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Does drinking liquids before bed cause bed-wetting?

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The reason your child wets the bed is not just because there is too much liquid in the bladder. Think of it this way -- even if you drank a gallon of water before bed, you’d wake up to empty your bladder rather than wetting the bed.

Nonetheless, limiting the amount of liquid your child drinks before going to sleep makes common sense because it will delay the filling of the bladder and give your child some extra time before bed-wetting occurs. This added time could give your child more of a chance to wake up before wetting the bed.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Bedwetting," "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis."

Familydoctor.org: "Enuresis (Bed-wetting)."

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor, director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Alpert Medical School.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Bedwetting."

WebMD Medical Reference: “ .” Diet, Drugs, and Urinary Incontinence Symptoms

Johnson, M. , December 1998. Urologic Nursing

Egger, J. , May 1992. Clinical Pediatrics

University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: "Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Bedwetting," "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis."

Familydoctor.org: "Enuresis (Bed-wetting)."

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor, director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Alpert Medical School.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Bedwetting."

WebMD Medical Reference: “ .” Diet, Drugs, and Urinary Incontinence Symptoms

Johnson, M. , December 1998. Urologic Nursing

Egger, J. , May 1992. Clinical Pediatrics

University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: "Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

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