If your toddler is still wet at night, don’t worry, it’s totally normal. So when does it become a problem and what can you do?
It’s not until the age of five that children are expected to no longer wet the bed, according to NICE guidelines. But there are exceptions to this, with a small group of children taking longer. Before that, the main thing to remember is to stay relaxed about any night time accidents. Being anxious about it can make matters worse.
Don’t stress about nappies
Before the age of five, if your child is still wet at night and is happy to keeping wearing a nappy, let him. But if notice that it’s dry in the morning more times than it’s wet, let him try going for a night without one. He may be ready.
Limit bedtime drinks
If your tot goes to bed at seven thirty, it can help to avoid giving him any drinks after his evening meal at around six pm. But if you do take this approach, make sure he has lots to drink during the day – roughly six to seven cups of water a day. You don’t want him to go to bed feeling thirsty, plus drinking enough encourages a healthy bladder.
Don’t punish your tot
If you find your child is taking much longer to be dry at night than his friends or other kids you know, try not to get frustrated with him. Ignore it as much as possible and remember, it’s not his fault – he’s unlikely to have any control over it. Being cross with him can lead to him becoming more anxious about it, which’ll make matters worse.
Reward good behaviour
Don’t just pile on the praise when they do manage to stay dry all night, but also reward behaviour you’ve agreed to try, such as going to the loo before bed, or first thing in the morning.
Every child is different
Bear in mind that girls are often faster off the mark than boys, and light sleepers have an advantage over deep sleepers. Genetics are also thought to play a part – if you or your partner were slow to be dry at night, chances are your child might be too.