you. You could try being gentle and gradually toilet-train them. The simplest way is to wake them up in the middle of the night and take them to the loo to pee – till they do this on their own. Keep the night-lamp on so your child doesn’t get scared when they do this independently. You could also keep extra nappies by their bedside for them to change and feel fresh.
Taking Precautions: Keep mattress protector or a quick dry mattress underneath your little one’s bedding to avoid discomfort and to ensure the entire bed isn’t soiled. Make them wear thick nappy or a diaper if they’re too little; generally toilet-training starts during toddler-hood, after the child turns three. Avoid snug pyjamas/shorts/leggings as they could cause rashes, redness or skin irritation. Wash up immediately with soap and water. Keep child’s bedding separate and wash their clothes in antiseptic detergents separately to avoid spreading germs and bacteria. As they grow older, teach them about the same.
Praise and Encourage Transition: Waking up on their own and going to pee in the middle of the night is a sign that kid has understood and responds to their body’s signals. Be happy that your child can relieve themselves on their own and tell them how happy you are to see this change. Give them time to settle in and gradually they could also start sleeping in their own room alone. Follow the same routine though and keep the night-lamps on and extra nappies and pyjamas on their bedside. Keep your bedroom door open so they can sleep next to you if they’re scared in the middle of the night and just need a snuggle.
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