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5 Tips for Stopping Bedwetting in Kids

5 Tips for Stopping Bedwetting in Kids
Kevin Cleary

For parents potty-training their children, it is not always a quick endeavor. Teaching our children how to use the bathroom properly can seem difficult or even confusing. What’s the right approach? If my child fails, how do I deal with this? Often daytime potty-training is easier than at night while they are sleeping. After you have “successfully” potty trained your child and are no longer using diapers or training pants, the job is done…right? Well, sorry to the bearer of bad news sometimes your job is not finished.

We here at HPFY can give you some tips to help stop nocturnal bedwetting in kids and save your child some stress and you some laundry!! 

Their Achievement Not Yours 

Many parents may feel like the sooner they potty-train their children the better parents they actually are. Sorry, this is not true!! Bedwetting is a common occurrence in many young children, especially at nighttime. Nocturnal enuresis or nighttime incontinence isn’t restricted to children five years old or younger. Approximately 20% of five-year-olds experience nocturnal enuresis or wetting the bed at night. This means about 5 million children in the United States are wetting the bed at night.

Bedwetting in older kids is also not as rare as you think. Yes, younger children are more apt to wet the bed at night but 5% of 10-year-olds also experience nighttime incontinence. So how do you stop bedwetting in kids? Visit HPFY for all your incontinence needs. Fortunately we have some tips that can help your kids overcome any bedwetting and have a better quality of life. 

Some Tips to Help Bedwetting in Kids

Okay, so how do you stop bedwetting? Bedwetting in kids may require a multifaceted approach to be successful. When you properly potty-train your child you are not only keeping them from having nighttime accidents but you are teaching them how to use the toilet and they are learning how your body handles daily urination.

As you progress in your child’s potty-training routine they recognize the physical and mental signs/symptoms of when to go to the bathroom. This becomes a little more difficult at nighttime. Not all children can hold it or are able to wake up in time to use the toilet. This can lead to nighttime incontinence. This can be frustrating for parents but for children it can be stressful, leading to embarrassment or low self-esteem. Five tips for halting bedwetting in kids include: 

Tips for Stopping Bedwetting in Kids

1. Talk

Don’t just do the laundry in silence. Talk to your children and let them know that accidents are okay and that you’ll find a solution together as a team. Tell them that other kids wet the bed and they too will grow out of it. 

2. No Drinks before Bedtime

Drinking milk or water before bedtime may be a normal routine but it could be leading to nocturnal enuresis. Set a time deadline of approximately one hour before bedtime for last call. No drinking after this time!! Monitor what your child is drinking, milk and water are healthy choices, while juice and soda have a diuretic effect meaning they can lead to the need to use the toilet more frequently. 

3. Bathroom before Bedtime

Make it a habit for your child going to the bathroom before hitting the sack. Also, try to have the majority of their fluid intake earlier in the day and a smaller drink with dinner. 

4. Set up a Bladder Training Schedule

We can train our bodies to use the bathroom at certain times. This type of training can help with bladder control. Wake your child up once or twice a night to use the bathroom. 

5. Hit the Reset Button

Stopping bedwetting in kids is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Some kids will take to it faster than others and there are products like a bedwetting alarm that can help you in this endeavor. If everything else fails, consult your pediatrician as the cause may be an underlying health condition. Feel free to visit HPFY for all your nocturnal enuresis needs and incontinence supplies. 

Incontinence Supplies To Help Bedwetting In Kids 

1. Infant Crib Liners

Also known as crib bumpers, they are lined inside a baby's crib to protect the infant from wetness and moisture.  

2. Baby Diapers

These are quite common and are essential for a clean and dry environment for infants and toddlers. Baby diapers absorb and contain urine and feces and prevent diaper rash. 

3. Training Pants 

These are designed for toddlers transitioning from diapers to underwear. They are pull-ups and extremely easy to remove. Training pants are more absorbent than underwear but less than traditional diapers. Hence, these are also used for potty training. 

4. Youth Pants 

These are for older children needing protection against bedwetting or daytime episodes. Youth pants are more discreet and resemble regular underwear. 

When choosing products to stop bedwetting in kids, consider safety, comfort, and their specific needs. Should you have any questions or confusion, consider talking to your doctor first. 



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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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