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7 Ways to End Bedwetting

7 Ways to End Bedwetting

Bedwetting is a common problem for school-age children, usually caused by factors such genetics, bladder capacity and control, deep sleeping, constipation and hormones. Though bedwetting usually resolves on its own eventually, parents often seek solutions in order to end the embarrassment, anxiety and inconvenience that often accompany the problem. Here to the rescue are seven mom-recommended strategies for curbing bedwetting in children.

1. Bedwetting Alarms

A bedwetting alarm, which makes a noise when it senses moisture, is one of the top bedwetting cures for children. How does it work? Jennifer H. explains: “The alarm trains the child’s brain to associate the feeling of needing to urinate with waking up: As they start to pee, the alarm wakes them up, so they automatically stop peeing and get up to go to the bathroom. As this happens every night the body and brain become trained to wake up when the sensation happens.”

2. Bladder-Strengthening Exercises

Exercises that strengthen or expand a child’s bladder may help resolve bedwetting. Mother-of-three Lisa M. shared the following advice: “I was told by my doctor when my son was having bed wetting problems to make him hold it for at least 10–20 minutes longer. This helped his bladder to expand so he could get through the night without wetting the bed.” Meanwhile Kristy G., a mother of two children, recommended another bladder strengthening exercise: “When they are going to the bathroom, have them go, then stop for a few seconds, then go again, so that they are gaining control and strengthening the muscles.”


3. Late-Night Bathroom Breaks

Some moms suggest that waking a child up a few times each night can help resolve bedwetting. As Tanya S. shared: “I started waking him up when I was going to bed around 10:30–11:00 and making him go to the toilet. I think it gave him the sense of knowing to wake up and go when he had to. Before too long I would hear him getting up to go on his own. It worked great for us.” Similarly, Hilary T. found the same technique worked on both her daughter and herself: “I was a bedwetter myself as a child, whether I had a drink late or not, so my mum used to wake me up to go to the toilet. My daughter, who is now five, had a problem at one point so I used the same technique on her and it worked.”

4. Medication

“I finally took her to the doctor and he gave her a mild medication,” shared Jaclyn F., whose 7-year-old daughter had a bedwetting problem. “It really worked and she feels so much more confident.” While medications can resolve bedwetting, the bedwetting often begins again when the medication is stopped. Still, many moms say medications are useful for giving older children more confidence and enabling them to attend sleepovers or camps without fear of embarrassment.

5. Chiropractic Care

While the medical communitty hasn't come to a consensus on whether chiropractic care can help bedwetting, some Circle of Moms members did find that chiropractors resolved their children’s bedwetting problems, and encouraged others to give it a shot. “Try a chiropractor,” suggests Amanda M. “There was a time when my son was wetting the bed a lot and it was something to do with a nerve that was pinched and not telling his brain he had to go. It really worked well, and we never had any problems after that.”

6. Limit Evening and Nighttime Fluids

Although some argue that limiting fluids before bed isn’t an effective bedwetting cure, moms like Lianne A. assert that eliminating liquids at night does help some children get over bedwetting: “I found that when I didn’t let my son eat or drink after six, he would not have accidents.”

7. Natural Remedies

Some moms rave about the success of simple, natural remedies for bedwetting. Amy B. suggested cranberry juice, which is said to suppress urination, while Laura L. found a handful of raisins and walnuts (3 tbsp. of raisins and 1 walnut) before bed was successful: “I swear, it worked from the very first night.”

If All Else Fails...

Be patient. In the end, you may have to simply stay positive and encouraging as you wait for your child to grow out of bedwetting.

Looking for more bedtime advice? Got a great tip we missed?

Circle of Moms is packed with conversations on all kinds of nighttime topics, from co-sleeping and the Cry-It-Out method to todder beds and the drop-side crib ban. Ask advice of other moms with babies, toddlers, or school-age kids, or discuss hot parenting topics in debating communities.

