Bedwetting, or urinating when sleeping, can be frustrating for both you and your child.
But it’s usually not a sign of a major problem. Your child’s body may simply need
more time to mature. If a child suddenly starts wetting the bed, the cause is often
a lifestyle change (such as starting school) or a stressful event (such as the birth
of a sibling). But whatever the cause, it’s not in your child’s direct control. If
your child wets the bed:
Keep in mind that your child is not wetting on purpose. Never punish or tease a child
for wetting the bed. Punishment or shaming may make the problem worse, not better.
To help your child, be positive and supportive. Praise your child for not wetting
and even for trying hard to stay dry.
Two hours before bedtime
don’t serve your child anything to drink.
Remind your child to use the
toilet before bed. You could also wake them to use the bathroom before you go to
Have a routine for changing sheets and pajamas when the child wets. Try to make this
routine as calm and orderly as possible. This will help keep both you and your child
from getting too upset or frustrated to go back to sleep.
Put up a calendar or chart
and give your child a star or sticker for nights that they don’t wet the bed.
Encourage your child to get
out of bed and try to use the toilet if they wake during the night. Put
night-lights in the bedroom, hallway, and bathroom to help your child feel safer
walking to the bathroom.
If you have concerns about bedwetting, discuss them with the healthcare provider.