How To Get Babies To Sleep Through The Night

How To Get Babies To Sleep Through The Night

Training Programme

In the early evening encourage your child to drink a lot. When he is ready to urinate ask him to wait for five minutes, and then let him go. If he fails to wait, reassure him and ask him to try the same thing again the next time he is ready. If he does manage to wait, praise him for his control. Once he has successfully waited five minutes on three different occasions, ask him to wait ten minutes. Each time he succeeds in waiting the time you have asked three times, increase the time he must wait by five minutes until you have reached half an hour. Encourage your child to go to the toilet before he goes to bed for the night. The next night do the same again, but if he was easily able to wait five minutes the previous night, ask him to wait ten minutes this time. Continue this drinking and waiting programme for three weeks.

The programme will help your child to increase his bladder control and learn the correct signals for urination.

While you are carrying out the programme, encourage your child to practise stopping and starting the urine flow while on the toilet at least once a day.

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After three weeks stop plying your child with drink but ask him to wait for half an hour before he urinates. In the last five minutes of the allotted time ask him to lay down in his darkened bedroom as though he were going to sleep. Tell him to count to 20 before he gets up and goes to the bathroom. Let him sit on the toilet, but ask him not to urinate. Ask him to do this ten times before he finally urinates. At each point in the training programme praise your child if he succeeds, or reassure your child if he fails to wait the desired time, but ask him to try again. Continue with this for three weeks.

If this doesn’t work, see your GP again and ask him for a bell and pad apparatus. This is an electrical device which rings when your child begins to wet and wakes him. It is completely safe but may take between three and six months to work.

We saw someone about it before Isaac was seven because I was so desperate, but maybe we shouldn’t have, because you lose the momentum. Isaac’s nine now and we’re down to a wet once a week from six times in a week, using a pad and bell apparatus from the school nurse. But we’ve had dry periods before and it’s all gone to pieces when we remove the pad and bell. First of all we want to get to no wets and then we want to be able to remove the pad and bell. It’s not something that will be solved overnight. He doesn’t seem bothered about it usually, but occasionally he says “Mummy, when am I going to be dry?” and every night in his prayers he asks God to help him to be dry. When we first started a star chart I had to stop him running out into the street to tell everyone – I didn’t want him inadvertently getting himself teased. It’s extremely frustrating when you have night afer night after night of wet beds. You feel helpless as a parent because you can’t do that bit for your child. You can provide all the stimulants and aids, but you can’t do that bit. ’

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