Nighttime accidents are common in preschool and young school age children. Although the frequency decreases as children get older, it helps to be prepared at any age. Accidents can happen when you least expect them!
Triggers for accidents include:
Being overly tired
Having a later than usual dinner or snacks
Forgetting to urinate in the toilet before bed
A change of schedule, such as the start of the school year, end of the school year or having an evening babysitter
Being much more active during the day
Starting a new medication
Travel, especially change of time zones
Even the best parents cannot prevent these triggers but it helps to be prepared.
Ways to be prepared:
Remind your child to void twice before going to bed, about 30 minutes apart
Know that your child is not wetting on purpose, so scolding and punishment are not warranted