Although accidents at night are not uncommon at this age, handling the situation with the right attitude will help to limit the impact of these accidents until your child develops night time dryness:
As your child becomes more aware of what’s going on they might start to feel anxious and different from their friends. Accidents at night are also bound to cause upset. While the situation is probably causing you frustration and worry, it’s important to show your child that you understand what they are going through as this will help to reassure them that their feelings are normal.
Help them understand
At this young age, children are unlikely to understand why they are wetting the bed, so explain what’s going on. Be clear that it isn’t their fault and reassure them that they will become dry at night in good time.
As with potty training, encouragement and motivation will go a long way to helping a child get through bedwetting. Praise helps to build a child’s confidence, so celebrating small “steps along the way” - such as going to the toilet before bedtime without prompting - will help to keep them focussed and will also counteract the disappointment of when things don’t go so well. Encouraging them to understand that bedwetting is beyond their control and that no-one is to blame is also crucial.
Support from the experts
It’s a good idea to learn about bedwetting so you understand why it happens and what you can do to help manage the situation. The DryNites® website is packed with essential information and tips to support both you and your child through this stage.
For night times, DryNites® Pyjama Pants provide effective protection against accidents so that your child can wake up to dry sheets and are designed to look and feel just like regular underwear.
If you have any particular concerns about your child’s bedwetting, talk to your doctor or health visitor for advice.