Bed Wetting After 6 Years of Age – Reasons and Advice

Bed wetting is a problem faced by a large number of children as well as teenagers. It not only affects the children who suffer from it, but their parents, who must deal with the aftermath of it.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 5 to 7 million children aged 6 years or older suffer from night time bed wetting, medically known as enuresis. This is characterized by involuntary loss of urine at night, or peeing in bed. If a child wets the bed after the age of 5 or 6, there is an 85% chance he or she will still do it a year later.

Some possible reasons kids wet the bed:

It’s not known exactly why children wet the bed after a certain age, but it is believed that in some cases it may be genetic. Research indicates that if both the child’s parents wet the bed in their childhood, then there’s a 77% chance that the child will wet the bed. If just one parent was a bed wetter, then the child still has a 44% chance of wetting the bed too. However, if neither parent wet the bed, the child still has a 15% chance of becoming a bed wetter.

Also, having a small bladder capacity, which holds less urine than the average child, can also be a factor in bed wetting.

One of the worst things parents can do is get upset, yelling and screaming will only make matters worse. Some parents blame the child and in this way make the child feel guilty; this only serves to stress the child more, lower his/her self-esteem and create more bed wetting. Some parents may feel they have failed and have not properly toilet trained their child. However, the expectation that parents have as far as when their child should stop peeing in bed is totally cultural and socially imposed. Each child has his or her proper time to stop bed wetting. It’s believed bed wetting is a psychological condition, which diminishes with time, so some patience and love will help reduce and eliminate it. Apart from medication, which can have mixed results and lead to adverse side effects, here are some natural ways to help reduce the problem:

• Reassuring your child that this is a normal part of development and that there is a good chance that she/he will eventually outgrow it.

• Make sure your child pees twice before going to bed, right after dinner and just before going to bed.

• Make sure your child is not drinking pop; drinks with caffeine and carbonation, these are diuretics, and will cause excessive urination for example: coke, root beer, ice tea. Ensure they only consume these drinks on special occasions and only before 4pm.

• Encourage your child to go to the washroom in the middle of the night, make sure there are night-lights in the washroom and in the hallways leading to it, so the child can see his/her way.

o Make sure the path is also clear of clutter, so the child does not trip on the way to the bathroom

• Do not tell frightening, scary stories at night, only happy, feel good ones. This will ensure your child is in a good mood just before sleep.

• Talk to your child at night; see if there is anything on his/her mind or anything that may be bothering them. Having their fears out in the open may reduce anxiety and help the child have a peaceful and dry night.

It’s also advisable to give your child positive reinforcement after a night of non-bed wetting, for example, say: “Wow, what a dry bed! You did well last night!”

Implementing all these techniques will most certainly help you reduce, if not eliminate your child’s bed wetting behaviour, the key ingridients are time, patience and understanding.

Kids Educational Craft Ideas – Alternatives to Using a Paint Brush

Painting opens up a world of colour and communication for children and is a wonderful way for them to create. There are many simple and exciting alternatives to using a paint brush.

String painting is easy and is a great way for children to pattern paint. You just wrap some string around a small wooden block (this could be a building block that your children play with). A square or rectangle shape is better, but make sure that it is big enough for the child to hold easily. To aid in your child’s learning, it is best to have a variety of different sizes handy. Prepare some paint and pour it into some old polystyrene trays or any tray that you can afford to use for lots of painting activities. Dip the block into the paint and press on the paper and you’re done!

Marble painting is another way for children to have fun and also learn hand eye coordination whilst creating different patterns. Prepare some paint and put it in a container that has deep sides, such as an old baking tray or a shallow cardboard box. The top of a shoe box is an excellent example providing that it is still strong and intact. Put some paper in the bottom of the tray with a small amount of paint (you can use two or three different colours at a time). Drop a marble in the tray and let the children move the marble backwards and forwards, sideways etc. to create their own work of art.

Finger painting develops the child’s sensory skills as they feel and touch the paint. Put some paint on an old table and let the children put their hands in it and make their own designs. If you do not have an old table that you can use, then you can always put some plastic on the table and this will suffice.

Please bear in mind that most paints are easily washed off surfaces and hands with hot soapy water but please check the instructions to be certain! Once the children have finished their painting, put a piece of paper on top and peel it off. Put it somewhere to dry and then they have a print of their art work to show to family and friends.

Here are some other quick tips and alternatives that your children may enjoy that can also be used for printing…

  • Cotton bud painting can encourage children to paint in a different way, which develops fine motor skills.
  • Cotton wool has a different feel and texture to it.
  • Paint rollers are fun to use on large rectangular areas. So this would be ideal for example, if you are planning on painting a red cardboard bus.
  • Cotton reels and corks can be used for pattern painting.
  • Sponges cut into different shapes can be a great way to recycle and you can use both their rough and smooth sides in painting. Some examples of shapes you can use are rectangles and circles and a diamond or star. You can also purchase sponge shapes from a good toy shop, or you can order them from educational supply magazines.
  • Other ideas include the cardboard rolls inside household foil and plastic wrap, plastic forks or jar lids.

Just remember to let those creative juices flow.

Helen Thompson is a qualified child care worker (Nursery Nurse) and Brain Gym consultant who has spent many years working with children aged between 0 – 8 years. Helen aims to provide busy parents, carers and teachers with fun and educational activities for children to develop their creativity.

Child Care – Six Methods to Deal With Your New Baby

1. If your infant experiencing reddening of the skin around his umbilical cord or worse, when there’s pus on it and you can smell something unpleasant, you should at once bring your infant to the doctor.

2. The failure to urinate half-dozen to 8 hours after urination or merely the uneasiness in doing so after circumcision is also a cause for apprehension and calls for consultation with a doctor.

3. Reading to your little one would be good for him. You will need to employ words that rhyme when you do. You can also simply place him on your knees when reading a magazine with images. He will for sure like looking at them.

4. It’s best to utilize musical games with your newborn at the age of under 3 Months, encouraging him with clapping hands, or feet, bicycling his legs, wriggling his fingers, moving his feet and arms up and down. This can not merely exercise his limbs but will also divert him.

5. At the age of 9 to 12 months, your infant would have by now found out the employment of his hands. He is also more aware of his environment. You have to introduce to him toys that are a lot more interactive and will encourage him to develop his boundaries. Provide him toys that can also encourage your relationship with him.

6. Some Examples of baby health issues are coughs, cold and sore throats, ear infections or perhaps as dangerous as reduced hearing, pneumonia, bronchitis, development of asthma or worsening of asthma for people who have it already and SIDS or crib death.