Sleep away camp offers so many opportunities for children and teens, yet it can instill fear in the hearts of a child or teenager who wets the bed.
Many summer camps report that they know how to deal with bed wetting. However, 87% of parents we surveyed reported that the camps did not have a system in place to confidentially assist the camper.
Take the following steps in order to reduce the threat of ridicule or discovery for your child or adolescent.
1. Ask to take a few minutes to review “your” child’s situation with the head of the summer camp. Be sure all camp counselors assigned to your child’s housing understands the situation and the sensitivity surrounding the bedwetting.
Chronic bed wetting is not intentional nor is it caused by a psychological problem. However, discovery can be devastating for the bed wetter. That discovery can certainly cause long-term damage.
2. Discuss their procedures for dealing with youth or teen disposable nighttime diapers. Develop a plan for the discreet disposal of the wet sheets and remaking of the bed. In the event of a daytime accident, ask if the camp has a “signal” that your child can use to alert the staff. Also, be sure the camp staff has a plan in place for a change of clothes.
3. Provide wet wipes to help with odor and clean up if a shower is not possible. Again, discretion is crucial.
4. NEVER assume that a so-called bedwetting medication will keep your child dry. Most often they will fail to do so. Prescribed medications may also require a severe reduction in hydration. Fluid intake is crucial during the warm weather.
5. Be sure you inform your child that you have discussed all of the above procedures. Your camper needs to know that the camp team will understand the situation, and will be there to help if necessary.
Barbara J. Moore is a leading authority in the field of bedwetting treatment. She has helped thousands of children and teenagers stop bedwetting since 1975.