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Bedwetting in children

Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
April 29, 2011

A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.


Bedwetting is a common problem with children. When they are small and young, bedwetting is never considered a problem. Rather it is naturally accepted. But when the child grows from toddler to a kid of 4 to 5 years and the problem still persists, then its time that some measures are taken to stop him from wetting the bed.

Causes of bedwetting

It’s difficult for a mother when such grown up children wet bed. When the baby is small he mostly feeds on milk and fluid and hence his urine does not have any stinking odor. But as the child starts growing up, he binges on all types of food and the urine starts smelling worse. The problem of bed wetting is many times psychological or even due to deficiency of hormones. Some other causes are diabetes, epilepsy, kidney problem, urinary tract infection, unusually small bladder, developmental disorder or mental retardation.

How can you stop bedwetting in children?

The first and foremost thing is to try to understand the reason for bedwetting. If he is suffering from some disease or disorder then such problem of bedwetting can be related to it. But if this is not the case then you should try out some remedies listed here so that you and also your child get rid of this bedwetting problem.


  • During the day ask your child to hold on the urine for some more time. This is necessary to increase the holding strength of the bladder. Sometimes the capacity of a child to hold the urine does not grow as he grows. Such habit regularly can help him increase the stamina of holding urine and in the night too he will stop wetting the bed.
  •  If your child drinks too much of water, let him drink more of it during the day time before the sunset. Ask him to drink little water during the evenings and night. Due to this the body will retain less water and the child won’t wet the bed.
  • Inculcate a habit of going for urination 2 to 3 times before going to bed. This will empty his bladder and reduce the chances of bedwetting.      
  • Wake up your child once in the night to stop him from wetting the bed. Although for this you too will have to get up along with him initially, but once he gets habituated he himself will adjust to the schedule.
  •   Do not scold or demean your child for bedwetting. Rather when he has a wet- less night praise him and also reward him. Some times such problems if are due to psychological pressures, kind gestures and appreciation, help the child get over the bridge.
  • And even after trying all these things, if he still does not stop bedwetting, then you should certainly consult the pediatrician who will definitely guide you in solving this problem.

So, even though bedwetting in children is not a serious problem but when your child has to go to outdoors, he feels ashamed and tries to avoid such outings. So, its better to get it resolved the sooner the better.  



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