I’ve seen this from three sides — as a teenage girl who suddenly started wetting the bed, as the mother of three children who wet the bed, as the sister of a five chronic bedwetters.
My Mom handled this wonderfully. She was strict and conservative. But she was calm, tolerant and compassionate — and immensely practical. What I learned from her (with links to more detailed posts):
- Reassure your child
- Offer protection
- Don’t let it interfere with normal life
- Make your child take responsibility
- Discuss it with the doctor
Absolutely, positively do not
- express frustration
It’s completely counterproductive. It only makes a child anxious and afraid, and stress will lead to more bedwetting. Trust me; I speak from experience:
Nobody wants to be in a wet bed!
It’s about as unpleasant as anything can be, and cleaning it up isn’t much better.