Bedwetting is when a child of 5 years or older wets the bed once or multiple times a week.
Impact on your child's self-confidence
Because bedwetting likely doesn't go away on its own in the short term, bedwetting often has a negative influence on both the child and the parents. Once the bedwetting starts to become experienced as an issue, the child will start to feel ashamed and lose its self-confidence. Going to a sleepover or on camp with school for a few nights are fantastic experiences. But not for someone who wets the bed. They avoid going or experience it with a lot of – unnecessary – tension.
Impact on daytime performance
In addition to the mental impact bedwetting has on a child, bedwetting can also be physically demanding. A wet bed leads to having to clean and change it, which leads to broken nights. At an age when getting sufficient sleep is very important for a child. It needs it to be able to concentrate in school and to have the energy to play and be active.
Frustrations for the parents
Bedwetting doesn't just give the child broken nights, it disturbs the night's rest of the parents as well. Not to mention all the extra laundry that it involves. Some parents might even experience bedwetting as a shortcoming of their child. If they express this, it can affect the further development of the child.
When you visit the GP or a specialist, they will often recommend bedwetting alarm training to remedy the bedwetting. That is, if no physical abnormalities are found.
With the bedwetting alarm training, motivated children are usually cured of bedwetting within 3 months. Considering the impact it has on your child, it's best not to wait too long and start with the training as soon as possible!