Daytime Wetting in Children – Do’s and Don’ts

Daytime wetting in older children is a little more common in girls, but both sexes can be affected. Children often describe that they don’t feel like they need to go to the bathroom until the last minute. Then it’s too late and urine begins to come out in their underwear.

Parents describe the frustration of noticing that their child is fidgeting or reminding them to go to the bathroom, with their child responding “I don’t have to go”. Five minutes later, urine is leaking out or they are urgently trying to find a bathroom.

Here are some strategies to help solve your child’s daytime wetting.


Use a timed voiding program with a vibratory reminder watch.
Set the watch to vibrate about every 2 hours to remind your child to stop what they are doing and use the bathroom. The newest watch is this kid-friendly Rodger 8-Alarm Reminder Watch, which even comes with two replacement bands.

Use the watch for several months, until your child begins to anticipate when they need to go.
Since the other children don’t know the watch is a special reminder, there is no reason that your child can’t use this daily until they develop a new habit.

Use the bathroom at the scheduled time even if he or she doesn’t feel like they need to go.
Since many children can tune out messages from their body, they may not “feel” the urge until it’s too late. Emptying the bladder regularly prevents it from becoming overfull.

Make sure there are no problems with using the school bathroom.
Remove obstacles such as teacher not giving permission, bathroom too dirty, scared of who might be in the bathroom, getting lost, no toilet paper, etc.

Insure that your child has enough fluid during the day.
Taking a water bottle to school may help. If urine is too concentrated, it can irritate the bladder and make the problem worse.


Forget to talk with your child’s health care provider to rule out any medical reasons for the wetting.
This is especially important if your child had been dry and has just begun have daytime accidents.

Punish your child for wetting.
Use positive reinforcement if they follow the watch’s reminder to go the bathroom at the regularly scheduled time. This is something they can control, that will ultimately lead to dry underwear.

Forget to monitor bowel movements.
Constipation and infrequent stools contribute to wetting accidents.
Talk to your pediatrician about diet changes or medications that can help with this.

Let wet pants become a family battle.
Instruct your child in changing wet clothes and where to put them. Help them prevent odor by cleaning skin after wetting.

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Peeing in Bed

“My 6 year old pees in his bed every night. I’ve tried limiting drinks after dinner, taking him to the bathroom before bed and even walking him to the bathroom when I go to bed. Nothing is working. What should I do?”

It sounds like you have already put in place many of the common strategies. I want to make sure that you understand that your son is not doing this on purpose and would love to be dry all night. Please be supportive and not punitive.

Just as children need help learning things like riding a bike or swimming, sometimes children need a little help learning to be dry in the nighttime. The best tool for helping your son learn to wake up on his own when he needs to use the bathroom is a bedwetting alarm.

A bedwetting alarm is a specialized device that senses moisture and sounds to alert him (and you) when the wetting happens. I’m sure he currently sleeps through the wetting episode so has no idea when it happens. Using a bedwetting alarm pinpoints exactly when he wets so he can use the bathroom. A bedwetting alarm is much different than using an alarm clock. You would not know the time to set the alarm clock because the time he wets changes from night to night.

He will need your help at first. When you hear the alarm from your room, go to his room and make sure he turns off the alarm, and then walks to the bathroom. Over a few nights and weeks, he will learn to stop his urine flow and finish in the toilet. Eventually, he’ll either hold it all night or get up before the alarm sounds.

Bedwetting alarms vary in price from about $49.95-$129.95, depending on the features you choose. Most families report that this is the best money they have spent to help their children become dry at night. Put the money and energy you save on buying pull-ups and doing daily laundry toward a permanent cure.

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Waterproof Pants for Older Kids

Super Undies Waterproof Bedwetting Underwear are a great reusable product for insuring a dry bed in the morning. Imagine not having to do daily laundry and not having to continually buy disposables. You’re saving the environment and your time and money at the same time!

With summer camps, sleepovers and vacations, parents have been asking us for a product that their bedwetting children can discreetly use for waterproof protection. Now we have it!

Available in a red/black or lavender/pink, the close fit and fleece edges prevent leaking. These pants have 4 layers of microfiber absorbency in the front, back and sides and feature a wrap-around soaker pad that increases absorbency in the middle, where it’s needed the most. Exclusively at the Bedwetting Store, we also include an extra cloth soaker pad and 3 disposable booster pads with each pair. Extra soaker pads can be purchased and used for those who have an exceptionally large urine volume.

Best of all, they’re currently on sale, at a $10/per pair savings. Stock up so you have a clean pair every night.

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