Wetting the bed is embarrassing at any age, but never more so than during the teenage years. When a girl is trying to find her identity and confidence is shaky, bed-wetting can be detrimental to her emotional well-being. Most of the time, teen bed-wetting is due to genetics. Bedwetters are usually extremely deep sleepers. While the teen is sleeping so deeply, she doesn't realise her full bladder needs to be emptied. Passing these tips to your daughter may reduce the chances of another bedtime accident.
Limit the intake of fluids about two hours before going to bed. Avoid any foods after dinner that are irritating to the bladder, such as chocolate, soda, coffee and tea.
Remind your daughter to go to the bathroom right before she goes to bed. Even if she doesn't feel the need to go, she should try anyway.
Use positive imagery. Tell your daughter to think positive, that she believes she will wake up in the morning without having had a bed-wetting incident. Some patients have found that giving themselves small rewards for waking up dry can also help them get rid of this problem.
Place a moisture alarm on your daughter's bed sheet, underwear or pyjamas. This bed-wetting alarm sounds a loud buzzer or bell the instant it senses moisture, when the bedwetter is just starting to wet the bed. Your daughter can go to the bathroom when she is alerted and then return to sleep. Be patient with a bed-wetting alarm as it may take several weeks before you see positive results.
Discuss bladder-strengthening exercises with a physician. These exercises consist of holding the urine for varying lengths of time so the bladder enlarges and becomes stronger.
Make sure your daughter is getting enough sleep. Most teen need at least eight hours of sleep each night so they aren't too sleepy to get up and use the bathroom. Some bed-wetting teens are just too exhausted that they forget to go.
Implement a backup plan. Your daughter may need another family member to wake her up if the alarm fails to wake her.
Reassure your daughter that she is not to blame for this bed-wetting problem. Let her know there is nothing wrong with her.
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- Reassure your daughter that she is not to blame for this bed-wetting problem. Let her know there is nothing wrong with her.