Frequently asked bedwetting questions
Is your child over five and still wetting the bed? Or have they been dry for more than six months and started wetting again? You need more than a wing and a prayer for answers, so we looked to the experts for responses.
“What causes bedwetting?”
There are many bedwetting causes. According to experts, often it’s simply a matter of the bladder and the brain not yet making the necessary connection, or an over-active bladder producing too much wee at night. Other times it can be a sign of emotional distress. Occasionally, it can be an indication of an underlying medical issue.
“Should I restrict how much my child drinks after a certain time?”
Medical experts such as the NHS and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence advise that children need to drink around six to eight glasses of water a day to keep their bladder in good shape.
Drinking plenty of water leads to a child understanding what a full bladder feels like, as well as encouraging the bladder to reach its full capacity. If they’ve had plenty to drink during the day, try to tail off drinking about an hour or so before bed.
Choose water and water-based drinks. Fizzy and caffeinated drinks, including sadly hot chocolate, may make bedwetting worse.
Make sure your child stays well-hydrated, drinking between six to eight glasses of water a day.
“Should I wake my child up to wee during the night?”
Amid the misery of constant wet sheets, disrupted sleep and upset children, it’s not surprising that some parents try lifting their child out of bed and taking them to the loo.
According to the NHS and ERIC, though, this is not a strategy that will help long-term as it does not help the child to realise themselves when they need the loo.
“My child won’t go on sleepovers for fear of wetting the bed. What can I do?”
It can be heart-breaking to see your child struggle with fear and embarrassment instead of looking forward to activities such as sleepovers and camping trips.
Try to talk to your child and help them find coping strategies. Using Huggies® DryNites® Pyjama Pants or Huggies® DryNites® Bed Mats might be one suggestion, along with advice about how to discreetly deal with wet PJs and underwear.
As bedwetting can be an embarrassing subject that people don’t relish talking about, a lot of myths surround it. We debunk some of the most persistent misconceptions.
“My child is deliberately wetting the bed”
The NHS, NICE, ERIC – in fact everyone – agrees that bedwetting is not the child’s fault and that they do not choose to wet the bed to be annoying or difficult. It’s important that parents understand this and react with empathy and support in order to help their child overcome bedwetting. Never punish a child for wetting the bed.
“It’s my fault my child is wetting the bed”
There are many causes of bedwetting, but the way you parent is unlikely to be much of a factor. Helping them get through it, however, is something parents can have a very positive impact on.
“Wearing Huggies® DryNites® Pyjama Pants will prolong bedwetting”
It’s not generally believed that protective sleepwear slows a child’s progress towards dry nights. Allowing your child a dry night’s sleep by using Huggies® DryNites® Pyjama Pants can help build their confidence and empower them to manage the issue. When asked, 80% of parents agree that Huggies® DryNites® Pyjama Pants help their children manage bedwetting.
“Bedwetting is caused by my child’s deep sleep”
Children wet the bed because their brain is missing signals from the bladder that it’s full or their body is producing too much wee at night, rather than because they are in a deep sleep. Although they are not able to rouse themselves to go to the loo, bedwetting children are likely to have poorer sleep quality than children who are dry.
A bedwetting solution to suit your child
There’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, but you’ll find more tips and suggestions to help you and your child in How to support your child through bedwetting. Remember, as a parent you’re not expected to have all the answers, and there are support groups to help you and your child on your journey towards dry nights and happy days.