Motivational therapy for bedwetting uses praise, encouragement, and rewards to help a child gain bladder control. It's about telling children that they have control of their bodies and encouraging them to take steps that bring about more and more dry nights. For best results, keep a record of your child's progress.
And work with your child to design a reward system (such as a star chart). You know your child. If you think a reward system will help your child, then try it. If you think it may make your child feel worse, then do not use a reward system.
You can reward your child for reaching both big and small goals and tasks. For example, you could reward your child when he or she:
As part of this therapy, it's important to not punish, blame, or embarrass your child for wetting the bed.
Motivational therapy can help children gain some degree of control over their bedwetting. But if it doesn't help your child in 3 to 6 months, think about trying other methods.
This therapy may involve a series of counselling sessions with a trained professional. During the sessions, the counsellor encourages the child to take responsibility for the bedwetting and to be very involved in the treatment. The counsellor, parents, and child decide what reward (praise, stickers, or trinkets) the child will be given for dry days and/or nights.
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Other Works Consulted
National Clinical Guideline Centre (2010). Nocturnal Enuresis: The Management of Bedwetting in Children and Young People. London, UK: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Available online: http://www.guidelines.gov/content.aspx?id=25680.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - PediatricsMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of: July 26, 2016
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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