Part 1: A Guide to Managing Night Time Wetting with GoodNites Canada

I am going to do a 2 part series on managing night time wetting with Good Nites Canada and Michele Kambolis, Child & Family, Therapist.  Today we’ll talk about managing night time wetting.  

Have your kids headed to camp this summer? Do you have a child that would love to go but is feeling held back due to his/her night time bed wetting? A few weeks ago the kids and I went to an overnight camp excursion courtesy of GoodNites.  We spent the day learning mindful techniques, helping our kids deal with the stress and learning how to support.  As children get older, their expectation of having dry nights escalates, and so too can feelings of embarrassment. Nighttime wetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, affects 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4 – 12, so it’s quite common and not something you or your child should be worried about – they’ll grow out it. However, it can have a far-reaching impact on a child, and as a result, they may shy away from important childhood experiences like sleepovers, camp, travelling, and more.

So how do we manage and support our children?  Here is a great guide from the team at GoodNites:
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When travelling with family and friends, these tips are also helpful:
Plan Ahead

Help your child feel prepared and confident with a few easy steps ahead of your trip. If you’re travelling with other children, invite them to bring their own sleeping bag so your child doesn’t feel self-conscious sleeping near others.  Before bedtime, identify where the bathroom is together, along with light switches so they’re familiar with the new surroundings. In the morning, make a plan to dispose of their Bedtime Pants in a plastic bag or in the bathroom.

Educate fellow travellers

Find time to have a private discussion with fellow travellers (family members, other parents) to share facts about nighttime wetting. Reassure friends and family that there is nothing wrong and your child will grow out of this phase in time. They may share their own point of view and while well-meaning friends and family love to be helpful, they don’t always realize that their advice may cause more harm than good. In these situations, take a deep breath, listen openly, reinforce just how much you appreciate their concern, and ask that they respect the approaches you’ve decided to use.
 
Stick to your night time routine
 

Often, the systems and routines you use at home are not always possible when you travel. Try to maintain your pre-sleep routine as much as possible by bringing a familiar stuffed animal or blanket to help your child feel more.  Stick to your nighttime routine as much as possible comfortable, and continue to support in all the ways you do at home.  Include a healthy supply of GoodNites® Bedtime Pants to keep your child protected and comfortable every night while travelling.

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If you have a little one with night time wetting, I hope you like the information that GoodNites has put together. We hope it helps!  Tomorrow, I am going to share with you Michele’s Mindful Techniques.  This is to help children with mindfulness through fun and easy exercises.  Lastly, help them get involved when planning over night excursions.
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Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with GoodNights. In exchange, I received perks of compensation and/or product. All opinions are always my own.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Sapana V | 15th Aug 17

    This guide is really helpful for parents.

  2. Krista M | 27th Aug 17

    Camp can be one of the most stressful times for kids so I appreciate this list with some awesome confidence-building tips!

  3. Jenn | 31st Aug 17

    These are awesome tips. I love the idea of getting PJs that inspire bravery!

  4. Soozle (Suzie B) | 2nd Sep 17

    Wow! What a great guide – I think many parents could get some new info from this

  5. Kristi F | 2nd Sep 17

    I love the idea of having a practice run for a sleepover, that can alleviate a lot of anxiety.

  6. Christy Eldred | 2nd Sep 17

    Great tips. It would be difficult for children experiencing it to sleep away from home but I think these ideas would be helpful.

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