Bedwetting Advice for Parents

The most important bedwetting advice for parents is: IT IS NOT YOUR CHILD’s FAULT.

  • Do not punish or scold your bedwetting child. Constantly reassure your child, especially if your child is upset. You need to be patient and understanding, even though you may feel angry.
  • Do try a night-light. It may be useful for children who often wake up during the night, either to go to the toilet or to change their pajamas.
  • Encourage a good night’s sleep. A restful sleep without interruptions is best for your bedwetting child. Waking your child to go to the toilet during the night will not help solve the problem.
  • Shower or bathe your child before you let them go to pre-school or school. The smell of urine is very strong and can hang around. This may make your child feel embarrassed and lead to other problems, such as teasing and name-calling at school.
  • Encourage your child to have plenty to drink, particularly during the day, but limit the fluid intake at night, after dinner.
  • Discourage your child from drinking caffeinated drinks in the evenings.
  • Use bedwetting mattresses, bedwetting overlays and absorbent briefs. These can be purchased at the Chummie Store.