Bedwetting in children who are potty trained is common. Get the information you need to help your child overcome this challenge.
Just when you thought potty training was all over and it was okay to throw away the nighttime pull-ups, suddenly you're faced with wet sheets again. Take heart: This is normal. Many kids abruptly wet the bed a few times after it seems they've achieved nighttime dryness, according to Los Angeles child psychiatrist Charles Sophy, M.D., medical director of the L.A. County Department of Health and Family Services.
When to & When Not to Worry
If your child is physically healthy and has been dry for less than six months, you needn't worry too much about the occasional accident, according to Edward Christophersen, Ph.D. Call your pediatrician if your child suddenly starts wetting the bed after being consistently dry for at least six months, to rule out any physical problem such as a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or a bladder problem.
Other experts don't see a link between stress and bedwetting. "I don't know of a single study that links bedwetting with stress," insists Dr. Christophersen, a well-known expert in the field of enuresis. "Usually, it's more likely that the parents were so hoping for the child to be dry that if he lasts two or three weeks they think the enuresis is cured." Instead, Dr. Christophersen recommends waiting for six months of nighttime dryness before assuming your child is really trained.