Do you have an older child that is potty trained but still wets the bed and you can’t figure out why?

Rule Out Medical Reasons
If you haven’t already, take your son or daughter to their pediatrician to rule out any medical reason why they are still wetting the bed. You never know, it could be just a simple fix.

So It’s Not Medical, Now What? Could It Be ADHD?
So you’ve taken your child to the doctor and you’ve ruled out any medical reason, so what now? Does you child have ADHD? If so, that could be the culprit. Whether diagnosed or not, a high percentage of older bed wetting children have ADHD. Some ADHD kids, though not all, have a hard time turning off or tuning out the noise and busyness in their heads. Consequently some kids, more so boys than girls, sleep more heavily and don’t wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. That’s okay. Some kids have been known to wet the bed way into their teen years.

Solutions
It’s important to be understanding and not berate your child for wetting the bed. They will eventually grow out of it. So you can change your child’s sheets every night and keep a plastic mattress cover on the mattress, if you like, but that’s a lot of work and a lot of lost sleep. Or you can keep them in GoodNites, the older version of pull-ups and made by Huggies. As long as you can afford it, this is the way to go. Along the way, you should get in the habit of waking your child up to use the bathroom whenever you get up to use it in the middle of the night. Another good idea is to not let them drink anything for at least an hour before bedtime and to use the bathroom right before going to sleep for the night.

 

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