Bed-wetting in older children is more common than most people think. In fact, around 5% of 10 year-olds and 2% of 15 year-olds wake up in a wet bed on a regular basis. Sadly, the older the child, the more likely they are to suffer the negative effects of bed-wetting, such as:
Your bed-wetting child or teen needs your love and understanding
Be kind. Medical experts agree that the worst thing a parent can do is give their child a hard time for wetting the bed. Like any distressing condition or situation, bed-wetting requires patience and reassurance, not punishment or shaming.
Respect your child's privacy and dignity. There's no need for your friends or workmates or even grandparents to know there's a bed-wetting problem in your family.
Gain insight by searching for and reading some of the online forums about bed-wetting in older children. DryNites.co.nz has Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, an experienced Child Development expert, on standby to answer questions of parents who are going through bed-wetting - visits http://www.drynites.co.nz/ask-an-expert to view prior questions or ask your own. Posts by sufferers give you a very clear picture of how stressful the problem can be for older children.
Learn about the causes of bed-wetting and check if any of these apply to your child.
Look for answers. There are lots of bed-wetting solutions out there, including bed-wetting alarms, DryNites Pyjama Pants and bed-wetting bed pads.
See your GP to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing the problem.
Managing bed-wetting in older children and teenagers
However you end up dealing with bed-wetting in older children and teenagers, remember that this is a difficult time for them and ensure that you're always patient and understanding.
DryNites website specialises in bed-wetting and understands how difficult this time can be for both parents and children. Check out the website for more information on enuresis, self-esteem in children and read others bed-wetting stories. Grab a free sample of DryNites Bed-wetting Pyjama Pants or get all the information on bed-wetting.