Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

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Q Our 5-year-old has been potty trained since he was 3, but he's suddenly started to wet the bed at night. What could it be?

A: When a child starts wetting his bed after months of dry nights, it's likely that some upsetting event in his life is triggering this behavior. A child's daytime anxieties can subconsciously replay at night and interfere with his usual sleep patterns, so his brain and bladder don't communicate their usual "stay dry" messages. To help him through this:

Take inventory of his daytime activities. Try to identify what's new and possibly disrupting in his life, such as a move, a new school or a change in family routine or a parent's work schedule.

Once youVe identified the possible cause, try to change the upsetting daytime events or at least help your child adjust to them (making extra time to be with him if your schedule's changed, for example).

Send your child off to bed with peaceful nighttime rituals, such as a warm bath, a favorite book or some soothing music or a lullaby from you. If he's able to slow down his mind and body before bedtime, he'll be more relaxed and less fatigued, and that can lead to more bladder control at night. …

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