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When Your Child Uses GoodNites®: How to Talk to Family and Friends About Bedwetting

By: Dr. Heather Wittenberg

Potty training is all about daytime control. But staying dry at nighttime is a totally different process, mostly dictated by your kiddo’s physical development. In fact, about 20% of kindergarteners use nighttime protection[1], and a surprising number of kiddos still need it into their first and second grade years and beyond.

When children have trouble staying dry at night, in most cases, this is totally normal and nothing to worry about. It simply means that their bladder and brain are developing at different speeds – it’s often hereditary[2] and there’s nothing they can do about that. In fact, pressure, teasing and shaming children will just make matters worse! SUPPORT is the key word here. As long as your child is healthy, there isn’t anything you can do to speed up the process. Bonus: You get to enjoy this amazing time of development with your child, knowing things are going great.

Now that YOU understand that nighttime dryness is totally different from daytime potty training, how can we help Grandma, Grandpa, Aunties, Uncles and even Big Sister and Brother to be as supportive as possible?

We need the ENTIRE FAMILY to be supportive, and a good conversation can help. These conversations can be stressful, so here are some strategies for you to try – scripts for success, if you will. Take a screenshot or print out the scripts as a reminder, and you’ll be ready for a chat about how everyone can support your child using nighttime protection.

FOR GROWNUPS:

“Thanks for asking about Aidan’s nighttime dryness. He’s potty trained! But his doctor explained that nighttime control is a totally different process. The age of nighttime dryness mostly runs in the family, and his doctor says he’s healthy, so we just need to quit worrying about it. I’m so glad we have his Goodnites® to help make things easier.  Most importantly, we ALL can help him feel confident in himself and the way he’s growing.”

FOR KIDS:

“Hey guys. Emma still uses Goodnites® to keep her dry at night. She’s potty trained and doing great, and she’ll become dry at night when her body is ready, just like you did. Teasing hurts her feelings, just as it hurts yours. Let’s help her feel supported and confident. That’s how we treat each other as a family.”

 


[1] Bedwetting (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 4/2013)

[2]  "Bed-Wetting - Symptoms & Causes." Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bed-wetting/symptoms-causes/syc-20366685?p=1. Accessed 19 December 2019

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