Aah, Wednesday. Here I am daydreaming of white sand beaches and endless amounts of refreshing cocktails while trying to budget the cost to get my entire family on a Mediterranean Cruise for the holidays all whilst robotically folding the stacks on stacks of laundry that have accumulated in only less than 48hours. Most of which were large, bulky items like bedsheets, blankets and comforters. The culprit for the influx of soiled bedding is less than 40 inches, eats like a teenage boy and is too ridiculously cute to reprimand.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, my son (who just turned 4) had a couple of not-so-good nights by wetting the bed. It’s been a good few weeks since he’s had an accident at night and I made sure he wasn’t drinking so much before bed so I’m assuming that there’s certainly more to it than meets the eye.
Typically Nighttime wetting occurs when:
- The brain and bladder don’t send the signals needed to wake up the go pee
- The bladder is not mature enough to hold urine overnight
- The bladder overproduces urine in the evening or during sleep
Over time, as the bladder grows, the muscles strengthen and neurological connections develop, nighttime wetting most often resolves on its own.
Thankfully my son has bypassed that stage where we would have issues with him wetting the bed every night as he went through his potty-training stage but there are still a few nights that he does have the occasional accident. Was this normal? I wondered.
I received a few great tips from Michele Kambolis, Child and Family Therapist courtesy of GoodNites with answers to a few FAQ’s us mothers had.
How common is nighttime wetting?
Nighttime wetting is more common thank you think! In fact:
- Up to 15% of 5 year olds and 8% of 8 year olds experience nighttime wetting
- Nighttime wetting occurs more often in boys than girls (This I can attest to having a girl and boy as I noticed this huge difference!)
- Theres a 77% chance that a child will wet the bed if both parents did as a child (another thing that is true for us as my husband has this issue as a little boy)
- While children generally achieve sone level of nighttime dryness by about four years of age, accidents happen even into puberty
Phew. I’m not going to lie and tell you I wasn’t a tad concerned at times. So when should parents being to worry about their child’s nighttime wetting?
While there are some medical conditions that can contribute to nighttime wetting, most children who wet the bed do not have any sort of medical problem. If a child’s nighttime wetting occurs past age 7, consult with your family doctor to ensure there are no medical-related factors.
From my personal experience, minimizing the amount of liquids my son had before bed, ensuring his bedtime routine included using the toilet prior to getting into bed and reminding him that he’s a big boy and not to hesitate going to the toilet at night helped a lot. I also kept a night light on in the hallway leading up to the bathroom from his room so he wasn’t afraid to walk over there on his own.
What tools can help children cope with nighttime wetting?
The best thing you can do for your child is to create a plan for success:
- Be Supportive: Find ways to talk about nighttime wetting to eliminate the ‘secrecy’
- Fluid Monitoring: Help children focus on hydrating in the day and quenching thirst at night
- Routine Development: Encourage regular bathroom visits to minimize holding urine
- Maximize Comfort Overnight: Use absorbent products designed to help children sleep easy and stay dry, such as GoodNites® TRU-FIT Underwear, GoodNites® Bed Mats or GoodNites® Bedtime Pants.
Sadly I didn’t have any GoodNites® products handy the past 48 hours but I know better now! I will certainly be stocking up (just in case!) and hopefully can daydream about a beach-side vacay with a cup of warm coffee on the patio instead of inside the laundry room, right?
For more nighttime wetting answers, information and advice to help you rest easy tonight, visit http://www.goodnites.com. And don’t forget to check your local retailer for in-store deals.
Do you or did you have any children that had some nighttime wetting? What are your tips to help rest easy? I’d love to hear them!