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Tips for Managing Bedwetting

Bedwetting is stressful! My daughter is almost 4 and does not stay dry overnight. Luckily there’s a new product on the market called Ninjamas Nighttime Underwear, which we’ll be using if the bedwetting persists as she gets older. With all-night leak protection, we are thankful as it enables more happy and dry mornings! My daughter loves the ninja on the box and likes to pretend to do the karate kick! Pampers is the brand of diapers that I have used for both of my kids, and when they reached out for a partnership, I couldn’t resist. I only partner with brands I love and all opinions are my own. 

Ninjamas are highly absorbent nighttime underwear for kids aged 5-12 and provide all-night leak protection. They contain unique technology to mask urine smells, and look just like children’s underwear, with a 360 degree waistband and QuietCloth Material (so they don’t sound like diapers upon movement). 

Bedwetting is more common than you think!  About 15% of 5 year old children wet the bed and it is twice as common among boys as girls. Fortunately, it resolves spontaneously at a rate of 15% per year. If your child is over 5 years old, I would start by keeping a calendar of wet and dry nights and consider using a sticker chart to reward your child on dry nights. It is also recommended that your child pees 4 to 7 times per day and should try to pee right before bedtime. Avoid high sugar and caffeine drinks, especially in the evening. Restricting fluids around bedtime has also been shown to be helpful for some children! 

If bedwetting persists, I recommend checking in your child’s doctor to rule out medical causes such as constipation. You can also discuss other more involved treatments such as bedwetting alarms and medications if needed. 

Other times to consider seeing your doctor is:

  • if the bedwetting is upsetting your child;
  • if they are having daytime accidents;
  • was dry for several months and then starts bedwetting; and/or 
  • if bedwetting persists with conservative management. 

It is also important to note that constipation and other medical conditions such as sleep apnea and ADHD may contribute to bedwetting.

For more information and helpful tips on how to help your child curb bedwetting, head over to see my recent Q&A session with Baby Center , where I answer some of the top questions and concerns from parents. 

 This post was authored by Stephanie Liu, MD, MSc, CCFP, BHSc

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