Once your child has achieved daytime dryness you could be forgiven for assuming that night time dryness will quickly follow. But in many cases this is not so...
In fact, one in 12 children still wet the bed at least twice a week at four and a half years of age. Doctors usually don't consider bedwetting to be a problem until a child is at least five years of age, or older.
It's important to remember that your child doesn't wet himself at night on purpose, or because he is lazy. There are several physical and emotional reasons why a child may wet the bed:
Although bedwetting isn't harmful in itself it can be extremely frustrating for parents and children alike.
But you need to be aware of how wetting himself at night affects your child. He may feel discouraged and ashamed, especially if you get angry with him.
This in turn will harm his self-esteem, so try not to make a big deal out of changing his wet sheets and rather than being cross about the accident, explain that it's nothing to worry about and that he will become dry at night when he's grown up a bit more.
It's important to remain positive and supportive since criticism is often counterproductive.
There are no hard and fast rules regarding the best way to treat a persistent bed-wetter, but there are some simple self-help techniques that may help.
If these self-help techniques don't work, then you may want to try a bedwetting alarm.
These are most useful for children aged five years or more; a small sensor device is attached to your child's pyjama bottoms, which detects when your child starts to wet himself and sets off an alarm which wakes him up.
Used over a period of weeks this may help your child recognise when he needs to pee so that he wakes himself up to go the toilet. When your child manages to remain dry for 14 nights in a row the alarm is no longer needed.
Bedwetting alarms don't work for everyone and you may not like the idea. If you do decide to try one ask your doctoror check online to see how they work. Otherwise it's worth shopping around as they vary greatly in price.
Although medication is available, it only helps while it is being taken and it doesn’t speed up the child's natural development of bladder control. Medication is only given under the guidance of a health professional, usually when a child is over the age of five and everything else suggested has failed. In rare cases a child may need to be referred to a specialist.
Bedwetting can be challenging for a parent so it's a good idea to find ways to minimise the effects.