Does Punishing Your Child Help Stop Bed Wetting?

How to Stop Bedwetting

​He's so peaceful looking when he's asleep. But what happens when he wets the bed?

Is punishing him (or her) the right thing? Will punishment help correct the bed wetting problem?

According to Youth Health Magazine, "Punishing a child for wetting the bed is counterproductive. It will not solve the problem and actually appears to make it worse."​

"Children whose parents punished them for wetting the bed at night were more likely to be depressed and have a poorer quality of life overall compared to those whose parents did not punish them for wetting the bed. They were also found to wet their beds significantly more often than the children who were not punished."

Reuters Health also reported that "psychological cruelty to children from parents or caregivers can cause as much -- or even more -- emotional damage than physical and sexual abuse, citing a new U.S. study, which used the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Core Data set to analyze the cases of 5,616 youth with histories of psychological, physical or sexual abuse.

According to the Reuters article, "children who had been psychologically abused were more likely to have negative outcomes over the long-term than victims of physical or sexual abuse. They were 92 percent more likely to have trouble with substance abuse, 78 percent more likely to be depressed, 80 percent more likely to experience separation anxiety disorder and 92 percent more likely to be anxious."

Bottom line... bed wetting is annoying for you as a parent, but remember, it's also something your child is ashamed and embarrassed by.

So punishing him or her will only add to the issues and problems.

Stay calm and reassure your child that together you will figure out how to stop wetting the bed and that you and the rest of your family is there for support and love -- and not harsh words or other types of mental or physical abuse or punishment.​

How Parents Can Help a Bed Wetting Child

From Parents are Important is an interesting story of dad waking up to a wet bed when his four-year-old son had come into the bed during the night.

The author offers several tips on how to stop bedwetting. Among them:

"If there seems to be a consistent time when your child is waking up after wetting the bed, take them to the bathroom prior to that time. For example say there is a theme of a 3 a.m. bedwetting; wake them up at 2 a.m. to go to the bathroom."

Check out the article for the other tips on ending your child's bed wetting issues.