You’ve been up night after night searching for bedwetting answers. Stop. Put the phone down, back away from the keyboard — we’ve got you covered. From bedwetting alarms to products like our powerful Ninjamas Nighttime Underwear, there are plenty of tips, tools and tricks that can help parents manage bedtime and make mornings A LOT smoother.
One of the most efficient ways to keep both kids and beds dry are bedwetting pants, or as we like to call them, nighttime underwear. Products like Ninjamas
, are available both online and in stores, and can make conquering bedwetting much, much easier for you and your kid. Ninjamas absorb odor and wetness – while taking the stress out of bedtime by delivering powerful all-night protection that helps kids rest comfortably.
Nighttime underwear like Ninjamas are not made to stop bedwetting from happening, but they will quickly become your go-to sidekick as they can help defend the night (and your family’s sanity) from accidents. They can also give your child much needed confidence and comfort in your battle against bedwetting.
That’s not all the relief that bedwetting pants or nighttime underwear like Ninjamas can provide. They also:
- Look and fit like real underwear, so your kid won’t feel embarrassed about wearing them — comfort for the win!
- Help prevent messy sheets and late-night laundry.
- Help you and your child sleep with peace of mind and wake up feeling NINJAWESOME!
- Can help make the transition to dry nights easier, especially when used together with other tools like bedwetting alarms.
Sometimes it can help to pair a practical solution like nighttime underwear with a touch of technology. Bedwetting alarms (sometimes called moisture alarms) are small devices that clip or link to your kid’s pajamas or bedding. So, if your kid goes, the alarm goes off.
The idea behind a bedwetting alarm is that it alerts kids as soon as the moisture-sensitive pads detect wetness. An alarm sounds and wakes the kid up in time to stop the accident in progress, giving them time to get to the toilet to finish the job. For heavy sleepers, a parent or someone else in the house may need to listen for the alarm to help wake your child. In this case, teamwork literally makes dreams work.
Don’t forget to be patient. Like most things, breaking the bedwetting habit will take time! It may even take one to three months for you to start noticing a difference, and it can take up to four months to reach the dry-night promised land. With tools like Ninjamas Nighttime Underwear and bedwetting alarms at your disposal, the journey to get there will be that much easier.
If you’re at the end of your rope and no other option is working for your kid, then your healthcare provider may recommend bedwetting medication as an option.
Medication can help as a short-term solution to help you and your kid get through an event or period of time. For example, if you’re traveling or if your kid is going to summer camp.
This is how medication as a treatment for bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) can work:
- Slows nighttime urine production. Prescription medication like desmopressin (DDAVP) along with limiting nighttime liquid intake works to reduce urine production at night. Less pee, fewer chances for an accident. It’s simple math.
- Calms the bladder. One of the main causes of bedwetting is a small bladder, so medication like an anticholinergic, such as oxybutynin, could help ease bladder pressure to make for more space. Meds like this are usually the last resort, as they carry more serious side effects.
Some healthcare providers may suggest using a combination of medications, but medications like the ones described here are not a cure: They are a short-term solution. Once your kid stops taking the medication, the bedwetting will likely make a comeback. These are just a couple of examples to give you a taste of what’s out there. As with any prescribed medication, ALWAYS consult your child’s healthcare provider.
Natural Ways to Stop Bedwetting
If meds, alarms and nighttime underwear aren’t your thing and you’re looking for solutions on the natural side, rest easy, there are options for you too. Things like:
- Have your kid drink less right before bed. What goes in must come out. Make that a golden rule of bedtime. Getting enough water is important for our health, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids in the morning and afternoon, but we’d recommend a last call for all liquids long before bed.
- Avoid caffeine. You may need your coffee and soda, but your kid doesn’t. Caffeine stimulates the bladder, so do what you can to keep caffeine off the menu before bed at the very least.
- The before bed bathroom breaks. Make sure your kid uses the bathroom before laying down — try twice if necessary (that’s called double-voiding, try once at the beginning of your night routine and once more at the end.)
- Remind your kid it’s OK to use the toilet at night. Go ahead and squash any anxiety your kid might feel about getting up and using the bathroom during the night. Encourage it, celebrate it, help make it happen. Keep the hallway lights on or install some night lights so they can navigate between the bedroom and the bathroom easily.
- Encourage regular bathroom breaks during the day. If going to the bathroom regularly becomes routine, then it might help it become less of a problem at night or anytime. This will help peeing feel casual to your kid, reducing urgency, stress or that last-minute mad dash to the toilet.