Don’t let a little tinkle stop your child from enjoying summer camp!
Two years ago we took a group of children to camp and out of about nineteen 6-7 year old boys and girls we had three children with bed-wetting issues. It was quite a shock, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Most of the children were fine and weren’t really embarrassed at all, however if you have a sensitive child then it’s best to prepare them before they go to camp. Here are some tips to help your child feel comfortable about being at camp:
- Notify the counselors immediately. The counselors can arrange for more frequent bathroom breaks and even mid-night wake up calls for your child.
- Ask the counselors if your child can sleep close to the cabin exit. This will allow your child easy access to the restroom. Make sure your child has a flashlight so he feels safe when walking to the restroom at night.
- Talk to your child about wearing disposable pants. Find a special bag to put your child’s pants in that looks fun.
- Tell your child that he doesn’t have to tell any of his new friends about his situation.
- Coordinate with the counselor for a special place to change underpants.
- Remind counselors not to give your child drinks late at night. (This last one has been argued about amongst other professionals, but it never hurts.)
Bed wetting is a common problem for children but that shouldn’t keep them from enjoying camp or overnight visits with friends. If you have any tips or ideas on this subject please leave a response.
For more information contact Michaela Chatman at Camp Roadless Summer! Let’s see how we can help!