He Has Taken on 90210, Sharknados, and … Bedwetting?

EverydayFamily.com’s Shiloh Johnson got the chance to speak with actor Ian Ziering, famous for his days on 90210 and the Sharknado movies, on family and parenting. It turns out he’s dealing with an issue many of us face at home: bedwetting.

Ziering recalled that he wet the bed as a child and at that time he felt very embarrassed, even ashamed, of his situation. He used to wake up in a panic, realizing he’d wet the bed, and try to change his sheets so that his parents and older brothers wouldn’t know about it. Now that one of his own daughters is dealing with bedwetting, Ziering is supporting her and teaching her to take ownership of this condition, promoting independence and confidence for his young daughter, instead of guilt or shame. Ziering recognizes that this can be a developmental phase that kids go through. He wants his daughter to feel confident and secure so that she can go to sleepovers if she wants to and doesn’t have the embarrassing memories of bedwetting that he has. 

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To quote Ziering from the interview, “I want my kids to grow up with as many positive experiences as possible, and [I want to] reinforce those positive experiences, and help them grow to be solid individuals … It’s going to be ok!”

You can find the full interview below:

Ziering’s comments got us thinking about bedwetting. Here you can find some information and tips on coping with bedwetting in a positive and supportive manner.

Bedwetting, also know as nocturnal enuresis, is not uncommon. There are many resources online for learning about the causes of bedwetting and different ways to cope with it. We learned that Ziering is a big fan of the nighttime or pull-up diapers, but that is one of many different coping strategies out there. You can find some great tips on this subject in an article on bedwetting found here and in regards to getting beyond nightime diapers hereSleepFoundation.org suggests the following options to treat bedwetting:

  • Establishing a regular bedtime routine that includes going to the bathroom
  • Waking your child during the night before he/she typically wets the bed and taking him/her to the bathroom
  • Developing a reward system to encourage your child, such as stickers for dry nights
  • Talking to your child about the advantages of potty-training, such as not having to wear diapers and becoming a “big kid”
  • Limiting beverages in the evening – even those last minute water requests
  • Using a “bell-and-pad” which incorporates an alarm that goes off whenever your child's pajamas or bed become wet during an accident. These systems teach your child to eventually wake up before the bedwetting occurs

Of course, a lot depends on the factors, including how old your child is, if your child is male or female, whether you or your spouse have a history of bedwetting, and more. Everyone is different, so what works for one family may not work for your family. But as Ziering said in his interview, we all want to provide a positive and supportive environment for our kids to grow in, even if they are wetting the bed.

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WebMD has some great information about talking to your kids about bedwetting. Kids shouldn’t feel guilty or that they've done something wrong because of bedwetting; sometimes it just happens. If you had a similar experience, you can let them know that they are not alone. You can let them know that you are there to help them and you’ll figure things out together. It’s also very important to listen to how they feel and what they have to say about it. But don’t let bedwetting rule over your lives. Start the day off with conversations about what’s for breakfast, what’s going on in the day, what you dreamed about it, and let your child lead the discussion about bedwetting. Hopefully, these things will help your child feel more comfortable, confident, and positive about bedwetting. 

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How do you help your child cope with bedwetting?

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