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Battling Bedwetting

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You've finally (finally!) made it through potty training and are (mostly!) accident-free during the day. So why is your little one still wetting the bed most nights? Night-time bedwetting is common, especially for kids under the age of five. And the good news is, medically speaking, it is typically not a big deal. In fact, bedwetting almost always resolves itself as a child gets older. What can you do to ease the night-time blues?

Stay positive. Bedwetting is frustrating for children and parents, but getting angry and upset will only result in more anger and frustration. Remember bedwetting is not your child's fault. Take a deep breath and move on.

No drinks after dinner. Bedwetting is often caused by the one-two punch of a small bladder and heavier than normal sleeping. Limiting liquids after dinner may help resolve the first issue. If your child is thirsty before bed, give him ice chips instead of a large glass of water. And make sure he goes to the bathroom right before bed.

Limit sugar. Sugary food and drinks can stimulate a sensitive bladder. Avoid caffeine completely, which can make matters even worse.

Use a bladder alarm. Kids can wear small alarms to alert them when they start wetting the bed. The alarm will sound to wake them up in time so they can go to the bathroom and finish emptying their bladder.

Focus on fiber. Some studies have shown that constipation can contribute to bedwetting. If your child isn't having a bowel movement every day, she could be constipated - make sure she eats plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans and stays well hydrated throughout the day.

Incentivize! Small rewards and treats can work wonders during potty training by helping to build confidence. Sometimes those incentives can work for bedwetting as well.