What are the treatment options for bedwetting?
Bedwetting is more common among children and teenagers than many people think. Nighttime “accidents” are often troubling for the whole family. But the problem usually goes away on its own over time. Until then, there are various things you can do to help your child. The main thing is to be patient.
Children are only able to control their bladder if various things in their body have already developed fully. This takes longer in some people. Then they may wet the bed. That's not unusual, and it's nobody's fault. It is important not to shout at the child or put them under pressure by threatening to punish them.
The good news is that most children stop wetting the bed after some time, without any treatment. There are various things you can do to make life easier for everyone involved. For instance, having fresh sheets and bedding on hand at night. There are also special absorbent nighttime pants for older children.
Everyday life can still be quite distressing until the problem goes away, though. Because of this, families often seek treatment to help. Many simple measures to reduce bedwetting have hardly been studied, so very little is known about how effective they are. Research has shown that electronic bedwetting alarms (e.g. in special underwear and mats) help in many children. Certain medications can help in at least some children, too.