Helping your child have a dry night
Filed under: Development/Milestones: Babies
I've always heard that although we can't wait until our child is toilet trained, those occasional wet nights can send us up the wall. What am I doing wrong, you may ask yourself. Because accidents happen, every young child will probably occasionally soil the sheets. There are, however, things parents can do to help their children stay dry through the night. Experts offer these suggestions:
- Make sure your child doesn't drink too much in the evening. Start monitoring and limiting his fluid consumption several hours before he goes to bed. Since caffeine tends to spur urine production, be sure to avoid caffeinated beverages.
- Have your child use the bathroom right before bed every night.
- If bed wetting is consistent, consult your pediatrician to be sure that there's no infection or some other physical cause.
- Reassure your child, and don't be angry with him or punish him.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.