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The attitude of parents in the face of their children's problems and difficulties is very decisive when it comes to implementing a treatment or seeking a solution. Usually, the parents' attitude to enuresis is highly variable. There are parents who choose to simply ignore the problem, which is totally counterproductive for the child, and there are parents who exaggerate and exceed their concern.
Both one case and the other do not produce a positive effect in solving the problem of enuresis. On the contrary, it will make the effects of the disorder even worse. With greater anxiety, the probability that the problem will be resolved is reduced. It is necessary to face the problem with patience, tolerance, avoiding teasing, punishment or humiliation, which could make the problem even worse. Parents need to understand that their child is embarrassed to pee. It wouldn't be a bad thing if they put themselves in his place. That way, maybe he would understand it better.
It is necessary thatlet the family support the child with enuresis. It's not about being overprotective or treating him like a baby, but helping him cope, and then rewarding him for progress and efforts. Ideally, try to make the child understand that nothing happens if he appears wet in the morning, but that you have to try to prevent this from happening. Knowing that there are other people with the same problem, even in your own family, will help the child to cope with the problem with more support.
There are a number of simple physical and behavioral measures that can help the child to stop urinating:
1. Before going to bed, the child should not drink liquids in the last two hours. You also have to take into account the type of dinner you make, so that it is not too salty, which would make you thirsty. On the contrary, it is advisable for the child to drink plenty of fluids during the day, and try to encourage him to try to 'hold the pee'. Conversely, a child who tends to endure a lot during the day without urinating, yet pees at night, will be encouraged to go to the bathroom every two hours.
2. It is recommended have the child perform bladder training exercises, consisting of interrupting the 'urine stream' for about ten seconds and then urinating several times during the same urination. The ideal is to raise them as a game so that the child is interested. They are especially indicated for children who go to pee many times during the day, almost always in small quantities, and who suffer frequent leaks at night.
3. It is important have the child urinate before going to bed.
4. The use of absorbent briefs and briefs is a suitable hygienic optionespecially in winter. Their use can prevent them from feeling embarrassed or failure upon waking up wet. In any case, with or without a diaper, the child must be in charge of changing clothes, taking off the panties and throwing them away or taking the sheets to the washing machine. Not as punishment, but by learning to be responsible. There is some controversy when it comes to waking children up at night. If it is done, try to make the child aware of what he is doing. Since he does not get up when he feels the need to urinate, but because he is awakened, when this action is stopped, he usually relapses.
5. In older children, it can help explain how urination works and its control, at home or in the pediatrician's office, for example with an anatomy chart.
6. Solve the psychological triggers of enuresis when it is possible.
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