Signs and Symptoms
Occasional bed-wetting is normal. It may be a problem if:
1. Your child is six or older and seldom stays dry overnight.
2. You, your spouse, or your child are concerned.
What to do now
1. Remind your child to use the bathroom just before bed each night.
2. Limit the amount your child drinks before bedtime.
3. Don’t give your child drinks like colas and teas, that contain caffeine; caffeinated drinks produce more urine.
4. Wake your child to use the toilet again before you go to bed if he or she has been sleeping for more than an hour.
5. Praise your child whenever he or she stays dry. But never scold a child for bed-wetting; you may make the problem worse.
When to call a doctor
1. If your child has painful urination, bloody or very cloudy urine stream; this could signal a bladder infection.
2. If either you or your child feel frustrated and want more help.
How to prevent it
1. Try bladder training: Once a day encourage your child to hold his or her urine for a few minutes past the first sensation of a full bladder. Practice for three months to give the technique a chance to work.