Self-Awakening for Bed-Wetting
Self-awakening training for bed-wetting involves having the child practice getting out of bed to go to the bathroom. This type of training works well for children older than 6 years of age.
Self-awakening training usually involves one of three techniques:
- Tell the child to lie in bed with eyes closed.
- Have the child pretend that it's the middle of the night and his or her bladder is full and is starting to hurt.
- The child can then pretend that the bladder is trying to wake him or her up. It's saying, "Get up before it's too late."
- Tell the child to get up and run to the bathroom to urinate.
- Encourage the child to practice reminding himself or herself to get up like this during the night.
- At bedtime, have the child lie down and count to 50.
- Have the child go to the bathroom and try to urinate.
- Have the child repeat the steps 10 to 20 times each night.
- Set an alarm clock to go off about 3 to 4 hours after the child goes to bed.
- Place the alarm clock where the child has to get out of bed to turn it off.
Many children with bed-wetting develop complete bladder control using self-awakening training. Self-awakening training works best when both the child and the parents understand the process and are motivated to succeed.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||October 26, 2010|