Help your child stay dry through the night
Your kiddo has mastered the porcelain throne during the day, but is bed wetting keeping him from a good night's sleep? Although nighttime potty accidents are a potty training challenge that often goes away with time, you can still discover tips and tricks on how to help your child stay dry through the night, from increasing the chances he'll wake up dry to what to do when your kiddo wets the bed.
Nighttime potty accidents
Despite the potty training skills your child has acquired, lack of bladder control can cause your snoozing kiddo to wet the bed. "Children may still wet the bed at night because the body has to produce an antidiuretic hormone before a child cannot wet during the night," explains Tammy Gold, Gold Parent Coaching. "This hormone comes later and causes the body to decrease urine during the evening. This can happen at 3, 6 or 8 years old and is different for each child."
That being said, "Most children are potty trained between the ages of 2 and 4 years old," advises Jill Leech of Potty Tots, LLC. "Daytime potty training is mastered first, but staying dry all night takes a little longer. Most experts agree that bed wetting is considered normal up until age 6."
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Tips to minimize bed wetting
Although maturity is the ultimate remedy for bed wetting, here are a few tips to help reduce the likelihood that your sweetie pie will wet the bed, regardless of age:
- "Take the child to the bathroom before the parents go to bed," advises Gold. "This will help to shorten the time the child has to hold it."
- Minimize drinks up to two hours before bedtime.
- Require him empty his bladder before he drifts off to dreamland.
- Reward your little one for staying dry through the night, such as establishing a sticker chart that leads to prizes.
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What to do when your child has wet the bed
"Bed-wetting is a common part of potty training and should be expected," warns Leech. "It is common for children to take longer to be potty trained at night." So when your youngster does wake to a wet bed, remember to:
- Avoid blame or punishment if he wet the bed
- Remain supportive and don't make an issue when it happens
- Refrain from discussing bed wetting in front of other family members
- Have your child help clean up soiled bedding to heighten awareness
- Use waterproof bed covers to keep potty accidents from ruining the mattress
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Remember to practice patience; some children take longer than others to put their potty training skills into practice and stay dry through the night. When he wets the bed, "explain to the child that it is nothing to be ashamed of and that it is a normal part of potty training," offers Leech. "To put it simply, their bodies are still growing and just need a little more time."
However, she warns that for some children, the inability to stay dry through the night could be a sign of a more serious medical problem and a sudden onset of bed wetting may be a sign of a stressful situation for your youngster. "In either instance, parents should consult their pediatrician." You can do your best to help your child stay dry through the night, but as he grows, you're sure to find that potty accidents are a thing of the past.