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Tips to tackle bedwetting

Dr. Gigi Chawla shares what parents can do when their children experience bedwetting.

Gigi Chawla, MD, senior medical director of primary care for Children’s Minnesota, joined WCCO Mid-Morning hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha to share what parents can do when their children haven’t outgrown the bedwetting phase.

Bedwetting is a common problem for kids and can be stressful for parents. Kids can feel embarrassed, so it’s important to let them know that it’s common. More than 5 million kids experience bedwetting on a regular basis.

Parents may want to have a discussion with a pediatrician if their children ages 7 years or older continue to experience bedwetting.

What causes it? It can be genetic or developmental. As kids age and bladder capacity increases, hormonal levels change so they’re able to produce less urine at night. Bedwetting will diminish.

Helpful tips

  • Go to the bathroom before starting the bedtime routine.
  • Go to the bathroom and second time, just before bed.

Is it a sign of a larger health problem?

Bedwetting is rare to be a true health problem. If kids have been dry overnight for six consecutive months and then have a problem, it could be something. The most common health characteristic it’s tied to is constipation.

How do parents talk to kids about it?

Want to make sure parents understand no child wants to wet the bed at night. Set it up to be a positive discussion. One fun suggestion is to include reward charts. Help kids understand it’s something they will outgrow.


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