Care For Your Bedwetting Child's Skin
by: Jan Nicholas
Bedwetting has few serious side effects, but one of the physical discomforts
it may cause is skin problems. Urine is a mix of fluid and waste chemicals
from the body. When left on skin for a few hours in the night, it can irritate.
Skin may appear red initially, and may turn sore and flaky if the skin
is not treated. The skin will also thicken if the irritation is not treated,
eventually turning wrinkled and pale. Although not dangerous, this type
of skin irritation can be very painful for a child.
Skin problems can affect any child who wets the bed, but the problem
is more aggravated in those who wet the bed often and in those who wear
absorbent products to collect the urine. Genitals and buttocks can be affected.
In those who wear absorbent underpants, the leg bands and waist bands are
often the most irritated.
Once bedwetting is resolved, the rash and skin irritation it causes
will disappear as well. Until your child has stopped wetting the bed, though,
you can try to reduce the skin irritation the problem causes. To prevent
skin rashes and soreness:
Make sure the child washes each morning, especially after a wet
night. The skin affected by the area should be especially well washed using
a mild and moisturizing soap.
Encourage your child to rinse the buttocks and genital area when changing
absorbent underpants and after waking up after having wet the bed.
Use a very soft sponge - not a harsh washcloth - on any irritated
Some parents find that applying petroleum ointment to affected areas
and areas affected by urine is helpful
Choose correct-fitting absorbent undergarments, if your child uses
them. Make sure that the waist band and the leg bands are not too snug.
Choose the most absorbent type you can and look for a brand that offers
a top layer that keeps moisture away from the skin.
Talk to your pediatrician if skin irritation continues. He or she
may be able to offer a medicated cream to soothe sore skin.
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