i just wanted to offer one of the most awesome suggestions i've ever heard to those of you with bed-wetters. this was originally suggested for babies/cribs and diaper leak issues, but i think it would work just as well with bigger kids.
double-make the bed!
from the bottom (mattress) up :
this way, if the bed is wet it can be easily stripped and there is already a fresh, dry set of sheets for kiddo to go back to sleep on. this can make middle-of-the night bed issues SO MUCH easier....b/c, really, who wants to make the bed at 2:00 a.m?
THat is such a great idea!
Melanie- Mama to my super hero daughter bravely battling brain cancer. www.fightformaddie.com and expecting 1/13!!!!
1. She should increase the amount of water (not juice or milk or soda) she drinks before 3:00, maybe 2 extra glasses. This will give more opportunities to do steps 2 and 3.
2. When she needs to go pee, she should wait a few minutes before going to the toilet. She may be able to wait only 2 minutes in the beginning. She should be able to work up to 15 minutes. Don't have her wait longer than that, however, because it can lead to bladder infections. This will both stretch out the bladder so that it can hold more and strengthen the sphincter muscles holding in the pee.
3. Teach her kegels. The easiest way is to teach her how to stop the flow of pee. You can demonstrate if you like. Again, this will strengthen the muscles. It is important to do this at the begining of the flow and to push the pee out at the end to avoid bladder infections.
Doing these 3 things sometimes eliminates bed wetting entirely, and sometimes reduces it. If that doesn't work, using a wetness alarm is the most effective way to stop bed wetting. Don't use it until a child is at least 6.
They worked great for my bed wetting, co-sleeping DD too.
One happy momma to a very spirited little girl , her tough little brother , and a happy little suprise late April 2012 . Wife to an overworked and under paid husband .
It doesn't work for everyone but I figured that with the alarm being the same price as a couple packs of pull-ups we may as well try. I would recommend it to anyone. I bought the Palco brand of alarm off ebay. I think it was about $28. There's also a book that I bought for about $10 that went through how to use it. I can't remember the title and I lent it to a friend but I bought it on ebay and I think it had a bear on the front of it. Please, at least give it a try, I can not express how thankful I am that we tried it.
Gillian - Wife to an amazing DH, Mother to 5 wonderful kiddos.