Potty training can be a lengthy process, and one of the last hurdles to overcome is bedwetting. Remedies for bedwetting range from dietary intervention to exercise, and because home remedies are all natural, you don't have to worry about harmful side effects. Your child will overcome his struggles in this area. He just needs you to help him through it and for you to be patient.
Remedy #1: Cranberry Juice
Giving your child cranberry juice before bedtime is a popular bedwetting remedy. The juice will help your child control his muscles and wet the bed less at night, or hopefully not at all. The typical amount that's recommended is eight ounces, and you should encourage him to drink it before going to bed.
Remedy #2: Stop Offering Milk
Many parents report that their children stopped wetting the bed after they removed milk from the diet for a short period. This may seem problematic to you, if you rely on a warm cup of milk to get your children to sleep or if you feel that eliminating milk will deplete your child of calcium. The truth is that there are many other ways to ensure that your child gets a proper amount of calcium in his diet. As far as getting him to sleep, try playing soothing music instead, reading to him or giving him a massage.
Remedy #3: Bladder Exercise
Bladder exercises are also effective bedwetting remedies. Teach your child to control his bladder, which will help him to strengthen his bladder muscles. The way to do that is to offer him lots of liquids throughout the day, and have him practice holding in urination for as long as possible. You may have to deal with accidents here and there in the beginning, so it's best to have him practice in the bathroom. Overtime, he'll hold it in longer and longer, which will help him to control his muscles at night.
Remedy #4: Let Older Children Change the Bedding
Asking your child to change his own bedding will help him gain an understanding of what he's doing. The act of bedwetting is involuntary. He probably doesn't enjoy it any more than you do, and changing the beds may motivate him to try harder to resolve the issue. He may wake up in the middle of the night to a cold and wet bed and need to change the bedding. You can have clean night clothes laid out for him to change into, and a temporary bed cover that he can throw over the wet spot until the morning.
Remedy #5: Stop Using Pull-Ups
Pull ups are convenient for you and your child. However, they are not effective for curing a bedwetting problem. One of the simplest and effective bedwetting remedies is to stop using pull-ups, at least at bedtime. Your child may be less motivated to wake up and use the bathroom, when they're wearing a pull-up that can absorb the urination. Wearing regular underwear may cause him to want to escape the cold and wet feeling, and cure the problem.
These bedwetting remedies take time to work. Don't pressure yourself or your child into achieving fast results.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business.