Bedwetting is perfectly normal and as children get older any instances of bedwetting will also be a normal part of growing up, affecting almost 600,000 children in the UK every year.
Every day children are faced with challenges that can knock their confidence, whether it’s at home, in class or in the playground. One of the most common can be bedwetting, which can have a real impact on a child’s self-esteem.
DryNites has teamed up with celebrity mum Denise van Outen and children’s confidence coach Naomi Richards to launch Confident Kids 24/7, that I spoke about more last month. Confident Kids 24/7 is providing parents with helpful tools and advice to boost their child’s confidence.
Naomi works with children to help them feel confident in their abilities and overcome challenges they may be facing. Here’s some of Naomi’s advice if you are currently experiencing bedwetting with your children:
Try something new. During the day, encourage your child to try new things. When a child sees that they are able to master something new it will make them feel good.
They will see that they are able. Give them a choice. Rather than make all their decisions for them get them involved in making a few of their own. You can do this simply by letting them choose what they wear or what they do that day. Children feel empowered when they are considered and make decisions. It builds their self-esteem!
Top marks! Emphasise how well they are doing in all areas of their life and highlight how grown up they are becoming. Remind your child what they’ve achieved that day and what they’ve learned. By recognising their achievements they will instantly feel great.
Communication is key. Always communicate with your child and ask their opinions or advice on something as this makes them feel valued. In addition, parents should use bedtime to talk to their child about their day and discuss with them any worries they may have.
Time for a story. Instead of reading your child a bedtime story, why not ask them to read to you? This is a great way to get them to share the skills they’ve learned during the day and will make them feel really proud.
Banish the bogeyman! Many children are afraid of the dark, so ensure there is easy access and lighting to the toilet at night.
It’s out of your control… Get them to understand that they have little control over how their body is working whilst they are asleep, so night time accidents aren’t their fault.
Keep it tidy! Encourage your child to tidy their pyjamas and DryNites® pyjama pants into their own storage bag. Each night you can ask them to take out their bed clothes and get dressed themselves.
DryNites have also produced this great infographic with more information and hints and tips on bedwetting:
DryNites pyjama pants offer discreet, age-appropriate protection for your child to help them feel as grown-up at night as they do during the day. Visit www.drynites.co.uk to find out more about the DryNites Confident Kids 24/7 campaign