Bedwetting can be a frustrating problem no matter what time of year. But as we head into spring and summer travel season, many parents face extra stress due to traveling with a child who wets the bed. Nighttime routines are usually different and children may feel uncomfortable sleeping in a strange bed, which can lead to bedwetting. Experts agree that it is important to reassure your child while traveling that everything will be okay, no matter what.
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Parents can make preparations before the big trip to help them and their child have a wonderful, stress-free vacation. Dr. Benjamin Danielson offers the following tips:
1. The key to making it easier is to plan ahead. Think about your trip and where your child will be sleeping. Depending on how, where and when you travel, it may be hard to find places to wash clothes and get fresh sheets if bedwetting occurs, so in this instance it is important to be prepared with extra clothes.
2. Using GoodNites® Sleep Pants makes for a comfortable sleep experience, and reduces clean up time, no matter where you are.
3. If you’re camping, bring a waterproof liner for sleeping bags and camper bunks.
4. Limit liquids after dinner and encourage your child to use the toilet right before bedtime.
5. If possible, make it easier for your child to get up in the middle of the night and find the bathroom. (Nightlights; Practice walking to the bathroom and showing your child where to find the light switches.)
6. If you are staying in a hotel, contact the hotel before you arrive and ask for a roll-away bed in your room as well as an extra set of clean sheets.
7. If your child does have an accident, handle it calmly and have him or her help you clean up. Make sure to reassure your child that it is OK.
8. Be consistent with your nighttime routine. The things you do before bedtime shouldn’t change just because you’re in a different location.
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