Coping with the current situation of bedwetting that you might be dealing with every night quickly becomes immensely stressful.
The stress is on your shoulders, as well as the distress that your child would be feeling as a result of wetting the bed all or most nights.
Having to wash sheets and bed clothing daily is a chore and a burden on you and the entire family.
If the mattress itself becomes wet, this adds a whole other level of stress and expense – quite simply you can’t be replacing the bed mattress all the time, nor is it practical to have to regularly remove the mattress and thoroughly clean it.
So while you’re in the midst of a bedwetting problem, and ideally while you’re in the process of deciding on a solution (which should in most cases involve the commencement of use of a bedwetting alarm as soon as possible), you need to find ways to mitigate the bedwetting each night right now while and until your child can achieve dry nights permanently.
While it’s overwhelming having to deal with all this, if you are being proactive about following a bedwetting treatment plan then it’s important to know that this is almost certainly going to be a short term problem that you’re dealing with.
In the case of using bedwetting alarms, most children will have permanently dry nights within a month or two, occasionally longer.
But in the meantime, there are ways to minimize disruption and cleaning responsibilities while your child moves towards eliminating bedwetting.
Here’s what you will need to maintain a dry, hygenic and comfortable beddng environment while bedwetting is occuring:
Waterproof Mattress Covers
Protecting the mattress should be a top priority. Mattresses are expensive, and you can’t go putting it into the wash with the sheets.
Once a mattress is soaked through, it is very difficult to remove the odor of urine and the associated staining. Preventing any urine moisture getting to the mattress at all is our goal.
Most regular mattress protection covers are not waterproof. They are designed to protect the mattress from mild sweating and spills, but not from being soaked through by a lot of urine night after night.
So you need a special type of waterproof mattress cover and importantly: it should actually cover the entire mattress.
These are different from mattress or bed pads that are smaller in size and are placed directly under your child.