If your little one is having trouble staying dry at nights, he is not alone. The Continence Foundation of Australia reports that one in five children wet the bed. Most children grow out of it by the age of five, but some will continue having night-time accidents well into their teens, which can take an emotional and psychological toll on both the child and family. To help your child through this time, psychologist Leanne Hall says to:
1 Reassure your child that it’s completely normal, stay calm and praise your child when he has a dry night.
2 Give your child less fluids at night, where possible, and explain that you’re doing this to help them.
3 Have your child go to the toilet right before bed.
4 Leave a soft light on at night so it feels ‘safe’ to go to the toilet.
5 Use overnight pants with high absorption, such as BabyLove SleepyNights Pants (2-4 years, pack of 12), $11.