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Bedwetting: Answers to Parents’ 6 Top Questions

Common Questions on Bedwetting

Q: What bedwetting product or treatment works best? continued...

Limiting fluids after dinner might also have some benefit. But if your kid is really thirsty, it's not worth it.

Some parents work with the child during the day to help him hold in the urine longer. They may set an egg timer when the child says he has to go and ask him to hold it for another few minutes, starting with five minutes and working up to 45 minutes or so. The theory is it will increase bladder capacity.

Medications are another option. One medication is desmopressin, which reduces the amount of urine produced at night. However, medications only work when they are taken. Once the medication is stopped, the bedwetting comes back.

Although medications have side effects, often they can be used on a short-term basis, such as when your child wants to go on a sleepover.

Q: What else can I do for my bedwetting child?

You can reassure your child that he will eventually grow out of it. No matter how frustrated you are, don't punish your child for bedwetting. Try to normalize the experience for the child; sit down and talk to them. Letting them know they are not the only child with this problem seems to make them feel better, or at least less humiliated.


Reviewed on March 16, 2012

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