What Causes Bed Wetting In Toddlers?
There are many reasons young children (even those who are potty trained) have accidents at night:
- Still Learning to Control Bladder Muscles: Full bladder control can take time.
- Heavy Sleeper: Children who are very deep sleepers may not be able to wake to use the bathroom when needed. Often as they get older they will wet the bed less often.
- Small Bladder: It’s hard for a toddler or preschooler to hold urine all night if s/he has a bladder that fills up more quickly.
- Nervous System Still Growing: Some children may not get the signal that their bladder is full.
- Stress: Stresses like moving or a new sibling can sometimes cause bed wetting as well.
- Severe Constipation: When the bowels are compacted it can cause pressure on the bladder and it’s nerves, increasing bed wetting.
Is Toddler Bed Wetting a Medical Problem?
No. In fact, bed wetting is often not treated by a doctor unless the child is over 7 or if it is greatly affecting the child’s life.
A toddler or preschooler will gain greater control over his/her bladder as he/she ages, and so wetting the bed as a tot is not seen as a medical problem, unless a bladder infection is suspected.
Bed-wetting also has a lot to do with genetics. If you or your toddler’s other parent wet themselves at night as a young child, your child is more likely to have bedtime accidents. If neither parent wet themselves at night growing up, your toddler or preschooler is less likely to have night-time accidents as well.
What Can Be Done To Encourage Night-Time Dryness?
There is no true way to night-time potty train a toddler. Staying dry at night has a lot to do with your child’s physical development, and will often improve as s/he gets older. There is not much that a child can do to prevent toddler bed wetting besides just growing out of it. Luckily, there are things you can do to encourage dryness:
- Limit caffeinated drinks and other forms of caffeine. (Toddlers and preschoolers don’t need these anyway!)
- Have your child go to the bathroom before bed.
- Put a toddler potty in your child’s room at night
- Don’t allow your tot to become overly tired.
- Don’t allow bed wetting to become a stressful thing for your tot. Allowing your tot to wear a pullup or diaper to bed may ease the tension.
- Give the majority of your child’s fluids in the morning and afternoon. By allowing your child to hydrate more during the day, you can taper off the amount s/he drinks an hour or two before bed. (Of course, give drinks when needed)