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Health Tip: Dealing With Nighttime Accidents

Help your child with bedwetting

(HealthDay News) -- Bedwetting is common among children who are learning to use the potty. Experts say it's important for parents to handle accidents carefully, without embarrassing the child.

The University of Michigan Health System suggests:

  • Be understanding and remain patient. Don't punish your child, and remember that he can't help it.
  • Investigate if there is a family member who also struggled with bed wetting, who could talk to your child.
  • Have your child change his own sheets.
  • Consider a reward system for dry nights.
  • Limit your child's fluids before bed, and encourage a few pre-bed trips to the bathroom.
  • Don't give your child caffeine, especially before bed.
  • Talk to your child's doctor about possible treatments.
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