How to help children stay dry at night

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How to help children stay dry at night

Carmen Pope

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MARION APPROACHES YOU near the incontinence pads section and asks if you can recommend any products for her eight-year-old son, who still wets the bed most nights of the week. She says this is really embarrassing for him, and he is reluctant to go on camp or have sleepovers with friends. Her husband has told her he used to wet the bed until he was about nine, and that she shouldn’t worry about it as he thinks it’s just because their son sleeps so deeply.

Wetting the bed while asleep (also called nocturnal enuresis) is reasonably common in children and is not usually considered anything to worry about u
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  1. National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Readiness for Toileting Information.
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  1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. How to Help Older Children Overcome Bedwetting. 15 March 2022.
  1. Huggies DryNites. Bedwetting Alarms.
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