Bedwetting is a common condition, affecting one in four children. It can be confusing for the child – and their parents – particularly as the child gets older. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help manage bedwetting.

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Keep them hydrated

It might sound counterintuitive, but there is no benefit to depriving your child of liquid. It’s important they drink plenty of water throughout the day, so you should never restrict the amount they drink. Hydration is the most important factor, so opt for water and avoid fizzy and caffeinated drinks. These are diuretics and can lead to increased production of wee.

Encourage them to go to the toilet throughout the day, particularly if they’ve only recently mastered potty training.

As your child gets older, and they are responsible for their own eating and drinking, reassure them that it’s OK to continue drinking plenty of water, and educate them on the importance of being aware of what they are drinking.

Stick to a routine

A consistent routine is a good way to help your child learn how to stay dry at night. Stick to a set bedtime and have some quiet time together – perhaps with a book – before bed. Always encourage your child to have one last wee before they go to sleep.

Managing bedwetting in older children

As your child gets older, the emotional impact of bedwetting can increase. Nocturnal enuresis can cause older children to feel there is something wrong with them, so it’s important you support your child and ensure they know they’re not alone.

Older children often wonder why they are wetting the bed or are worried it might interfere with their school lives. Involve your child in conversations about the best way to manage their bedwetting, so they can feel independent and a part of the decision-making.

Seeking medical advice

If you, or your teenager, are concerned about bedwetting, you can seek medical advice. Make an appointment with your doctor or school nurse to rule out any medical conditions and get guidance on how to proceed.

In some cases, your doctor may prescribe anti-diuretic medication (available as a tablet or a melt to put under the tongue). This can be useful in some situations, like when a child spends the night away from home, however, they do not work for every child and are only a temporary solution.

How DryNites® can help

Bedwetting is common and something many children experience. As your child learns to stay dry at night, you can support them with a product, like DryNites® pyjama pants. DryNites® keep your child dry and protected, allowing them to enjoy a good night’s sleep, worry-free.