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Bedwetting treatments: Diet

Dr. D. Preston Smith
Author Dr. D. Preston Smith
Submitted 12-10-2007

The Potty Trainer

Diet influences many medical conditions and certain foods and drinks may also affect bedwetting. It is very difficult to determine if any particular diet or foods significantly influence the likelihood of a child to wet at night.


Many foods and drinks have been named as contributing to bedwetting. Children with bedwetting and abnormal daytime potty habits should probably not consume caffeine, or other stimulants such as chocolate. Also, children with constipation should limit dairy products, until the constipation is corrected. Carbonation and spicy foods have been suggested to contribute to bedwetting, but there is not enough medical proof to implicate these as being problematic.


Sleep habits and bladder function can be influenced by certain foods. But, since the cause for bedwetting is unknown, diet is not yet considered a main contributor. Altering a child’s diet to help correct bedwetting is reasonable, but suggesting that diet can cure bedwetting is probably far-fetched.


– Dr. D. Preston Smith


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.