There are many different reasons why babies and toddlers do not sleep
through the night. Feel confident in yourself to know whether your child
is really distressed or just restless. Trust your instincts.
Try to establish a regular night time sleep routine for your child early on
by putting them to bed at a regular time each night. Prepare a warm,
comfortable place for them to relax in. Reading to your child at bedtime
helps them to unwind, and gives you some special time together. If your
child is scared of the dark, try keeping a night light on. Adult beds are
not designed for babies and toddlers and do not conform to safety
standards. Only breastfeeding babies should ever be fed in bed, and if
so, should be positioned on the outside of the bed and returned to the
cot after the feed has finished.
Bedwetting may be stressful for both of you and can wake your child. It
is not easy to know why some children take longer to be dry at night
than others. Try not to lose your patience or punish them, your child is
not doing this on purpose. Children learn at their own pace and praise
and support will help.
Bedwetting can be worrying and frustrating, but it's common
for children to accidentally wet the bed during the night.
Bedwetting is common in young children but it gets less
common as a child gets older, with 1 in 12 children wetting the
bed regularly at four and a half years old (regularly is defined as
at least twice a week). Bedwetting is slightly more common in
boys than girls and usually resolves itself as they get older.
When to see your GP
Bedwetting is only really a problem if it begins to bother the
children or parents. Only rarely will this be considered a
problem in under 5's and medical treatments aren't usually
If your child frequently wets the bed and finds it upsetting, speak to your GP for advice.
Bedwetting could be caused by your child:
Producing more urine than their bladder can cope with.
Having an overactive bladder, meaning it can only hold a
small amount of urine.
Being a very deep sleeper so they don't react to the
signals telling their brain their bladder is full.
Constipation is often associated with bedwetting, especially in children who don't wet themselves every night. Occasionally, bedwetting can be triggered by emotional distress, such as being bullied or moving to a new school.
In rare cases, bedwetting may be the symptom of an underlying health condition, such as type 1 diabetes.
Source: www.nhs.uk/conditions 2016