How do I begin Toilet Teaching?


Be aware that the occasional bed-wetting of preschool and early school years, and even a later return to bed-wetting, are not the same as persistent enuresis.

Helping Your Child

Helping Your Child, Practically Speaking

• Restrict fluid intake, especially before bedtime. If you haven't ended night bottles, now is probably the time to do so. Kids just drink less from cups! Don't give sweet juices or sodas (especially colas and orange soda, because they contain caffeine), but don't deny a thirsty child a drink of water. Some say that going to bed thirsty just fixes a child's mind on water and increases the chances of nighttime wetting.

• Encourage your child to drink more during the daytime as kids often don't drink enough during the day if they are in daycare and try to make up for it in the evenings.

• Have your child use the toilet just before climbing into bed. Encourage complete voiding of the bladder or have the child go back to the toilet a second time. Or encourage a child to go twice by directing him or her to void at the beginning of the bedtime process and again, just before lights out. Encouraging a child to "push" it all out also helps exercise the muscle that helps hold it all in.

• Make sure the way to the bathroom is lit, even if only with night-lights. Draw a map with your child showing the way from the bed to the bathroom to help form a visual image.

• Invest in an automatic sensor light in the bathroom that comes on automatically when someone enters the room.

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