Does Your Kid Wet the Bed? No Worries!

Bedwetting occurs in a child’s developmental stage, a natural phase they outgrow. No one, not even doctors, knows what triggers bedwetting or why it suddenly ceases. However, this is generally a phase that children outgrow on their own.

Bedwetting in children is not usually indicative of underlying psychological or physiological problems. It typically affects younger children but can persist into adolescence. Many children who pee in the bed have a relative who did so. It is more likely that a child will also wet the bed if both parents do.

How Do We Deal with Nighttime Wetting?

Assure your child that bedwetting is a natural aspect of childhood development and will eventually stop. Your child may find solace in hearing about other family members who went through similar experiences.

Have your kid drink more water throughout the day and less at night (especially anything with caffeine). Then, tell them they must use the restroom before turning in for the night. Many parents have found success with incentive programs like awarding stickers for dry nights and providing a modest prize (like a book) once a predetermined amount of stickers have been earned.

Similarly beneficial are bedwetting alarms. Do not scold or spank if your child wakes up with damp sheets. Get your kid to assist you in changing the bed linens. Tell them this is not punishment but a necessary step in the procedure. Your kid might even feel better about themselves afterward. Always remember to praise your youngster when they have a dry night.

Bedwetting can be treated with medication for kids aged six and up. Medications can be beneficial, though they seldom cure bedwetting when children attend sleepovers or overnight camps. The pediatrician can advise you on whether or not these medications are appropriate for your child. It is important to enquire about any negative consequences.


How Soon Should You Seek Medical Attention?

Rapid onset of bedwetting, especially if accompanied by other symptoms, should prompt a visit to the doctor. Urinary tract infections (UTIs), constipation, bladder issues, diabetes, and high stress are some of the conditions the doctor may look for. Immediately seek medical attention if your kid exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Starts urinating the bed after at least six months of bed-wetting-free consistency.
  • They begin to experience daytime incontinence.
  • The individual snores at night.
  • Complaints of a scorching or painful sensation when urinating.
  • Drinks or eats significantly more than usual.
  • Possesses swollen feet or ankles.
  • Is at least seven years old and still peeing the bed.

If your child is under a lot of stress and you feel frustrated or could use some help, be sure to let the doctor know. Your love and understanding will go a long way toward helping your child conquer the bedwetting and feel better about it.



Many young children struggle with bedwetting. Parents should handle the situation with empathy and seek professional help if necessary. Most kids will naturally outgrow bedwetting with the correct methods and support.

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