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Bedwetting Every Night: Reasons Not to Worry

Last Updated: 3/08/21
Read Time: 1.5 minutes

Is your child dry during the day but wet at night? Congratulations! Once your child stays dry during the day, they’re officially potty trained, and it’s time to celebrate. Nighttime dryness is completely different than daytime dryness, and the two rarely happen at the same time. Read on to learn more — and discover why bedwetting is rarely something to worry about.

An infographic that talks about the transition from potty training to bedwetting

5 Things to Know About Bedwetting

  1. Bedwetting is common. About 1 in 6 kids age 3-12 experiences nighttime wetting. In the U.S. alone, that’s 7 million kids. Bedwetting is slightly more common in boys than girls. 20% of kids still wet the bed at age 5, 10% at age 7, and 5% at age 10. Bedwetting can even last through puberty, and up to 1-3% of older teenagers wet the bed.
  2. It goes away naturally. While we think of daytime dryness as part of potty training, nighttime dryness is different. Children generally wet the bed because their bladder hasn’t developed enough to hold urine for a full night or they don’t yet realize their bladder is full and wake up to use the toilet. As they get older, their body will develop, and they’ll most likely grow out of it. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor. They might recommend you see a pediatric urologist to test for any medical conditions. But keep in mind that less than 3% of bedwetting is related to a medical or psychological problem.
  3. You don’t have to fix it. While a doctor might recommend cutting out sugary drinks before bed or making sure your child uses the toilet right before going to sleep, in general bedwetting isn’t something that can be fixed. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t train a kid out of bedwetting or control it by restricting fluids.
  4. Open communication helps. Show your child that you’re supportive, and be patient as you wait for their body to develop so they can stay dry at night. If you wet the bed as a child, know that there’s a good chance your child’s experience is hereditary. Be open about what you experienced, and be sure to listen to how your child is feeling right now too.
  5. Goodnites® can help them stay dry and worry free. Goodnites® NightTime Underwear are specifically designed to offer the best nighttime protection, guaranteed.* They can help your child be more comfortable when they wet the bed, and they can save you from doing a whole lot of laundry in the morning too. If your child is going to stay overnight at their grandparents or have a sleepover with friends, these nighttime underwear can help them feel more secure too. They can even help them hide their “secret” if they aren’t comfortable sharing it.

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* details at goodnites.com/en-ca/best-nighttime-protection

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