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 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
Glazener CMA, Evans JHC (2004). Simple behavioural and physical interventions for nocturnal
enuresis in children. Cochrane
Database of Systematic Reviews (2).
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 MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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