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Understanding Bedwetting

Bedwetting is Not Potty Training Regression

Potty training is a developmental milestone that many parents and toddlers eagerly anticipate. A child who masters using the toilet is ready to become more self-sufficient and independent and that is something the whole family can feel proud of.

When your child does reach this major milestone, don’t let nighttime wetness put a damper on your little one’s big accomplishment. Your child has mastered daytime potty training; it’s just that achieving dryness at night is a totally separate process based on child's physical development.

“Bedwetting is not the same as potty training regression,” says Dr. Heather Wittenberg, a child development expert, mom of four and GoodNites® partner. “After a child is potty trained, it may take months or years for them to be consistently dry at night. This will come with time, as children grow and the hormone that decreases nighttime urine production develops. Until this hormone is fully developed, pee will still be produced at night – no matter what parents do.”

The reason potty trained children experience nighttime wetness is that it’s harder for the brain and bladder to communicate and stay in sync with each other when a child is sleeping. Your little one’s bladder could become full at night, but he or she may not wake up in time to prevent nighttime wetness, despite repeated signals from the bladder. Total nighttime dryness will happen for your child in time, but first the bladder and its nerve signals to and from the brain will need to mature.

Although parents may wish for a quick and simple solution to wetting the bed, kids cannot be trained out of nighttime wetting. Attempting to train a child so that they can stay dry all night will cause undue stress. The ability to stay dry at night is simply something that will happen naturally as your child continues to grow and develop, provided they are healthy. 

Until your child is consistently dry at night, you can use GoodNites® NightTime Underwear to keep them feeling comfortable and confident. During that time, parents should reinforce how proud they are about their child's successful potty training and let them know that it is common for nighttime dryness to take much longer. With lots of patience and encouragement, your child will feel loved and supported in their journey to dry nights. 

Should your child need more assistance to understand and address nighttime wetting, consult your doctor.



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