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Bedwetting Causes & Treatments

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, nighttime wetting is just one of those bumps.

Eventually, your child’s bladder will catch up to his or 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:

  1. Stay calm. Your initial reaction may be to scold your child, but, remember, it’s not his fault. Staying calm will help ease embarrassment and will show him that an occasional accident is not a big deal — it’s just part of growing up. Let your child know that most kids have nighttime accidents until at least age 7,† so many of his friends are likely having similar issues.
  2. Start the clean-up. Let your child help you strip the bed, and ask him to change pajamas. A rational, solution-oriented attitude will demonstrate 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 your child goes to the bathroom before getting into bed again.
  3. Don’t mention it. The next morning, don’t mention the accident unless your child brings it up. If he does want to talk about it, just reassure him that nighttime wetness 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.
  • GoodNites® NightTime Underwear 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 be supportive of your child in this situation. Being prepared for these small challenges will make the process much more manageable and less upsetting for your son or daughter.

If you’re still worried about your child’s nighttime wetting or it becomes more frequent, I recommend speaking to your pediatrician, who will be able to offer you both a better understanding of your child’s symptoms and a variety of other possible solutions.

† Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics



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