In this post, we’re going to share some tips for preventing bedwetting in children. Bedwetting is a common problem that can cause a lot of embarrassment and anxiety for kids.

It’s important to remember that it’s not your child’s fault, and there are things you can do to help them stay dry at night. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

What Are the Causes of Bedwetting in Children?

Wetting the bed is a common occurrence in young children, with nearly one-third of kids wetting the bed at some point in their lives. While it can be embarrassing and frustrating for kids, it’s important to remember that it’s not a sign of laziness or bad parenting.

There are a number of reasons why children wet the bed, many of which are beyond a child’s control. For example, some kids may not be able to hold their urine for long periods of time, especially if they’re drinking fluids right before bed. Or, they may have a weak bladder muscle that causes them to leak urine without realizing it.

Other factors that can contribute to bedwetting include constipation, diabetes, and a structural abnormality in the urinary tract. In some rare cases, bedwetting may be a sign of an underlying psychological problem. If you’re concerned about your child’s bedwetting, be sure to speak with your pediatrician.

What Are the Risk Factors for Bedwetting in Children?

There are a few risk factors for bedwetting that you should be aware of.

One of the most common risk factors is genetic disposition. If either parent wet the bed as a child, their child has a 50% chance of doing the same. This is because bedwetting is often caused by an inherited malfunction in the part of the brain that controls urination.

Other common risk factors include urinary tract infections, constipation and emotional stress. If your child experiences any of these issues, be sure to consult with your pediatrician to determine the best course of action.

How Can You Prevent Bedwetting in Children?

One of the best ways to prevent bedwetting is to establish a regular toilet-training routine and stick to it. Most children are able to stay dry during the day after being potty trained, but have trouble retaining bladder control at night. Make sure your child does not drink fluids for two to three hours before bedtime, and help them go to the bathroom right before sleep.

You can also help your child practice relaxation techniques before bed in order to calm the nervous system and promote better sleep. Yoga or reading are great calming activities that can be done before bedtime.

If your child is already experiencing bedwetting, make sure they wake up during the night to use the bathroom. Putting a bell on their door or having them wear an alarm clock that wakes them up can help remind them to use the toilet.

What Are the Treatments for Bedwetting in Children?

If your child is experiencing bedwetting, don’t worry, there are plenty of treatments available to help get things under control.

There are a few different approaches that can be taken, but the most common one is using a bedwetting alarm. This is a wearable device that will wake your child up when they start to wet the bed. Over time, this helps train their body to wake up sooner and retain more bladder control.

Another common treatment is moisture training underwear. This underwear has a built-in absorbent pad that will absorb any moisture and keep the bedding dry. This helps your child become more aware of how much they’re urinating and encourages them to use the bathroom more regularly.

If you’re looking for a more long-term solution, your doctor may also recommend medications such as desmopressin or imipramine.

When Should You Seek Help for Bedwetting in Children?

Most cases of bedwetting in children will resolve on their own, but there are some instances where you should seek help. If your child is over the age of five and is still wetting the bed, this could be a sign of a more serious problem and you should consult with your pediatrician.

If your child has other symptoms such as frequent urination during the day, pain while urinating, or blood in their urine, then it’s definitely time to get help. Bedwetting can also be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as type 2 diabetes or a urinary tract infection, so it’s important to get it checked out.

What Are the Complications of Bedwetting in Children?

There are a few complications that can arise from bedwetting in children. The most common is a lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. Children who wet the bed often feel embarrassed and ashamed, which can lead to social isolation and problems in school.

Other complications can include urinary tract infections, kidney infections, and even sleeping disorders. It’s important to seek help if your child is experiencing any of these issues. A pediatrician can help you find the best solution for your child.


Although bedwetting can be frustrating for everyone involved, it is a common problem that can be prevented. By following these simple tips, you can help your child stay dry at night and avoid any associated embarrassment.


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Lots of Love,

Dr. Ruguru Kimani.