Beating the Bedwetting Blues

Try Physical As Well As Psychological Approaches
"My older son wet his bed for a very long time. I was not giving him a hard time about it. I would just strip his bed in the middle of the night and wash his sheets every day. Two things helped us: 1) My pediatrician told me to limit dairy products to early in the day as they increase urine production. 2) A psychologist told me that I should make him responsible for the cleanup. He should strip the bed and transport all wet stuff to the laundry area, then re-make the bed (not harassing him or making him feel guilty, just having him help get the job done). He was 80% dry in a few weeks."
~ iVillage member Baron5647

A Voice Against Limiting Fluids
"I think limiting a child's intake of fluids after a certain time just makes everyone involved miserable. If a child is thirsty he needs to be able to get a drink without worrying if it will cause him to wet the bed. This problem is not his fault and some of these types of methods seem to instill in children the idea that they wet the bed because they did something wrong. I do agree with limiting the types of drinks your child may have after a certain time, however. I found that if my daughter were allowed any soda pop in the evening, she would definitely wet the bed that night."
~ iVillage member Bzmom23

When All Else Fails
"We tried setting an alarm clock for our son so he would know to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. We told him why we were doing it, told him how to turn it off, and he was excited about the idea because he wanted to stay dry. But then it would go off and he'd either sleep through it, or we would try to wake him and he would be too groggy to actually get up. Bribing and incentives never really worked for us. We just told him -- look, now you're wearing regular underwear, no more pull-ups, do the best you can. We didn't push it. And what do you know, he just started getting up on his own in the middle of the night to go. Now, he's dry in the morning without getting up. He still has accidents occasionally, but we found that the less we nagged, the better he did."

~ iVillage member yolady

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