If your child is emotionally and physically prepared to go to an overnight camp, you should not let bed-wetting stand in their way. Camp counselors are usually trained to deal with occasional bed-wetting and, with some foresight, your child should have a positive experience at camp even if they still regularly wet the bed.
Plan for an Accident
If your child has occasional bed-wetting, or has been wetting the bed until a few months before summer camp, you should prepare for at least one bed-wetting incident at camp. The full days can make your child more tired than usual. They may also be drinking more water during the evenings to compensate for the high level of activity throughout the day. Finally, many young children are nervous about getting up to use the bathroom in an unfamiliar setting. All of this can contribute to bed-wetting.
Many children who have not had issues with bed-wetting for years have an accident while at summer camp, so it is important to realize that it is likely that your bed-wetting child will likely have an accident and prepare accordingly.
Write It On Their Medical Form
You should include bed-wetting on your child’s medical form as well as in the space for extra notes about your child. This allows your child to be added to the list of children who take nighttime and morning medications. Most camps bring children to the nurse’s office for medication before bed and before breakfast, and being included in this group will ensure a private place for your child to put on and take off their disposable pants, if they use them.
Specify Any Current Practices You Have In Place
If you are currently waking your child up in the night to use the bathroom, you should let their counselors know. Most counselors will be willing to set an alarm and help your child use the bathroom at their regularly scheduled times to prevent a nighttime accident.
Opt For a Short Session
For your child’s first summer camp, opt for a short session, less than a week long, to allow them to try it out. They will likely see that their bed-wetting is not an issue and may want to opt for a longer session next time. If there are any issues, you can learn from them and prepare a different method for dealing with them in the future.
The most important thing you can do before camp is to talk with your child and the camp director about your child’s readiness for camp and create a plan to deal with nighttime urination.Read More