How to Protect your Mattress from Bedwetting
My personalized tips on how to protect your mattress from bed wetting children (and adults in the family) to prolong its life and minimize the chances buying a new mattress.
So let’s dive in.
If you or someone in your family suffers from bed-wetting, there are some things you can do to protect the mattress. You can use some use protective briefs (discussed below) though they do tend to have limitation in terms of movement and comfort for the bed wetter. Another option is medication combined with a bed-wetting alarms, though again they might not be appropriate for the bed wetter. We’ll discuss these, plus others options below.
Furniture and fixtures are essential components of every house. Aside from making up the interior design of the house, these items also provide the utility and access needed in everyday life. The basics of every home are tables, chairs, cabinets, and beds. When it comes to furniture, comfort is an essential element. Chairs have cushion sheets, and foundations have mattresses to ensure a soft and peaceful sleep.
Mattresses are prone to various problems with daily use. They absorb sweat and odor during sleep, accumulate hair and dead skin cells, and soak up urine from bedwetting. Made of various materials, the most common stuffing of a mattress is foam. It is compact and absorbent like a sponge. It also helps in regulating temperature during sleep.
Another material is wool which has a little bit of water-resistant capability and used for extra padding. Cotton is also a common material, but it is a bit on the expensive side. Cotton absorbs water well and is a breathable material. These materials ensure that mattresses are flexible and comfortable to support a night of peaceful sleep.
Understanding the components of mattresses will help in determining measures to address bedwetting. Bedwetting is common during childhood and also in case of some illnesses. It is a part of the transition, most notably to toddlers, from using diapers to using the toilet.
Children who are sound asleep at night may not bother to wake up in case they feel the urge to pee. For them, bedwetting is involuntary, and they are not aware of it at all. Most people would use absorbent fabrics to soak up the urine, or air the mattress outside. However, when the bedwetting occurs frequently, employ protective measures to avoid sanitary issues and also to save money from buying another mattress.
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Use Thick Mattress Pads or Bed Sheets
One method to protect the mattress from bedwetting is to use thicker and more durable mattress pads or bed sheets. Some bed sheets offer layered materials from polyester to cotton, to adhesives, and the fabric. These bed sheets already look like comforters due to their thickness.
However, due to the layering of materials, this absorbs urine before reaching the mattress. The bed sheet will act as a barrier and protect the mattress. After that, you can rewash the bedsheet and re-use. Cleaning the bed sheet is better than cleaning and airing the mattress itself. One disadvantage of using a thick bed sheet is that it is complicated and heavy to wash and will take a longer time to dry.
Use Plastic or Vinyl Mattress Cover
If using thick bed sheets is not an option due to difficulty in washing and drying, you can use a plastic or vinyl mattress cover. For some people, they prefer to use a new mattress without removing the plastic covering wrapped around it during purchase. It is to maximize the life of the bed and to avoid soiling the pallet while it’s new. It’s also one way to prevent the mattress from getting wet during sleep.
If the mattress has no plastic covering, there are available plastic or vinyl mattress covers in the market. These look like bedsheets, but they are made of plastic and are usually transparent. They will surely prevent water from seeping to the mattress. Although it is a reliable option, using plastic or vinyl mattress cover can be hot and noisy during sleep. It will also be slippery and might pose problems in having a comfortable sleep.
Use Disposable Underpads
Commonly used in hospitals for patients who have difficulty going to the bathroom, underpads are usually waterproof and disposable. These protective sheets have a fixed size, often enough to cover the middle portion of the body only. Thus, it typically covers one-third of the bed or that portion prone to bedwetting. It is more practical to use underpads to allow comfort to the torso and lower part of the body, rather than dealing with a bed covered entirely by a protective sheet.
The underpads are made of absorbent material on top and waterproof material on the bottom, as such, it doesn’t irritate the skin or make that much noise. One disadvantage of using an underpad is that it covers a fixed portion only. If the child moves to an area not included, the mattress becomes prone to bedwetting.
Let Your Child Go to the Bathroom Before Sleeping
The best prevention method is to train the child to urinate before sleeping. It is not a hundred percent solution, but it reduces the possibility of bedwetting. It is also a training routine for the child to always remember to go to the bathroom if he or she feels the urge to pee.
Since they are still children, they are still learning and adjusting to the intricacies of daily life. It is also an option to engage the child in the solution to bedwetting, and relive some burden off from everyday problems.
Bedwetting is involuntary in young children and some adults as well, due to some physical conditions. Rather than blaming the child or the adult, resort to these preventive measures to save time and money and to avoid stress.
Anyway, bedwetting is only for a short period and will stop once the child or adult adjusts. The protective measures will, in the meantime, help in reducing the constant cleaning of the mattress and buying a new mattress.