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4 Ways to Help control Nighttime Wetting for Older Children

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Being a parent is hard work. No parent is perfect. We live and learn as we go. Sometimes as parents, we learn from past experiences, extended families, and even friends. When it comes to our children we only want the very best especially when you’re learned how nighttime wetting accidents can occur even with older children. I am here to say, you’re not alone and everything will be just fine.

As a mom of four, I’ve seen my share my bed wetting accidents but with my youngest daughter, I’ve experienced something different. About three months ago, I first noticed her “soiled” bed linen and pajamas tucked in a corner. When I asked her about it she became very sensitive about this issue. She told me that she had an accident the night before and was embarrassed to tell me about it. No big deal in my eyes but for her it was. Days later of the bed wetting accident, she came to me and said Mom, I had another accident last night. This time around, I could feel how heartbroken she was in her voice. It was almost like this bed wetting issue is now a common occurrence. I honestly, slouched in my chair and thought how can I make this better, how can I build up her confidence, what can I do better to remind her of going to the bathroom before bedtime and what am I doing wrong as a parent?

You can only imagine how uneasy it must have been for her not to get a peaceful sleep at night during these occurrences and honestly, I’ve lost sleep about it too!

That is when I decided to try a difference approach. As I sat and thought about my options, I couldn’t help but not think about trying GoodNites® Bedtime Pants that I had seen at CVS the other day while shopping. I had seen a wide variety of styles and characters such as Marvel’s Iron Man, Skateboards for boys and even Disney’s Cinderella  and hearts with butterflies for girls.

That is when I decided to pick up a package and have her try them. When I first told her about them she hesitated. But when I told her that they come in “big” girl styles, sizes, and look and feel like underwear she felt more at ease and was accepting to give them a try.

 

When I sat and had a talk with my daughter, I assured her that the nighttime wetting is only temporary but my main concern was making sure she gets a peaceful night’s sleep. -And with her using GoodNites® Bedtime Pants from CVS, I know she will. As I was talking to my daughter about how these disposable bedtime pants will work and protect her. I also explained to her how they’re designed to protect her from leaks at any sleeping position.  As she was checking the GoodNites® Bedtime Pants out, she told me that she liked how soft the fabric was and how the design of the heart and flower made them look like regular underwear. What I liked about this #1 Nighttime Protection Brand was how super stretchy the sides were on these bedtime pants and the 5 layer protection helps absorb more than other training pants.

Even although bedwetting is common for children ages 4- 12 years old, I still wanted to retrace what my daughter did the day before these accidents so perhaps I can refrain her from doing it again. In which it gave me some peace of mind as well.

One of the things that I’ve been doing lately and it seems to be working is placing a few GoodNites® Bedtime Pants on a shelve near my staircase going up to her bedroom. It helps her and also I to remember before bedtime. I also make sure that they’re eye level which makes them more noticeable and helpful.

 

As parents, we can only imagine how our children feel or what a child goes through when these embarrassing moments happen. So what I do is make it less uncomfortable or stressful for her by including one of her favorite dolls with our new bedtime routine. I try to make it a habit to even show compassion to her doll. Doing so helps her to remember with a) going to the bathroom or b) placing her GoodNites® Bedtime Pants on.  -And at times, she will also place a baby doll diaper on her doll before placing on her own GoodNites® Bedtime Pants.

I’m not expert but if utilizing a doll or a favorite toy helps her remember, I’m all for it as a parent. Not only it helps her remember but I also feel that she does this to know that she is not alone if these bed wetting accidents happen. It allows her to have control and gives her reassurance to rest easy before heading to bed.

 

 

Another way to help is reducing the fluid intake before bedtime. I noticed since limiting her from drinking so close to bedtime has reduced nighttime wetting in half. I believe that when these bed wetting accidents happen it’s because of her being totally exhausted. There have been times that I’ve gone to check on her and she is completely knocked out in her bed. Many of those times, it’s way before her bedtime. I know for myself being physical exhausted is so draining in itself that your body just doesn’t want to move or wake up during the night to go to the bathroom. So that is when and why I feel so confident in knowing that there are products like GoodNites® available to support her or any child that goes through the same thing.

 

So tell me, have you experienced Nighttime Wetting with your children?

What are some of the things that you’ve tried that worked?

Wanna learn more tips and tricks? Click here.

 

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19 Comments

  • Jeanette

    I have a friend who has a little boy that until the age of 9 or 10 he had problems with this. So tell your daughter she is not alone and it will get better.
  • Elayne Frank

    As a mother of 6, I have had more than my fair share of nigh time bed wetting incidents. Cutting off liquids past a certain time, and waking them up in the middle of the night to use the rest have worked well for us. Finally one day they don't need the support anymore and they can do it on their own.
  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    It can be so hard to deal with nighttime wetting in older children, but these are some great tips to help control this issue. These Goodnites pants seem like a fabulous solution that's easy & effective.
  • Jenn

    accidents occur and I know first hand, how a child feels about telling their parents about an accident at night. Your daughter is not alone and I believe there are many many kids who experience this. I do love how these look just like underwear and with Goodnites creating an underpant like this, seems to help the child feel better wearing them
  • Mimi Green

    We had issues with my oldest, we made sure we cut him off from drinking at minimum of an hour before he went to bed. We also had to wake him up in the middle of the night to take him to the bathroom. He was a heavy sleeper and couldn't wake himself up.
  • Jeanine

    Goodnites are really great. We've used them for a few kiddos in the past, and they worked wonders. I always had a weak bladder as a child so I knew my kiddos may possibly need some extra support, and these work great!
  • Shirley Wood

    My daughter has this experience with her daughter and Good Nights are they preferred choice. We know she will eventually grow out of it but she feels embarrassed right now too. So glad we have this product available to make the process easier.
  • Sara

    I am lucky that all my 5 kids have never wet the bed. But, I have ma y friends whose children do have this problem, thank goodness there are products like these to make this event less traumatic.
  • Amanda @ Adorkablii

    Ugh... Bed wetting can be such a difficult thing to handle. I remember growing up there was this girl who was 12 and still had issues. She had a sticker chart and all. Super smart but just couldn't help it. Good Night's is what a friend of mine used until her little one was able to get through it. =)
  • Liz Mays

    I think it's a rare child who doesn't have an instance or several of this. It's a long stretch of time between bedtime and morning. It's good to know there are things like this to help during the transition.
  • Robin Ruehrwein

    Bed wetting is different for every child and I remember talking to a friend that when she was younger wet the bed until she was 7. The doctors couldn't do anything besides tell the parents that she just didn't sense it at night. I love that there are Good Nites to help!
  • Stephanie

    Thanks for sharing this story and your tips! I go through moments with my 6 year old, who rarely wakes up dry, wondering what more I can do to help him with this phase. He gets upset that his older brother and younger sister can stay dry throughout the night and he can't. It can be hard to keep his confidence up sometimes, but he's my happy go lucky kid so we've been very fortunate with his good demeanor about this. I keep letting him know this will pass, limit liquids at night and give over-the-top excited praise when he does wake up dry. (client)

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