Is It Possible to Stop Bedwetting?
One day you’re celebrating and sharing the news that your child is totally potty trained and the very next night your little one wets the bed. It happens. And it’s a much more common scenario than you might think. There are many potty trained children who sometimes cannot stay dry through the night.
While it can be frustrating for your child to wake up with wet sheets (and challenging for whoever cleans it up, too) neither you nor your child has failed or done anything wrong. It is common for kids who are completely potty trained during the day to experience nighttime wetting.
Of course, it’s only natural that parents would want to find a way to fix the situation and make things better for their child, but there is no cure for bedwetting. There are no nighttime potty training programs. It simply can take longer for many kids.
There is good news. Pediatrician and children's book author Dr. Howard Bennett wants parents to be reassured that bedwetting will end. The vast majority of children outgrow it on their own eventually, and there are things parents and kids can do to help them stay dry all night.
According to Bennett, the easy and minimally disruptive management tool to use while your child transitions from daytime to nighttime dryness is a disposable nighttime pant, such as GoodNites® NightTime Underwear®. Using them regularly will help your child sleep better and stay comfortable throughout the night. It also eliminates the stress of waking up in a wet bed every morning.
Another thing you can do is encourage children to go to the bathroom as soon as they feel the urge to go. It’s normal for kids to put off urination because they don’t want to stop what they’re doing. It’s important for parents to avoid creating a power struggle about regular urination, so encourage them in a positive manner.
Openly talking to your child about nighttime wetting can be another effective way to manage the situation and provide support. Be sure to let your child know that their bedwetting is something many kids experience, and that they are not at fault. Your love and acceptance can go a long way in helping your child as you manage nighttime wetting together.
Should your child need more assistance to understand and address nighttime wetting, consult your doctor.