Wetting generally refers to bed wetting, a problem that families with babies, toddlers, and young children do grapple with. Wetting is never really a problem when a baby is involved. It only comes to be a problem where mature toddlers and children are involved.
Although wetting toddlers occur during the day and at night (nocturnal enuresis), it becomes common during the night when a toddler is asleep. However, most toddlers overcome the problem by the time they are three years of age, although occasional wetting can still occur. It also turns out that some toddlers never get to overcome the problem and continue wetting beyond their fifth anniversary.
Wetting is never a toddler’s fault. It simply happens because a toddler is still unable to control his/her bladder, especially during sleep. However, you need to be concerned when the problem persists when your toddler has grown to become a preschooler or a teen. This is because wetting at that stage may mean a medical condition that requires treatment. It also happens that wetting runs in families, which may explain why your preschooler still has the problem.
Although your toddler eventually overcomes wetting as he/she grows to gain control of his/her bladder, there are ways that can help you and your toddler cope with the problem. The following tips should be helpful.
Your toddler’s body needs to be hydrated properly as he/she grows up. Unfortunately, it is because of hydration that increases the wetting problem. Consider giving your toddler a lot of drinks during the day and less at night.
Wake up Routine
Although your toddler is most likely to wet the bed at least two or three times every night, the first wetting normally happens just a few hours after falling asleep. Because your toddler always falls asleep before you, make it the routine to wake him/her just before you get into bed to empty his/her bladder. You also need to consider waking him/her up one more time during the night for bladder emptying.
Take your time to train your toddler about urine withholding. Although this can be difficult, it helps to strengthen your toddle’s bladder and the associated muscles. Give your toddler a lot of drinks during the day and encourage him/her to hold urinating for several minutes or hours (if possible) as one way of helping him/her gain control of his/her bladder.
Stop and Go
The stop and go is a technique that helps a toddler get full control of his/her bladder. Train your toddler to stop emptying his/her bladder several times during the process of urination. He gradually realizes that he/she can control when and when not to empty his/her bladder.
Bladder Conditioning Device
Using a bladder conditioning device can be very helpful in alerting your toddler to wake up to empty his/her bladder. The design of such a device involves the use of a pad and a buzzer. The buzzer wakes up your toddler the moment the first drop of urine hits the pad, which in effect wakes the toddler up.
You seriously need to avoid foods that serve to irritate your toddler’s bladder, especially in the evenings before he/she goes to sleep. Although beneficial, avoid feeding your toddler on food prepared with tomatoes in the evenings. Similarly, avoid giving him any juice with acidic flavors such as corn syrup, orange and lemon juice.
Bladder Soothing Foods
Because it is most likely that you have started to introduce your toddler to solid foods, consider including bladder-soothing foods in his diet. Consider preparing spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli, and collard greens in such a way that he/she will find it easy to eat. One good fruit that you need to consider giving your toddler in the evenings is avocado. It is one of the best bladder-soothing fruits you can find.
Wetting in toddlers is perfectly normal and the above tips should help you manage it very effectively. However, you will need to talk to your toddler once he/she is able to understand about wetting and why it happens. Doing so will help him/her understand that he/she will be able to overcome the problem as he/she grows.