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Tips for Managing Bedwetting

Many children are dry at night by age 5, but others will continue to wet the bed for several more years.

About 10% of 7-year-olds will wet the bed at least once in a while.† Although more and more kids stay dry as they get older, even some pre-teen children are still wetting the bed. Bedwetting, or nighttime wetting, runs in families, and often children will stop wetting the bed at night at the same age their parents became consistently dry.

Children will eventually outgrow nighttime wetting, but check with your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that could be the cause. In the meantime, there are simple things parents can do to help their child feel confident, protected and secure.

Be Understanding

As a parent, the most important thing you can do is to make sure your child knows you love her and that you’ll work together to solve her nighttime accidents. Being as informed and understanding as possible will help your daughter stay strong and happy throughout these sensitive situations. Be sure to look at how nighttime wetting affects your child. A boy who’s completely unconcerned about nighttime wetting should be handled differently from his schoolmate who’s very worried and upset about the condition. Any feelings of poor self-esteem or worry need to be addressed head-on, with a listening ear, understanding and calm reassurance.

For more information, check out this article about what every parent should know when it comes to talking about bedwetting with his or her child.

Pay Attention to Daytime Habits

Some children wet the bed in part due to daytime habits. Children should be encouraged to empty their bladders frequently and completely during the day. “Holders” become less aware of the sensation of a full bladder and more frequently wet the bed at night. If a child is constipated, that also needs to be addressed before nighttime wetting will stop.

Modify Diet

Easy dietary changes can sometimes help. Drinking plenty of fluids in the morning hours will make a child less thirsty in the evening and less likely to crave liquids near bedtime. Because constipation contributes to nighttime wetting, a diet with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables can help prevent at least some nighttime wetting episodes.

Provide Comfort

For comfort, convenience and reassurance, using a product like GoodNites® Bedtime Pants or GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear will help a child feel more in control and less embarrassed. Although these products will not prevent nighttime wetting, they will ease children’s minds and provide a way for them to feel comfortable all night.

Children should be encouraged to put GoodNites® on by themselves at night, but this should not be the focus of your child’s bedtime routine.

† D.M. Fergusson, "Factors Related to the Age of Attainment of Nocturnal Bladder Control," Pediatrics 78 (1986), pp. 884-90.

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