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We, the parents, are in charge of showing our children the paths to follow, to overcome stages and achieve what they want. An education based on coherence, without contradictions, with positive values and attitudes, can help children overcome difficulties such as urinary incontinence, enuresis or wetting themselves or in the bed. If we react to that problem and react appropriately, our children will feel supported and the result will be what we all expect.
Except in very specific circumstances, the positive educational model is the best. It is essential that the parents agree on the type of education they want for their child before risk situations arise, always trying to:
1- Educate without contradictions: The message that a child receives from his parents becomes an absolute truth until he has the ability to criticize, so it is necessary that the child always receive the same messages from all his educators, parents, grandparents, caregivers , etc.
2- Educate in coherence: What is said has to coincide with what is done, with what the child sees. Parents are the role models of the child, admires and respects them, even in their authority. It is common to see that while one of the parents lights a cigarette, he says to the child, "don't smoke, it's bad." That makes no sense.
3- Educate in values and attitudes: There is a series of fundamental values to instill in our children, such as tolerance, equality, respect, generosity, gratitude, sincerity, dialogue, effort ... and of course, the joy of living. The boy asks for a doll because he has just had a little sister and he wants to imitate everything that mother does with her, but they answer him ... "That's for girls."
4- Educate in real expectations: Each child must be educated according to his own characteristics and possibilities. To do this, it is necessary to know children very well, avoiding demanding more from them than they can give. We must try not to transfer to the children the life expectations that the parents did not achieve. At 5 years it does not make much sense for a child to have extracurricular activities in three different languages without leaving time for playtime, park time, etc.
5- Educate in the formation of healthy habits: An act repeated many times becomes a habit, and this an attitude, and this a value. At the end of the educational project, the child ends up making the behavior we have encouraged his own, repeating it even though we are not present. And with maturity, you will find meaning in this attitude, developing positive courage.
In any case, the most important thing above any difficulty such as infant enuresis, is that the feeling of love and affection that parents should profess to their children reigns. If parents violate their own love, that of their partner or that of their children, they can hardly expect them to address them with due respect. And if a child does not have enough words, support or positive attitudes from their parents to generate adequate self-confidence, it will be difficult to face and overcome the challenges that arise in life, such as enuresis.
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