Bedwetting at night is a fairly common developmental hurdle for children as they grow into their bodies. Most of the time, it shouldn't be a cause of much medical concern for children under the age of six. In fact, around 15% of all five-year-olds still wet the bed occasionally, but most will soon overcome this issue.
While you might not be worried yet, you might certainly be annoyed with all the constant laundry and sheet changing. The extra cleaning that comes from a child with a bedwetting problem is enough to aggravate any busy parent. Here's some advice for dealing with bedwetting issues in a positive and practical way that could benefit both you and your child alike.
Share Your Stories
Many children feel shame about wetting the bed, but there's some evidence that bedwetting is a genetic habit. Sharing your own stories about when you were growing up can help make your child feel like you understand what they're going through. Otherwise, simply let them know that they're not alone. After all, it really is completely normal to have nighttime incontinence issues!
Give Them Options
Talk with your child about what the two of you can do to help make the situation easier for both of you. Picking out new waterproof fitted sheets or a waterproof mattress protector can help them feel more involved in the solution. Additionally, have them help out with the cleaning after a wetting incident -- not as punishment, but as a natural consequence to take responsibility for their actions.
Stress can be a trigger for bedwetting. The anxiety your child feels about soiling their fitted sheets only makes the problem worse. Look out for signs that your child might be getting teased or bullied at school (or at home from siblings). Set up a relaxing bedtime routine that includes using the bathroom just before lights out.
Most of all, remember that bedwetting is, for most children, just a phase. Do what you can to handle the situation by investing in waterproof fitted sheets or potty training sheets. Not only will you help your child, but you'll also protect your mattress and make the morning clean-ups that much easier for everyone involved. The best advice for parents is, as always, to practice patience and understanding when it comes to helping your children develop and outgrow their bedwetting.