Answers to all your bedwetting concerns

You're not alone. There. This answer ought to put to rest any panic or frustration you're experiencing. In fact, bedwetting is so common it happens in up to 15% of 5-year-old children in Canada.

Now that you can think straight, here's all of the important, practical stuff you need to know when considering the best solutions to help your child enjoy a good night's sleep.

"Why can't we just use a diaper or training pants?"
Simple. Daytime training pants are not designed to handle nighttime bedwetting, especially as children grow. Worse, the leaking, bunching and crinkling that ensues can affect your child's self-esteem.

"How can absorbent underwear actually help?"
In addition to protecting the bed and helping kids who wet the bed get a sound night's sleep, absorbent underwear can help kids maintain confidence until they outgrow bedwetting.

"My child has a latex-allergy. Can he use absorbent underwear?"
Yes. Most absorbent products in the market are available in latex-free options. If you’re not sure you have the right product, always check product labels and ask questions to the seller or floor staff.

"How do I choose the best size in bedwetting underwear?"
Choosing the right size is important to ensure there are no leaks. Brands often have their own sizing chart and fit guide, so refer to product-specific chart when choosing the size. Keep in mind that size usually takes your child’s age, waist size, and weight into consideration.

"Can you wear underwear on top?"
Yes. That said, depending on the product, kids can also wear absorbent underwear as a replacement for underwear. Not all products are designed for nighttime wetting, so check if the product could be used specifically at night.

"What other products are available that help with bedwetting?"
Besides absorbent underwear, there are also many other options you can consider. Bed mats are great especially if your child wets only on occasion. You can easily replace the mats without having to change the entire bed. Some parents try bedwetting alarms. They can be worn like a watch, and they usually have a special sensor that detects moisture in a child’s pajamas. Studies show bedwetting alarms are most effective with children over age 7.

"When does my child need to see a doctor?"
Most children stop bedwetting on their own. Gaining bladder control is a normal part of growth, and children grow at their own pace. Schedule a doctor’s appointment if your child has symptoms such as fever, belly pain or painful urination. In some cases, bedwetting may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

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