No one really knows why potty training is a breeze for some kids and a hassle for others, or why some kids can stay dry through the night and others seem to take so long. The only commonality all these experiences have is that every child is different.
That seems to be little comfort to the parent who has changed sheets and PJs five nights out of seven.
Frustration comes when parents think, “Hey, he’s five years old now, I should be done with diapers,” or “I thought we were done with this potty training thing.” Then you add disrupted sleep patterns from sheet changing and cleaning up and trying to problem-solve when you’re half-asleep.
You have a recipe for negatively impacting your child’s self-esteem and how they — and you — are able to handle the things they face each day.
I was quite surprised to find out how common bedwetting is. “[M]any children do not stay dry at night until age 7.” (1) In addition, the several reasons that it could be happening helped me realize that I didn’t need to panic because my child was five and still wetting the bed.
I’m hoping this information will also set other moms’ minds at ease.
Why does my child wet the bed?
While the exact cause of bedwetting is not known and can vary from child to child, there are several possible reasons:
• Small bladder
• Deep or heavy sleeper
• Learning disabilities that may affect the child’s processing of the sensation of needing to urinate
• Amount of urine produced overnight is too much for your child’s bladder to hold
• Emotional stress
“Bedwetting often runs in families. If both parents wet the bed as children, their child is likely to have the same problem. If only one parent has a history of bedwetting, the child has about a 30 percent chance of having the problem. Some children wet the bed even if neither parent ever did.” (1)
What can I do to help my child stay dry?
There are several things:
• Make sure he/she drinks enough during the day so that he/she’s not thirsty right before bed.
• Avoid sodas, hot chocolate, tea and other caffeinated drinks.