Daytime wetting in kindergarten and school

Daytime wetting in kindergarten and school
Parents play a crucial role in the daily treatment process for bedwetting. However, the child spends many hours during the day without parents’ supervision – be it during his or her stay in daycare, kindergarten, or school.

Sometimes the child spends time in a completely different environment than the one he or she is used to at home. There is no doubt that these places are highly important to the development of the child. The involvement of the staff of the place in which the child spends time during the process of daytime weaning is extremely important.

When the kindergarten or daycare staff sees weaning as one of its responsibilities, it encourages the child to stay dry and clean, by providing positive reinforcements for going to the toilet. The staff can then make use of the imitation element, in which children see other children go to the toilet, and do the same.

Wetting is less prominent at school, since most children reach the first grade when they are already dry during the day. Even so, when the child is still wetting at this age, I recommend to parents to show the child where the toilet is during the first day at school. School, unlike kindergarten, is larger and less intimate. The child may feel confused, helpless and threatened at first encounter.

Sometimes children return wet from school. There are many possible reasons for this: they did not find the toilet, they were afraid that other children would open the toilet door when they were inside, they were ashamed, the toilet was dirty and so on. In this case, parents must address the child’s concern. I advise to involve the school’s staff and ask for help, as these issues can sometimes be easily solved.

For children with daytime restraints problems, I recommend going to the bathroom at school every class break. There is no need to go out in the middle of class. Children sometimes complain that the teacher does not allow them to leave in the middle of the lesson. The child prefers to enjoy the break time and play with friends, while remembering that he or she should go to the bathroom only during class. The teacher can get involved and even run a notebook where a daily record of bathroom visits is kept.

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