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Advice for Parents

Your Trusted Bedtime Resource

Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg

Bedwetting, or nighttime wetting, is a common condition affecting more than 5 million children in the United States over the age of 6. Because it’s such a sensitive issue, many parents shy away from the topic altogether and their children may suffer needlessly.

It’s all too common for children to fall into the “Why only me?” syndrome, causing them to feel different from their peers.

They may even feel guilty, embarrassed or at fault for nighttime wetting. Ongoing shame around nighttime wetting and thoughts of parental disappointment can affect a child’s self-esteem, create anxiety and diminish a youngster’s self-confidence.

As a pediatrician and mother of three, I often counsel patients and parents to think about bedtime as a positive, bonding time, one that should not be cluttered with the guilt and anxiety of nighttime wetting. When patients and parents know there are resources to help manage the condition, such as GoodNites® Bedtime Pants and GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear, they have the confidence to know that bedtime doesn’t have to be a stressful time but rather a time when memories can be created with both family and friends.

Here’s an all too common scenario in my practice: a very friendly and outgoing 6-year-old patient named Annie was complaining of nighttime wetting two or three times a week. Her mom always described her as a social butterfly, wanting to play or be with her friends constantly. However, due to nighttime wetting, Annie was afraid to spend the night at her friends’ houses and was strongly considering missing her best friend’s slumber party.

My advice to Annie was to try GoodNites® Bedtime Pants or GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear. Because they look and feel like real underwear, they give children like Annie added confidence — especially when away from home — so she could feel comfortable at night.

I explained to Annie and her mom that, although GoodNites® Bedtime Pants and GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear do not solve nighttime wetting, they can reduce Annie’s anxiety around bedtime and give her the confidence needed to attend her friend’s pajama party. Annie’s mom followed up with me a week later. Annie was able to enjoy the pajama party!

Here’s some more information to help your child deal better with nighttime wetting:

  • Nighttime wetting is not your child’s fault and he should not be punished.
  • In most cases of nighttime wetting, there is an inherited component, so if one or more parents wet the bed, chances are your child will too.
  • Most experts agree that in a majority of cases there is an immaturity or disconnect between the signals of the bladder and the brain that over time corrects itself.
  • Be supportive and sensitive to your child’s feelings about nighttime wetting.
  • Remain nonjudgmental and keep nighttime wetting in perspective.
  • Let your child know she is not alone. Remind her that, although they may not be talking about it, chances are friends are dealing with nighttime wetting too.
  • Be proactive! Don’t wait for your pediatrician to ask about nighttime wetting. Unfortunately, many doctors only broach the topic if a parent or child brings the issue to their attention.

Besides consulting with your child’s doctor for advice, visit GoodNites® for more information on bedtime tips.

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