Bedwetting is a problem for a rather large number of children across the globe. For most children who wet the bed, patience and time are the best cures. Still, parents need to have ways to deal with the here and now instead of hoping for the “eventually ever after” that doctors and other professionals always promise.
There are many solutions for both the bed and the child when it comes to the loss of bladder control. There are undergarments that resemble diapers (although for older children the word diaper is rather taboo from an emotional standpoint), and there are sleep pants that can help absorb any leaks that are washable. In this article, we will focus on the bedding styles available, in particular bedwetting sheets.
There are a few factors to consider when thinking about what will be the best bedding for bedwetting children. The first factor is age. If a child is still very young, then the bulk of the sheet changing is going to be placed on the parents’ shoulders. If the child is older, then having sheets that are easy for the child to be able to change themselves has many benefits. One of the benefits, of course, is the decreased need for Mom or Dad to have to change the sheets, but the bigger benefit is the sense of control that the child often feels. This is especially helpful if the child is particularly embarrassed in having to ask for assistance in changing the sheets.
The second factor is the comfort and feel of the sheets or bed covers. Some people choose to just use a small pad that sits right on top of the regular sheets in case of an accident. The positive to this is ease of use, but the negative is that there is often little to keep the pad in place, and it could bunch up if the child is an active sleeper, potentially moving the pad out of the area where it is needed most. Generally speaking, however, if the bedwetting is a consistent problem, most parents depend on some form of fitted or zippered cover to protect the mattress from urine leaks.
The most popular kinds of bedwetting sheets are vinyl (plastic) sheets, although rubber sheets are sold as well. Some sheets are zippered and some are fitted. The fitted sheets are preferred when the child is expected, or wants to, help clean up after an accident. Often people will use whatever is available rather than spend extra money on bedwetting sheets, especially if the problem is deemed temporary. Shower curtains and tablecloths are two things that people have around the house that would be big enough to cover a mattress for an evening. Plastic sheets can come in a variety of thicknesses, especially if you buy them specifically for the purpose of protecting a mattress from bedwetting. An advantage to this is that the material is usually made so that there is a significant reduction in noise when the sleeper turns over in the bed.
If the child finds his or her plastic bedwetting sheets to be uncomfortable, it is best to make the child at ease by continuing to use regular cotton sheets and linens, with a protective pad underneath. Forcing the child to sleep in an uncomfortable bed could just exacerbate the problem. If desired, the child can wear special sleep pants to protect the sheets and the child’s pajamas.