How to Stop Bed Wetting in Children | Home Remedies for Bed Wetting

What is Bed Wetting?

By around age 4, children start gaining control over bladder and stop urinating in their bed at night (and stay dry). But in some even beyond the age of 5, control is not developed, especially in boys and leads to bed-wetting.

Symptoms of Bed Wetting

  • Even beyond the age of 5-6 years involuntary loss of nighttime bladder control.

Causes of Bed Wetting

  • Psychological factors are rarely responsible for persistent bed-wetting.
  • Deficiency of the hormone ‘┼ôvasopressin’┬Ł, that regulates flow of urine between the kidneys and bladder and genetic component can be one of the causes of bedwetting
  • Urinary tract infections, diabetes, epilepsy, kidney problems, unusually small bladder, mental retardation and developmental disorders maybe the physical causes.

Home remedies to stop Bed Wetting

  1. During the day, let your children hold the urine for a long time. This will encourage bladder control.
  2. Plenty of fluid in-take during the day and only small quantities when required at night.
  3. Involve your child in daily activities like arranging bed, laundering the sheets.
  4. Diapers should be used only till the age of four. Nighttimes make children wear extra thick pairs of underwear to absorb the urine. Arrange a plastic cover on their bedding topped with 2 sets of sheets, with a rubber pad between them.
  5. Before going to bed, get the child to empty his bladder to the maximum.

How can one prevent Bed Wetting

  • Encourage the child to get up to urinate, even several hours after bedtime.
  • Do not scold your child for bed-wetting. Convince him that the condition can be overcome gradually.
  • Praise your child for dry nights and reward him/her.

20 Comments

  1. Anonymous said:

    My son is now 8 yrs. recently he started to bed wet (since last one month) initially he used to get up from his sleep to go to the loo even if he is in deep sleep. Pls help hope this is nothing psychological.

    December 7, 2009
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    • Salina said:

      Follow these guidelines to ensure that your child stops wetting his bed.

      – Keep him from drinking water, about, 2 hours before bed time. Have an early dinner, and ascertain that he doesn’t consume any fluids after that.
      – Set a specific time, say 3 to 4 hours after he has gone to bed, and wake him up at that hour to take him to the cloak room. Follow this practice for at least 2 weeks.

      You say, he has started wetting the bed recently. How recently?
      Was he ever wetting the bed earlier?
      Has there been any form of emotional disturbance at home or at school? Since he this is not a case of bed wetting out of habit, there could be an underlying psychological cause.

      Some of the Homoeopathy remedies that may help fight bet wetting are:

      Kali-Phos 6X, 5 pills, 5 times a day for 2 weeks. This remedy works therapeutically on the nervous system and urinary control, bringing the required response without any side effects.
      It would be beneficial if you could ascertain the cause and follow up after 2 weeks.

      December 18, 2009
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  2. PUP said:

    Bed wetting is also called nocturnal enuresis. Children below the age group of 3 years may have a habit, and are known to wet the bed at night involuntarily. It is due to the slow development of the bladder function.
    It is also influenced genetically; bed wetting runs strongly in families. Other contributory factors are stress, urinary tract infection, anxiety, and constipation.
    Loss of bladder control during day has to be seriously treated for the underlying cause.
    The best way to treat, is to train your child, this is done by regular emptying of the bladder before going to the bed.
    In most cases bed wetting improves without treatment, if it persists after the age of 8 to 9 years of you have to take the medical help of the doctor.

    April 2, 2010
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  3. PS said:

    My Daughter is 8 years old and she wets the bed every night invariably. We ensure that she does not consume much water in night, but she manages to wet the bed. She is a single child, please let us if she could be affected psychologically.

    April 26, 2010
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  4. A J said:

    My son is 6 years old and has been operated for hernia on both the sides one operation was done at the age of three and another was dine at the age of four. He has no stress on him. He has been doing urine before sleeping but still has been bedwetting. What might be the reason? Is it that his bladder is unable to control the urine? Please let me know.

