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Bedwetting treatments: Waking the child to urinate and limiting nighttime drinking

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

The Potty Trainer

Drinks should probably be limited several hours before going to bed in all children with bedwetting. The general rule is to stop drinking 2 hours before going to bed. It is usually helpful to wake children in the middle of the night to use the restroom even if they have not yet wet.


Randomly awakening a child will not condition them to wake when she wets, but it may prevent wetting. It can be a frustrating task to wake a child to use the restroom only to have them still wet the bed a few hours later. This is unavoidable in some, but for others waking them to pee will help them be dry.


Limiting nighttime drinks and waking your child to urinate in the middle of the night are simple measures many parents should try to see if dry nights could be achieved.


– 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.