Some children establish nighttime dryness at the same time they get dry in the daytime. It’s not uncommon, however, for many children to require a little time and assistance to develop the ability to stay dry all night. Here are a few tips to help.
Make sure your child is reliably dry in the daytime before worrying about nighttime.
Encourage drinking and frequent toileting in the daytime.
Make sure bowel movements are soft and regular.
Have your child void twice before bedtime, once 30 minutes before bedtime and once as lights go out.
Remind your child to use the bathroom if he or she wakes up for any reason in the night, including coming into your room.
Have a trial of no pull-ups if you begin to see dry ones in the morning. If a couple of weeks pass without further progress, restart the pull-ups and try at a later time.
Try a bedwetting alarm if your child is school age and still wet most nights. This speeds up the development of the brain-bladder connection and allows most children to become dry in weeks instead of years.
Be patient and know that becoming dry at night is a process.
Worry if nighttime dryness doesn’t happen for months or even a year or two after daytime dryness. This is very common.
Forget to mention this to your child’s health care provider, especially if your child had a period of dryness, and is now wetting again. Your doctor can easily check urine to rule out urinary problems.
Think that your child is lazy or is wetting at night on purpose. Be supportive and not punitive. Punishment, ridicule, or forcing your child to do their own laundry will not help them become dry faster.
Allow your child to wear pull-ups while they are awake. Put it on last thing before lights out and take it off immediately upon waking.
Forget that bedwetting is inherited and often parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents can recall having a similar problem. Siblings may also be affected.