. Bedwetting - Manitoba Parent Zone | Healthy Child Manitoba

Mommy! I had an accident!

It can be very tiring and frustrating to have to get up at night to clean and change your child and his bed. But when this happens, try not to complain and do not punish your child. Your child is probably feeling embarrassed, ashamed or guilty for having an accident and he needs to know that accidents happen and it is okay.

By age six most children no longer regularly wet the bed at night. "Bedwetting" is defined as when children wet the bed during the night at least two times per week. Many children over age six still wet the bed occasionally. This might happen because he forgot to go to the bathroom before bedtime or he drank more than usual that evening. Some children may also have accidents because they are in a very deep sleep and do not wake up when their bladders are full. Other children may wet the bed because their bladders haven't finished growing yet.

It is not a good idea to have your child wear diapers during the night if she wets the bed occasionally. Tell your child that it is normal to have accidents and that it does not mean he is a baby or is bad for having had an accident.

If you are concerned about your child or she has started to wet the bed at least two nights a week, contact your health care provider.