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My child wets the bed, now what?



Keep your Hudson Valley kid dry all night!

Keeping your child dry through the night can be a frustrating task. If you’re at a loss for what to do about the nighttime tidal wave, keep these simple tips in mind.

          Do

  • Tell the child’s doctor
  • Note the child’s bathroom habits
  • Buy plastic mattress & pillow covers
  • Stock up on clean sheets
  • Avoid constipating foods
  • Restrict fluids before bed
  • Wake the child during the night to urinate
  • Consider a wetness alarm
  • Praise morning dryness
  • Look for kids’ books about bed wetting
  • Help the child practice going & stopping the flow
  • Consider Desmopressin for special events

 

Hudson Valley doctors discuss bedwetting

         

          Do NOT

  • Cause your child stress
  • Punish the child
  • Assume the child doesn’t care
  • Assume there is no medical cause
  • Ridicule the child in public and/or private settings
  • Ignore the issue and hope it corrects itself