A Bedwetting Resource Guide
Helping your child manage bedwetting isn't always easy, that's for sure. But in reality, not many aspects of parenting are. Thankfully, there are many useful resources that can help you along the way. When it comes to bedwetting, you can find the information you need in a number of places; where to look only depends on what you're looking for.
If your child has trouble staying dry at night, you most likely have questions about why this is happening and what you can do about it. You'll need information about possible causes, management options and new ideas. The following resources were compiled to help you find whatever you need to make bedwetting easier to manage.
How common is bedwetting, or enuresis, as it is also known? What causes my child to wet the bed? What management options do I have? You can find the answers to these questions and many others on the GOODNITES® GoodMorning Club™ Web site. The online article index and expert Q&A section contain a wealth of information about all aspects of bedwetting. While you're there, submit a question of your own.
You also can find basic bedwetting information on the National Kidney Foundation's Web site at www.kidney.org. Just look for the "bedwetting" link.
Advice and Support
If you need advice and support from parents who can relate to what you and your family are going through, post a topic on the GOODNITES® GoodMorning Club™ community discussion boards. These online forums allow you to ask questions and share ideas with other parents. The discussion threads are divided by topics that range from how to talk to your kids about bedwetting to how to host a sleepover.
The GOODNITES® Brand also hosts periodic live chat sessions with medical professionals and members of the GOODNITES® Brand Parent Panel that allow you to get immediate answers to all your bedwetting-related questions. Afterwards the chat transcripts are posted online. So if you miss a live chat, you don't have to miss the information and advice that was discussed. For more information, and to view the latest chat transcript, visit www.bedwetting.goodnites.com/chat.php.
Just for Kids
If your child wets the bed, you won't be the only one with questions. In many cases, your child will be just as concerned as you are. A number of resources exist that will help your child understand bedwetting and learn how to manage it.
Kid-friendly books are a great way to bring bedwetting down to a child's level and help them understand their bodies. Check your local library, bookstore or online bookseller for ideas.
Web sites aimed at informing kids are another way to help your child learn more and feel more comfortable about bedwetting. The content on the GOODNITES® Brand Kids Web site helps kids realize they aren't alone. It has a chat room where your children can talk to other kids about bedwetting, articles about how and why bedwetting happens and tips and strategies for talking to their friends about it.
How to Answer Your Child's Questions
As always, talking to your kids about bedwetting is one of the best ways to make them feel better about themselves. As a parent, you should realize that bedwetting is not your child's fault, despite some popular misconceptions.
"Punishment isn't effective," says Jennifer Lusk, a nurse practitioner at the Center for Urinary Problems and Incontinence Disorders at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. "Bedwetting isn't laziness, which is a pretty common misconception. They can't help it."
If you need guidance on how to approach the subject, the article index on the GOODNITES® GoodMorning Club™ Web site is packed with tips you can start using today. The article Talking About Bedwetting with Children is a great place to start.
"The GOODNITES® Brand newsletter and Web site always have a lot of information about how not to upset your child by punishing them and how to make them understand that it's not their fault," says Laura Murphy, a mom from Richmond, Va.
If your child wets the bed, it's natural for you to need help. Keep these resources in mind and use them whenever you have questions or need support. After all, that's what they're there for.