    July 28, 2010
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  5. qs said:

    My daughter is 4 year old now she started bed wetting since last four month, I think may 2005. Before that she did not. She did only in the night. During day time she would tell us when she wanted to urinate. She is ok at school too. How do I get her to stop bed wetting?

    October 21, 2010
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    • Health Informer said:

      Get up at regular intervals and take her to urinate. Find out what time you can do this daily and the frequency. Avoid giving a lot of fluids a few hours before bedtime. Once you make it a habit to get up at night to go urinate, she will do it herself. Will take some time, but you must practice this exercise strictly to cure her going in bed.

      October 23, 2010
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  6. A N said:

    My daughter is 6 years old and has been bed wetting since she was a child. My son who is 10 years old never had this problem after 2 years. I’m very worried. Should I take her to the doctor or this can be treated at home. She even wets her pants sometimes during the day.

    December 3, 2010
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  7. B H said:

    My daughter is 11 years old .she is wetting the bed every day. Sometime she will be very kind and smiley. Some time she will be very anger, never adjusted with her friends also. Please give me some remedy.

    January 27, 2011
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  8. MY said:

    My four years old daughter has recently started bed wetting, in morning as well as in night times. She was fine when she was 3 years and going to school but from last month she has started urinating in her pants. We have done her urine routine and culture and there was no infection. She goes to toilet before going to bed and still does bedwetting. Please suggest some remedy.

    June 28, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      There are many possible problems linked with bed wetting. It can be a medical problem, emotional problem, problem related to family or immature bladder. Several homeopathic remedies have been found to be useful, such as Equisetum, Kreosotum, Acid phos, Staphysagria, etc. Since homeopathy believes in individualization, it is necessary for you to consult your child to a good homeopath.

      June 28, 2012
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  9. HM said:

    My son is 13 years old, but still he is having bed wetting problem. Kindly suggest how to solve.

    August 26, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      I would like to know some of the facts. Since how many years this problem is persisting. Has he been to a doctor during these years? There are medical reasons for bed wetting in a child. A small bladder, deep sleep etc are few to name. Besides, at this age psychological reasons should be ruled out. If that is present it needs to be addressed by a psychologist.

      August 27, 2012
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  10. Vivian said:

    My son is 10 and has been bed wetting ever since he was a baby. I have tried all methods, reducing fluid intake, waking him up several times, yet he manages to wet the bed. What else can I do? Where can I get corn silk tab. I have heard it can stop bed wetting.

    September 13, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      I do not know more about cornsilk tabs, but it can be ordered from online stores. Homeopathy is found to be effective treatment for nocturnal enuresis or bed wetting as it is called. Try to find a good homeopath around your place and consult him.

      September 14, 2012
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  11. SS said:

    My age is 13 but still I am bed wetting. Is there any remedy to overcome this problem? I feel ashamed as I have grown up.

    September 20, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Do not get depressed as bedwetting is not long lasting. With time, it will reduce and completely stop at some point of time. You should reduce the fluid intake in evening hours. Also consult your doctor to find if there is any neurological cause. Regular toilet practice will help to eliminate your problem fast.

      September 21, 2012
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  12. sk said:

    I have an elder son aged 10yrs and twin sons aged 9yrs.Three of them wet the bed while sleeping, whether it is day or night. I have tried homeopathic medicine but results are not rewarding. Doctor advised me to give them a dose of deworming tablet. He also prescribed tab tryptomer daily. Tryptomer was given for one month. Bed wetting has decreased but it has not stopped completely. Now I doubt if I should continue this medicine, will there be any side effects? Please guide me as winters are advancing and chances of bed wetting will increase.

    October 19, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Usually bedwetting after 10 years becomes less and disappears completely. However, sometimes it may persist for few more years. As you have tried all treatment, I would suggest you to keep patience and wait for some time. Meanwhile you should make them to follow proper bladder habits. This includes emptying the bladder just before going to bed. Also avoiding drinking liquids one or two hours before sleeping will help to lessen the chance of bed wetting. As for tab tryptomer, you should ask your doctor. You can continue giving them homeopathic medicines as there are least side effects.

      October 19, 2012
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