Hi little kids! My kids are all big right now, but they were little like you just a few years ago. I’ve been a mom for a long, long time (since the ‘90s!) and helped all four of my kids through enuresis. That’s a fancy word for wetting the bed at night.
I know it feels like you are the only one who still wets the bed, but that’s not true. Enuresis/bedwetting is really common and nothing to be embarrassed about. I asked my kids if it would be okay if I talked about what it was like for them, and they said okay.
First of all, bedwetting is indeed really common. Almost everyone wets the bed after they are toilet trained. In fact, 70% still do at age seven. So if you are in second grade and you look around your classroom, most of your friends are dealing with it too.
I asked my kids what their best advice is for kids who still wet the bed, and here’s what they told me.
Have less to drink at night.
If you’re thirsty, of course you should have a little water, but try to limit beverages after you are done with dinner.
Go to the bathroom right before you get in the bed.
Do whatever your bedtime routine is: bath, pajamas, brush your teeth. Then, very last thing—empty your bladder fully. Make this a habit, just like anything else you do to get ready for sleep.
Make it easy to get to the bathroom at night.
One of my kids said she sometimes wet the bed because she’d wake up in the dark and be too afraid to go to the bathroom. When she told me this, we made sure to get another nightlight. It was a pretty cool one too. It was like a little lava lamp with glitter inside it, so it was nice to wake up to, and just bright enough to help her go to and from the bathroom.
If that’s not enough light, get a super cool Monster-Repelling flashlight. Your mom and dad will know how to find one of those. They work at getting rid of anything scary, I guarantee it!
Maybe go talk to your doctor.
Out of all four of my kids, one was a pretty persistent bedwetter. None of the previous advice was working. So, we went to our pediatrician. It turns out, my kid had a low-level chronic bladder infection. A short course of antibiotics cleared it right up.
We made sure to follow all the previous advice, and the bedwetting completely stopped!
Sometimes, your bladder just hasn’t caught up with the rest of you. If that’s the case the only thing to do is wait until your body is ready to stay dry all night. Until then, don’t let anyone tease you or make you feel bad about wetting the bed. Odds are, they used to do it too.
I was glad to write this for Pampers UnderJams. When my kids were waiting to outgrow bedwetting, we used Pampers to keep the bed and their pajamas dry. It really helped my kids maintain a sense of dignity to not wake up to wet sheets. And, it gave them a sense of security if we were spending the night away from home.
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Moms and dads, no kid wets the bed on purpose. Until they’re ready, help them have skills to head off nighttime enuresis, and the supplies to stay dry. Parents can learn even more about how to help kids at PampersUnderJams.com. That’s where you can watch videos and read articles with lots of great information from Moms who are leading pediatricians. They have experience helping their own children deal with bedwetting.
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
Don’t have children, so I don’t know about their bed routines, it is good to help find them a routine that will help to avoid them wetting the bed, I can imagine it is so much harder when the child is a teen because they will feel so embarrassed to have that happen.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
My kids haven;t wet the bed since they were potty training, but I was always prepared back then. These are awesome tips.
My son (he’s 3) still has some nights he wakes up wet. It’s not often, and these are great tips. Several are things we’ve started doing with him (the going to the bathroom right before bed. Having extra nightlights, etc.)
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
These are great tips. One of my kids had an issue with this, and we found that if we limited fluids about 3 hours before bed and had them go to the bathroom right before going to bed, we were good.
Catherine S says
These are great tips. I was lucky and never had an issue with my son wetting the bed. We always made sure he used the bathroom right before getting into bed.
These are all great tips! I had a child (step) that was a bedwetter and it was such a struggle. The UnderJams would have been perfect for him.
What great tips. I will be looking into this for my youngest one. Thanks for sharing
We had nighttime bed wetting until my youngest was 4 1/2. We used night time underwear to help her get through it too!
It can be so tricky, growing up! It’s wonderful that children don’t need to feel ashamed of what challenges so many. These Underjams are a great way to transition.
Great tips! I had a little who would have a couple accidents but nothing major at night. Cutting out drinks after a certain time worked well!
Bed-wetting can be so embarrassing for kids. I love that you let your kids give their advice too!
The Harried Mom says
Potty training can be very tricky for parents and so frustrating for children. Good tips and Underjams is a great way for them to feel like they are growing up.
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
Great tips! Potty training has been a real rollercoaster for us!
Oh gosh, it can be such a tricky time. I am grateful for Underjams making it easier on kids.
I love your note that kids don’t wet the bed on purpose. It’s so important to see that/their perspective too. Our youngest took awhile, but that’s okay… I knew he’d get it (and he did). 🙂
Sad to say, there are some kids who do wet the bed on purpose. They don’t want to get up and think they can just hold, knowing that they can’t. Or, kids who are trying to act out for some reason. Until you’ve lived through it, you just don’t know what’s going on or how to handle it.
These are definitely great tips to keep in mind for my daughter. Bed wetting can be scary for them!
Ann Bacciaglia says
These are great tips for kids that wet the bed. My son struggled with bed wetting for years.
great information! we are dealing with bed wetting right now. will have to show my husband.
I am grateful that my older has not wet the bed. Still got one more to potty train.
These are great tips! I am sure this can be such a sensitive subject for kids.
Great tips. I love the don’t drink as much near bedtime tip. It can be an embarrassing subject for kids.
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
All great tips! The extra night lights are a great idea!