Constipation, in and of itself, is more of a medical concern than bedwetting. A child who is constipated may have belly pain, poop accidents (encopresis), and other medical problems that warrant attention. Constipation is associated with bedwetting, and needs to be treated along with other potty habit problems.
You should work on daytime potty habits and address constipation when attempting to correct bedwetting. Using a bedwetting alarm (or any other treatment) along with correcting the constipation will be more effective in stopping the bedwetting than strictly addressing the constipation problem alone. There are several ways to address constipation. Usually a comprehensive bowel program is required. Consult your child’s physician if there are any questions.
Diet consisting of increased fiber and fluids will help. Avoidance of large quantities of dairy products and other constipating foods is advised. Usually the use of low-dose laxatives and instructing the child to use the bathroom often are usually necessary. The goal is to correct constipation and prevent relapses. This usually requires using low-dose laxatives for several weeks. Constipation should be addressed in all children, especially those who wet at night.
Dr. Smith is board certified and he has authored or co-authored many articles, papers, chapters, and books in Urology and Pediatric Urology. His research has been presented throughout the world. Dr. Smith’s dedication to helping children with urologic problems inspired him to establish PottyMD.