Do you have a teen who is still wetting the bed? You’re not alone. Many teens struggle with nocturnal enuresis, a fancy term for nighttime bedwetting. And while it can be frustrating and emotionally draining for both you, and your teen, most of the time, they will grow out of it.
There are several reasons a teenager may be struggling with staying dry at night:
- They have a small bladder.
- They are deep sleepers.
- They are constipated.
- There is a family history of bedwetting.
- They produce too much urine overnight
- They are experiencing a stressful situation or a big change (new school, change in family dynamic, trouble with friends, etc.)
All of these things may contribute to a teens bedwetting problem. So, what can you do to help them? The first course of action is to contact a physician as soon as you can to help set up a treatment plan. Be supportive of your teen and try not to make a big deal out of it – it’s very likely that your teen is already extremely embarrassed about wetting the bed. Talk with them about it, and show them how to clean themselves, and their bedding when they have an accident. You don’t want to encourage them to hide their problem, but constantly having to ask you for help may make them feel even more embarrassed. Below is a list of several options to consider if your teenager is still wetting the bed.
Try a bedwetting alarm.
These alarms detect moisture and can alert a teen if they are starting to have an accident. Over time, this can help condition them to wake up and use the bathroom when they need to go.
Just like other muscles in the body, the bladder can be trained to empty at specific times. Learn more about how to retrain your bladder here.
There are several medications that can help with bedwetting in teens and adults. Talk to your doctor to see if this may be a good option for your teen.
Limit fluids before bedtime.
Try to avoid drinking too much about an hour before bedtime, and always be sure to empty your bladder prior to going to bed.
Try the NAFC Dry Night Solution Kit.
Sometimes, the right protection can make all the difference. NAFC's Bedwetting kit allows you to try out several products at a very low price, making it a great way to find out what works for you. Learn more here.