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How to Help a Bed Wetter

Learn how to help a bed wetter in this Howcast video featuring potty training specialist Ashley Hickey.


Let's talk about how to deal with bed-wetting with your child. First of all, you want to determine if there is a family history of bed-wetting. If so, then you want to speak to your pediatrician regarding that. You can also use some of the following tips to help your bed wetter. When you start potty training, remember your child is going through wearing underwear full time. So, if you are concerned that your child is going to have an accident at nighttime, you can allow him to wear underwear but, put a diaper over the underwear so that, he doesn't soak the bed if he does have an accident. You want to limit his drinks in the evening. I recommend that you only give him drinks at diner and not after that.

You also want to make sure that he fully empty's his bladder before he goes to bed and then, if there's a fear of the dark, you can consider giving him a lantern or a special flash light that he can use to walk to the potty in the middle of the night. You can also consider using a training potty in his room. You can put it next to his bed so he doesn't even have to get up in the middle of the night and leave the room in the middle of the night. He can just use the potty next to his bed. Some parents have found success getting their child up before they go to bed. For instance, if your child goes to bed at 7 and you don't go to bed until 11, then you can take your child to the potty before you go to bed.

If your child is a light sleeper or has trouble getting back to sleep, I wouldn't suggest it. But, some parents have had success getting their child up, having them go pee and they go right back to sleep. You also want to motivate your child to stay dry at night. He can get a special reward such as ice cream for breakfast or special kids show when he wakes up if he has dry underwear when he wakes up. And, those are some ways that you can help your child overcome bed-wetting.

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