Nighttime wetting usually has a strong genetic tie. And if parents experienced bedwetting, they might remember feeling stressed or confused. If you wet the bed when you were young, think about how you can use this experience to alleviate stress for your child. Being open and having a conversation may help put them at ease.
Is Bedwetting Genetic?
However, passing on nighttime wetting genes to your children is not a simple process — or all bad. Researchers at UCLA have discovered that parents who pass on nighttime wetting to their kids are also often passing on intelligence. Their study of children with a family history of bedwetting found that children who had a lower than normal impulse to wake up when needing to urinate (often resulting in nighttime wetting) also had higher than normal IQ scores.
Younger children who are recently potty trained might not be worried about bedwetting. But older children are usually more concerned. So, sharing your own experiences can help them realize they aren’t alone, and, in most cases, it will go away naturally.
Preparing For The Conversation
Talk To Your Child About Your Wetting Experiences
- When I was a child, I was just like you! I had accidents at night, too.
- I also used to wake up in a wet bed.
- Just like you, I didn’t have any control over it. I just slept right through it and didn’t even know.
- I wet the bed until I was (xx) years old.
- I just had to wait for my body to grow and mature before I eventually was dry all night.
- Someday, you’ll grow out of this too! In the meantime, I think we should keep using your Goodnites® NightTime Underwear under your pajamas. What do you think about that?
- I want you to know this because bedwetting is so common — many other kids experience this just like us.
- The most important thing we can do right now is make sure we talk to each other. I want you to know you can always come to me about this.
- This isn’t a big deal. and I know we’re going to get through this just fine.
- How are you feeling about wetting the bed? Is there anything you’d like to talk about?