Bed Wetting

Bed wetting solutions that work

Bedwetting is a common problem among children. Also known as nocturnal enuresis, bed wetting can be very embarrassing and confusing for a child, so it's important for parents to help their children understand that it's something most of their peers will experience and it's nothing to be ashamed of.


What causes bed wetting?

There are a number of factors that are thought to cause bed wetting. The most common theory is that a slow maturation of the connection between the brain and the bladder (the one that tells the bladder not to empty itself when the body is asleep) causes bed wetting. As the child matures, this connection will be solidified and the problem should disappear. Another theory is that children produce more urine at night and it's too much for their small bladders to hold.

There's also a different line of thought that theorizes that children simply sleep more deeply than most adults and they are unable to wake when they need to urinate.

Limiting the disruption

Never punish your child for wetting the bed, as it's entirely out of his or her control. Be supportive and remain calm. It's a good idea to have a fresh set of sheets for your child's bed on hand, so that you can make a quick switch in the middle of the night and get back to bed as quickly as possible. It's also smart to invest in a plastic bed wetting pad to put under the sheets, as this will help protect your child's mattress from becoming permanently soiled.

Solving the problem

In almost all cases, bed wetting will go away naturally as the child matures. Temporary measures can be taken to limit the number of occurrences, but the problem cannot be completely eliminated until your child grows out of it.

The best way to prevent bed wetting is to limit your child's intake of fluids in the hours before bedtime (particularly drinks with caffeine or carbonation, as these can increase the likelihood of bed wetting). Don't deny your child water if he or she is thirsty, but try to plan his or her consumption so that most of the fluids consumed during the day have passed through his or her system by bedtime. Make sure that the last thing your child does before he or she gets into bed is visit the bathroom.

For young children, bed wetting diapers can be a big help. Even children who are potty trained often need a bit of extra support at night. That said, diapers can be embarrassing for older children and are often more trouble than they are worth.

A bed wetting alarm can also be useful. Bed wetting alarms are devices that can help children learn to sense when they need to go to the bathroom and get out of bed to do so. They have moisture sensors that trigger an audible alarm when the child begins to wet the bed. This will wake the child and allow him or her to cut off the flow of urine and make a quick trip to the bathroom.

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