Some advice on helping families deal with a child’s bedwetting


For the parents of a child struggling with bedwetting, a tug on the pajama sleeve at 3 a.m. is a sure sign that their toddler is soggy once again.

In a new video by Akron Children’s Hospital, Jillian Miller, MD, a pediatrician at the Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics Hudson office, discusses the causes of bedwetting and what parents can do to help their children of all ages stay dry through the night.

Dr. Miller explains that bedwetting is actually very common with 15 percent of children still experiencing a few wet nights until they are 7 years old. Even 1 to 2 percent of teens still wet the bed.

“Bedwetting can be a frustrating thing for parents to deal with and it is also frustrating for the children,” said Dr. Miller. “It is really important to emphasize that the children aren’t doing it on purpose.”

Dr. Miller talks about contributing factors that might lead to a child’s ability to stay dry at night, including genetics, maturation of the spinal cord, the size of the bladder, and the child’s balance of hormones. She also offers ideas on behavioral interventions parents can try, such as limiting fluid intake and insisting upon a final bathroom break right before bed.

“After three to six months of trying behavioral interventions to resolve the bedwetting, a bedwetting alarm can be successful in achieving long term dryness,” said Dr. Miller.

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