Getting back into the groove of a new school year can be very exciting but may also come with some unanticipated events as well.
Some children who have become dry over the summer begin to have some accidents once school starts. And some children who are doing great with responding to their bedwetting alarm begin to have larger wet spots or begin sleeping through the loud sound.
Why does this happen? What can you do?
Going back to school is physically and emotionally draining until a routine is established. Any change, even good ones, can cause increased wetting. Having a different sleep-wake cycle during the summer versus the school year can contribute. Especially with older kids, who may have stayed up very late during the summer, it can take a couple of weeks to adjust. Being exhausted may cause children to just sleep through the need to wake up and urinate.
Eating and Drinking Changes
In a 24 hour period of time, your child’s body needs a certain amount of fluid to stay healthy. A relaxed summer schedule and outdoor camps that push fluids help kids get plenty to drink during a summer day.
However, drinking throughout the entire day is not always easy for kids during the school year. Many children do not drink anything with breakfast and only 8 ounces at lunch. Sips of water from the fountain may be the only other opportunity to drink.
Drinking throughout the day eliminates the overwhelming urge to drink a lot before bedtime. Your child should not be complaining of thirst at bedtime if he or she has enough water during the day.
Change of Diet
Eating during the school year can also be different than the summer. Lack of fruits and vegetables, with an increase in cheese, bread, milk can lead to less frequent stools. Regular bowel movements are important in staying dry at night.
Changes in Elimination
Fear of the school bathroom or overly strict teachers can prevent your child from urinating or having a bowel movement when they feel the urge to do so. Trying to “hold it” until they get home can lead to embarrassing daytime accidents or constipation.
New Sports Practices
Late summer and fall sports practices lead to increased fatigue, at least temporarily. Also, late dinners and being thirsty after practice can contribute to bedwetting.
Drinking water before practice starts can be helpful. If your child is thirsty after practice, let them drink. Eventually, their body will get used to the new activity and wake up, if needed, to urinate during the night.
Invitations for sleepovers or school trips start with the new school year. For children with nighttime accidents, having a backup plan is important.
Bedwetting Alarms for Relapse
For a temporary relapse with the start of the school year, children who have become dry while using a bedwetting alarm can simply restart it for a few weeks.
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