Shift times for drinking. Increase fluid intake earlier in the day and reduce it later in the day.
Schedule bathroom breaks. Get your child on a regular urination schedule (every two to three hours) and right before bedtime.
Be encouraging. Make your child feel good about progress by consistently rewarding successes.
Eliminate bladder irritants. At night, start by eliminating caffeine (such as chocolate milk and cocoa) and if this doesn’t work, cut citrus juices, artificial flavorings, dyes (especially red) and sweeteners. Many parents don’t realize these can all irritate a child’s bladder.
Avoid thirst overload. If schools allow, give your child a water bottle so they can drink steadily all day. This avoids excessive thirst after school.
Consider if constipation is a factor. Because the rectum is right behind the bladder, difficulties with constipation can present themselves as a bladder problem, especially at night. This affects about one third of children who wet the bed, though children are unlikely to identify or share information about constipation.
Don’t wake children up to urinate. Randomly waking up a child at night and asking him or her to urinate on demand isn’t the answer, either – and will only lead to more sleeplessness and frustration.
Don’t resort to punishment. Getting angry at your child doesn’t help him learn. The process doesn’t need to involve conflict.