Although bedwetting is pretty common in kids ages three to five, it can evolve into an entirely new level of embarrassment for a child and can create a whole new hassle for moms when the child starts daycare. However, as with most troublesome phases mothers face, even bedwetting at daycare can be dealt with.
Talk with your child. The first step in dealing with daytime bedwetting or nap-time bedwetting, which could occur at daycare, is to talk with your child. Even 3-year-olds benefit from a simple conversation explaining that many children have issues with bedwetting and that wetting the bed does not make the child a bad kid or a baby. Make sure the child knows how to deal with an accident at daycare, just in case an accident does happen.
Talk to your daycare provider. Be sure your daycare provider is aware that your child has bedwetting accidents and that he or she knows how often these accidents occur and what to do to help the child. A bedwetting accident plan should be discussed so that you, your child and your daycare provider are all on the same page.
Have your daycare provider remind your child to use the bathroom frequently, especially just before nap time. You can even work out a secret signal so that the other children are unaware of this friendly reminder.
It is also important to remind your daycare provider that bedwetting is not the child’s fault. Make sure the daycare is not using any form of discipline in reaction to accidents. You can praise your child or offer incentives for dry days at daycare. Since having an accident at daycare may draw attention, which could lead to teasing by the other children, it is important to make your child feel secure when an accident does occur.
Send your child to daycare with protection. Finally, one of the most discrete ways to deal with bedwetting at daycare is to send your child to daycare with a form of protection, such as Pampers UnderJams, so that even if he or she does have an accident, no one will ever know. You can send a pair of underwear and UnderJams that your child can change into just before nap time during the pre-nap bathroom break. An extra set of clothing is also recommended, just in case.
Preparation and facility cooperation are the best tools a mom can have when dealing with bedwetting at daycare. Use these tips to make sure your child is prepared and increase the chances that your child will have an embarrassment-free daycare experience.