Motivational therapy for
bed-wetting often simply involves telling children
that they have control of their bodies and encouraging them to gain that
control. Parents and the child together can also design a reward system for dry
days that will encourage and motivate the child.
This therapy may
involve a series of counseling sessions with a trained professional. During the
sessions, the counselor encourages the child to take responsibility for the
bed-wetting and to be very involved in the treatment. The counselor, parents,
and child decide what reward (praise, stickers, or trinkets) the child will be
given for dry days and/or nights.
Motivational therapy helps many
children gain some degree of control over their bed-wetting. But if it doesn't
help your child in 3 to 6 months, try other methods.
It is unclear exactly how many children gain
complete bladder control through motivational therapy alone. Results from
studies vary widely.
Children who do gain complete bladder control
with motivational therapy are less likely to return to accidental wetting after
treatment than children who are treated with other therapies.
This treatment works best for children who want to take part
in it. It is often used in combination with other treatments, especially
moisture alarms, dry-bed training, or self-awakening therapy.
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