October 24, 2014
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Bedwetting

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Making siblings understand

Being a bedwetter can put your child in an especially vulnerable position when it comes to their siblings. Under normal conditions, sibling rivalry and fights can be a problem, but the situation can become even more difficult when you add the issue of bedwetting into the mix. Aside from having extra "ammunition" when they are bickering with their bedwetting sibling, non-bedwetting children may be resentful of the extra attention they feel their sibling is getting as a result of the problem.

Given the telltale "pee smell" and the flurry of activity that accompanies a middle-of-the-night sheet change, bedwetting isn't a problem that can be hidden from other family members. But the taunting and teasing a bedwetting child may face at the hands of their siblings can make the emotional toll of bedwetting even greater.

As a parent, you can reduce that toll by explaining to your other children why bedwetting happens and that it is a physical problem that can't be controlled. As well, you can set the tone by making sure never to blame your child for something that they can't help doing. Finally, you can make it clear to siblings that teasing or taunting will not be tolerated - especially in front of other children.


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