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How to Stop Bedwetting: Rewards for Dry Nights continued...

"When he had a successful night, he would pick a prize," Eleanor says. "That worked for a while."

Anything special to the child can be used as a reward, says Robert Mendelson, MD, a Portland, Ore., pediatrician who often counsels parents about bed-wetting issues. Load on the praise, too, he says. "Any time the child is dry in the morning, tell them how great they are," he says. "Congratulate them, tell them, 'You are getting to be a big boy or girl.'"

How to Stop Bedwetting: "Lifting"

Eleanor and Ray also tried a technique called "lifting." This strategy involves making sure your child goes to the bathroom right before his bedtime, and then waking him up after he has been asleep two or three hours and taking him to the toilet.

"We went to two times a night," Eleanor says. "One at 11 and the other at 2:30 a.m. My husband got the 2:30."

Patience won out. "It didn't work immediately," she says. "We did this for over six weeks." Suddenly, one day he didn't wet. And the next, and the next. She doesn't know if it was the lifting or just time. "I think he just grew out it," say Eleanor, who is relieved.

"Lifting can be a helpful temporary measure while you are waiting for kids to get dry on their own," agrees Bennett.

How to Stop Bedwetting: Bladder Training

Helping your child delay urination during the day is another strategy. Using an egg timer, you ask your child to tell you when he has to go, then ask him to hold it for another few minutes. You start with about five minutes and add a couple minutes each time, he says. The goal is to get to 45 minutes.

But this process takes time and you should do it every day, he says. If old enough, a motivated child can do it on his own.