Babysitting a Bedwetter
Babysitting a bedwetter requires tact and understanding. Some children over six years old still wet to bed. This is almost always due to slower than normal physical development of the central nervous system. These children usually wear pull-ups or some other diaper to bed, but are often embarrassed by the fact. The sitter should understand that this is a normal part of the child's bedtime routine, and in no way reflective of the child's mental maturity.
A child over six who is bedwetting will often have additional bedtime routines designed to end the bedwetting. This will include reduced fluids at bedtime, making sure the child goes to the bathroom just before going to bed, and possibly wearing a bedwetting alarm. The sitter should make sure she is familiar with the routine before taking the job.
In the case of a bedwetting alarm, should the sitter be present when the alarm goes off, there will also be a routine, which may involve changing underwear on the child, and sheets and padding on the bed. Be familiar with where the underwear is stored, as well as extra sheets and blankets.
When the child's parents return, be sure to tell them any information regarding the child's bedwetting. Often, especially when an alarm is involved, the child will keep track on his performance on a chart. Also, parents will want to know of the whereabouts of wet sheets.
If the sitter is well-prepared, taking care of a bedwetter will be no more trouble than the average babysitting job.