A child generally masters daytime toileting before they are able to keep themselves dry at night. Kids gradually learn how to recognize the sensation of a full bladder and start to hold on until a potty or toilet is found.
Most children get day time control by age of 3, the night time control takes a bit longer – girls often accomplish this faster than boys. It is perfectly normal for children as old as four years to be still wetting their beds – and accidents could happen every once in a while for a number of years.
So, when is the right time to start night time training?
There is actually no fixed time to start night time training. It is totally up to you, the parent, to tackle the issue. The child’s phase of development as well as his readiness to participate in the training must also be taken into account.
How to handle night time potty training problems?
Give lots of support
Even when the number of dry nights is low, the child constantly needs your encouragement. The speed at which kids achieve nighttime dryness is different for every child. It often starts with one or two dry nights per week and builds up slowly over several months.
Make sure they have enough water during the day
Encourage your son or daughter to drink a reasonable amount of water in a day. Cutting down on drinks will not help – the bladder has a tendency to adapt to lesser liquid intake and as a result holds less, before the sense of fullness occurs. You can experiment to see if cutting down some specific drinks makes a difference.
Make sure the child is not constipated
Make sure that the child is not constipated, as this can aggravate the bladder and result in frequent urination. A diet high in roughage can help. Foods like whole wheat bread, bran, corn, beans, and fresh vegetables and fruit help in regular bowel movements.
Waking up the child in the night
With this method, you may get lucky and lower the number of wet spots on the bed quickly, but this method will not assist your child to respond to the sensation of a full bladder. If you do lift, it is essential, wherever possible, to keep in mind the following:
1.Make sure your child is fully conscious
2.Wake up in a different time every night
3.Although already wet, it is ideal for the child to use the toilet on his own after the accident.
Give gentle reminders
Gently remind the child to use the potty before bedtime and whenever she wakes up in the night. This will help her remember that she has to go to the potty whenever she notices a full bladder sensation.
Give some incentives
Try giving some incentives like allowing her to watch her favorite cartoon during the breakfast if she is able to keep herself dry during the night. Keep in mind that the awards you give do not create any anxiety as this would work the opposite.
Strategies to avoid
Some methods will only hold off your tries to help your child remain dry at night. Methods to avoid include:
- Do not humiliate, criticize or belittle the child for behaving like a baby. All efforts of the child, no matter how little, should always be praised.
- Do not punish your kid by making them sit in the wet bedding and pajamas or having them to clean their dirty linen. If your little one is anxious, they are less likely to remain dry at night.
- Do not deprive children of fluids at night. Ensure they drink plenty throughout the day, so they are not dehydrated during the night.
- Do not talk about the child’s problem with other people in the child’s presence, since this can make him feel embarrassed and ashamed.