Dealing With Bedwetting
There are some things that parents can try if their child has wetting at night. Some of these suggestions include:
- Try skipping drinks before bedtime.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, like colas or tea. These drinks speed up urine production.
- Give your child one drink with dinner. Explain that it will be the last drink before going to bed.
- Make sure your child uses the bathroom just before bed.
Many children will still wet the bed, but these steps are a place to start.
Your child may feel bad about wetting the bed. Let your child know he isn't to blame. Let her help take off the wet sheets and put them in the washer, but don't make this a punishment. Be supportive. Praise your child for dry nights.
Be patient. Most children grow out of bedwetting. Some children just take more time than others.
Visiting Your Healthcare Provider
If your child is seven years old or older and wets the bed more than two or three times in a week, a doctor may be able to help. If both day and night wetting occur after age five, your child should see a healthcare provider before age seven.
Some other reasons to see your child's doctor if he or she is wetting their bed at night include:
- Your child complains of a burning sensation when urinating
- He or she starts wetting the bed after being consistently dry for at least six months.
At the visit, the healthcare provider will ask questions about your child's health and the wetting problem. Your child will likely be asked for a urine sample. The doctor uses the sample to look for signs of infection. By testing the reflexes in the child's legs and feet, the doctor can check for nerve damage. Sometimes bedwetting is a sign of diabetes, a condition that can cause frequent urination.
If your child has an infection, the doctor can prescribe medicine. In most cases, the doctor finds that the child is normal and healthy. If your child is basically healthy, there are a variety of ways to help your child stop wetting the bed.