Night Time Dryness

Night Toilet Training, Potty Training At Night

Night Toilet Training, Potty Training at Night, is dependent on the physical maturity of the child’s body. This stage is usually tackled after the child is dry in the day.  Once day time training has been mastered you are ready to think about night time potty training.  You may find your child no longer wants to wear a nappy at night, or they may start waking and asking to go to the toilet in the night.  These are signs that you may be ready to try night time training.  Other signs to look for are a pattern of dry nappies, slightly damp nappies or warm nappies.

Accidents at night are normal but very frustrating but try to keep calm and positive with your child. Being prepared with spare pyjamas and a change of sheets can ease the stress of bedwetting. See your doctor if you think your child may be suffering from a urinary infection, soiling or if you notice any adverse changes in mood or behaviour.

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Night time dryness is completely different to daytime training and is dependent on the physical maturity of the child’s body.

When to start

Once you have mastered day time potty training you are ready to start thinking about night time potty training. Look out for a pattern of dry nappies, slightly damp nappies or warm nappies (suggesting they have had a wee as they were waking up) as signs that they are learning to hold on through the night.

When you start you may find it useful to put a potty by the bed.  This means your child can easily use the potty if they need to in the middle of the night.  It can also help them in the morning when they first wake up and need a wee.

Night time training

Night time training is dependent on the maturity of the bladder and the production of a hormone that suppresses the production of wee during sleep. Bedwetting is common in children and 20% of 5 year olds still wet the bed.

It’s a good idea to encourage good drinking habits in the daytime, but limit drinks just before bed. Avoid fizzy drinks in the evening and milk may also make bedwetting worse as the protein can result in the production of more urine.

Constipation can be linked to bedwetting, so it’s important to have a healthy diet and to keep well hydrated.

Accidents

Accidents at night are normal but very frustrating but try to keep calm and positive with your child. Sometimes the child appears to have mastered night time training but then starts having accidents again.

Always see your doctor if you think your child may be suffering from a urinary infection, constipation, if soiling occurs, or if you notice any adverse changes in mood or behaviour.

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