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meganelizabeth56747 meganelizabeth56747 2 years

I remember so well how frustrating and helpless I felt to help my son stop wetting the bed. He wet every single night until he was 8 years old. He just used pull ups when he was younger. I kept a no big deal attitude. When he reached age 8 the bedwetting began to lower his self esteem. He worried that his friends would find out and he want to go to sleepovers. So I talked with him about using a bedwetting alarm and we read the book Prince Bravery and Grace-Attack of the Wet Knights. He wanted to try the alarm. I purchased the malem with alarm and vibration. He slept right through it at first -which is typical of a child who wets at night. Typically the childs brain does not recognize the full bladder signal while sleeping. The alarm trains the brain to react to the full bladder signal. So I would wake him. Sometimes several times in one night. But gradually he began to wake by himself. And in less than three months he went from wet every single night to dry every single night. I found a lot of positive information about bedwetting and alarm use at
Also new medical studies have linked constipation to bedwetting, don’t overlook this as a contributing factor. Ask you pediatrician to treat your child for constipation and see if this helps. If not, I would strongly recommend the bedwetting alarm.
Good luck and God Bless!

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hope it helps!

AmyReynolds38243 AmyReynolds38243 3 years
my 10 yr old nephew has wet the bed for years, my sister tried everything, then manged to hire one of these bed pads/ alarms from the community health centre and within 3 nights he was done no accidents since. when he wet the bed the alarm went off, he had to stop it go to the toilet, get changed, change the sheets and wipe the mat and reset the alarm before going back to sleep. (he had to do it all. mum not allowed to help) it reprogrammed his body worked wonders! recommend to everyone!
apriladams92096 apriladams92096 5 years
I have a 5 yr old and a 11 yr old and I got my 5 yr to stop wetting the bed but then my 11 yr started wetting the bed again so now my 5 yr and 11 yr old both have been wetting the bed I have tried the waking them up in the middle of the nite, limiting their drinks at nite.nothing seems to be working.what can I do
TinaYeagley TinaYeagley 5 years
It definitely is not the child's fault, and I hope any moms out there who think that will stop blaming their child. 2 of my brothers wet the bed into their teens, and my mom did until she was 10. It's an actual physical problem. My 9 year old daughter wets the bed. We used to try to wake her up to go to the bathroom when we'd go to bed, but she is such a deep sleeper that DH would have to lift her down out of her bunk bed to get her to wake up. Now that she's 9 she's too big for him to do that. I don't want to get her an alarm, because I'm afraid it will wake up her sister at night too, and when she wakes up she thinks it's time to get up and eat. My daughter's dr. did suggest not ever having her drink juice in the evenings, she says it's a diuretic. And she said to not have her eat too close to bedtime, because when the digestive process starts it triggers the bladder too. We'll see how these things work. For now she just wears disposable underwear every night to bed, which works for all of us.
TamicaBastin TamicaBastin 5 years
These are good ideas that I will try. My daughter will be 7 in January, she doesn't wet the bed every night, but sometimes in spurts she will. She had Vesicoureteral Reflux and had surgery to correct it 2 years ago. However, she holds it so long even during the day that she'll dribble her pants. She does the "pee pee dance" often because she does want to stop and go to the bathroom. Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop that one?! She will still sometimes get UTI's even though she doesn't reflux anymore because she will not quit holding it so long. I've tried reminding her of discomfort from UTI's and that she can come back to what she was doing and nothing seems to work. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
JoyBongyereire JoyBongyereire 6 years
Wow! I hope this will help Isaiah and Lindsay to stop wetting their bed every night. Thanks
KathyMaichl KathyMaichl 6 years
We bought this alarm that you wear at night and wakes you up if you potty in the bed. It took 2 months but it worked. Our pediatrician recommended it.
AshleyHasbrook AshleyHasbrook 6 years
Ok, my 5 year old son has been potty trained since he was two and a half with accidents only when we were not near a toilet and so he didn't make it in time. Never during the night would he have an accident until about a week ago. It's not a lot but enough to smell and notice. Why 2 and a half years later is it happening?
AngieCousins38198 AngieCousins38198 6 years
I like this article, I was a bedwetter right up until 12 years old. I read on a website that sometimes in bedwetter's the button for stopping urine production at night does not turn off. So just be patient and calm. The website is the following: -
MoniqueFarmer MoniqueFarmer 6 years
I totally agree on the methods of what all the parents has done. I've always done different things through the years of potty training my children. Two of my children were stuborn potty trainers one would go only to do the number 2, and the other child just wouldn't go at night only to say I couldn't go I was sleepy, to stop that from happening I cut off her drinking time after dinner and sent her to bed. The child who would only go to do number 2 I had to trick him and say that the flys are goin to eat your behind if you don't go and then instead of pull up and pampers I put the cotton underwear onso that when he would soil them he would really feel the yuckiness and he started goin to the bathroom after that. I hope this helps someone else.
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