As your child grows, there will be more and more occasions for them to spend the night away from home, whether staying at a friend’s house, going on a school trip, or going on a holiday camp. A child that experiences bedwetting will be reluctant to spend the night away from home, with the understandable fear that they will wet the bed and that teasing may result. Bedwetting can be a real stressor for a child, and they may feel ashamed and refuse to talk about it.
Dr Michael Mol, brand ambassador for DryNites® Pyjama Pants gives parents tips on preparing your child for a sleepover:
- Get to know the parents
If you leave your child in the care of someone else, you entrust that person with your child’s wellbeing and safety. Most parents would prefer to be prepared for a sleepover by having several daytime play dates and being relatively friendly with the other parents. Show your child you are comfortable with the other parents and they will be more secure in staying with them. Let the parents know about your child’s bedwetting so that they can discreetly help your child should the need arise.
- Let them know it’s OK to call
Some children just need to touch base with home when it is bedtime. For others, a call home can exasperate feelings of homesickness. Either way, let your child know it is OK to call at whatever time, whether to be picked up or just to say hello.
Some parents find the ‘after hours callout’ frustrating and embarrassing, however, it is simply an indicator that your child is not ready to stay the entire night just yet. By giving your child real freedom to come home whenever they would like to – you’re making it easier for them to sleepover.
- Make sure that they are ready
Each child is different, and each child will be ready for sleepovers at different times. If your child still has issues with sleeping in their own bed, having nightmares or sleepwalking, perhaps consider waiting a bit longer and overcoming these issues before embarking on a sleepover in an unfamiliar environment. If they experience anxiety or separation issues when away from you, it is also wise to wait.
Cautioning your child not to go to sleepovers because they wet the bed is not a good idea and may even be harmful to their psycho-social development. Remind and reassure them that many other children wet their beds too and that it’s just a phase that they will grow out of. With your child’s permission, tell a responsible adult who will be able to manage the potential accident in your absence.
DryNites® Pyjama Pants are extremely useful in these situations. Suggest to your child that they slip them on unnoticeably at bedtime. They are very discreet and quiet, so will not be seen through their pyjamas or noticed by the other children. Your child can simply throw them away the next morning – nobody will be any wiser!
Remember that a child who has a long history of sleeping in different beds due to travel or family transitions, may find the idea of sleeping at a friend’s house quite comfortable. Other children may thrive on routine and hate the idea of change. For them, a sleepover may require a lot of mental preparation. Or, it may just not be their thing, and that’s all right – every child is unique!
For more information on DryNites® Pyjama Pants, or to ask Dr Mol a personal question or to request a free sample, visit www.drynites.co.za. DryNites® Pyjama Pants are currently available at selected retailers nationwide.
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