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Motivational therapy for bed-wetting 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 bed-wetting. 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 counseling sessions with a trained professional. During the sessions, the counselor encourages the child to take responsibility for the bed-wetting and to be very involved in the treatment. The counselor, 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). http://www.guidelines.gov/content.aspx?id=25680.
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsJohn Pope MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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