Should I wait until my child outgrows their bedwetting?
Here’s a question for you. Have you been told by someone, whether that be your GP, a friend or family member, or whoever, that bedwetting is something children grow out of, in time?
What were your thoughts on this?
I’m not saying it’s wrong because a lot of parents have had success with their child just growing out of it. Hey, that's great! And if the child wasn’t too bothered with this then even better!
In fact, about 1 in 7 children with bedwetting will stop wetting without any treatment or intervention each year. What is not predictable though, is WHEN your child will outgrow the problem.
This is what you have to think about. If the bedwetting is having an impact on a child’s emotional, psychological or even social development, then that’s a problem. This is when ‘waiting until they grow out of it’ is not going to be the best option for your child. Without treatment, some children continue to experience bedwetting through to their teenage years, and even into adulthood.
You may be experiencing this with your child right now and know exactly what I’m talking about. It truly is one of the hardest things a parent has to go through, watching their child’s confidence and happiness slip away due to them still wetting the bed.
A few words that come to mind that a child may silently feel are:
Shame, embarrassment, failure, anxiety, loneliness, sadness, a sense of being different to others. Some children even experience bullying or victimisation, and this can happen in the school environment and their home.
Then there’s the social activities that most children take for granted, such as school camps and sleepovers. A bedwetting child will try to avoid these for fear of being found out and teased.
So, if this is happening to your child and it’s clearly having an affect on their quality of life, my advice is, don’t wait for them to outgrow their bedwetting. There are things you can do to help and receive help. Treatment helps the majority of children significantly improve and become dry at night much earlier than if they waited to grow out of it.
To help with your decision and to rule out any potential underlying medical issues before treating your child's bedwetting, take this quick Health Screening Questionnaire.