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Simple Solutions for the Occasional Nighttime Accident

Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg

As children grow up, it’s no secret to any parent that there will be bumps in the road. And as frustrating as it may seem for both you and your child, bedwetting (also known as nighttime wetting) is just one of those bumps.

Almost every child will have his or her share of nighttime accidents. The trick is being prepared to deal with them. Eventually, your child’s bladder will catch up to her growing body, and the accidents will subside. In the meantime, here are some suggestions to help you feel prepared for your child’s occasional nighttime wetness:

Stay calm. Your initial reaction may be to scold your child, but remember, it’s not her fault. Staying calm will help ease embarrassment and will show her that an occasional accident is not a big deal — it’s just part of growing up. Let her know that many kids have nighttime accidents until at least age 7, so it's likely that some of her friends are most likely having similar issues.

Start the clean-up. Let your child help you strip the bed and ask her to change pajamas. A rational, solution-oriented attitude will demonstrate to her that this is just a minor hiccup. You might consider using a waterproof mattress cover, which will keep the mess to a minimum. Then, make sure she goes to the bathroom before getting into bed again.

Don’t mention it. The next morning, don’t mention the accident unless your child brings it up. If she does want to talk about it, just reassure her that nighttime wetting is not something that can be controlled, and it’s not something to worry about.

Even if your child only experiences nighttime accidents once in a while, it’s still a good idea to follow any of these tips, as they can help prevent future accidents:

  • Include a trip to the bathroom in your child’s bedtime routine, even if he doesn’t need to go.
  • Consider waking up your child before you go to bed to use the bathroom one more time.
  • GoodNites® Bedtime Pants or GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear products can help your child feel more confident falling asleep because they look and feel like real underwear but have the protection kids need, especially while lying down.

No matter what works best for you and your child as you deal with these accidents, the most important thing is to stick to a plan and to include your child in the process to give him a sense of control over the situation. Being prepared for these small challenges will make the process much more manageable for everyone.

If you’re still concerned about your child’s nighttime wetting or it becomes more frequent, just remain patient and be assured this is just a bump in the road. You are not alone, and GoodNites® is here to help!

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