Daytime Wetting

Your son certainly has control of his bladder at night and in many other circumstances but is not using the toilet in the day as often as he needs to. You can be assured that his wetting is not due to a urinary tract infection or other disease process.

I’d suggest you put this problem squarely in your son’s court — let him know it’s not OK for him to have wet pants at school or at home, and ask him how he’d like to solve the problem. Let him know you will help him in any way you can, but that being dry is something only he can do. Tell him that it is his responsibility to change his clothes if he wets. Pack a clean pair of jeans and underpants in his backpack and ask him to change at school if he is wet.

Find out about the school bathrooms. Many youngsters don’t like to use the bathrooms at school, which may not have doors or may not be private enough for your son’s comfort. It may be possible for your son to use a more private bathroom in school. You can also arrange with the teacher for your son to have permission to leave class to use the bathroom when he needs to.

You and your son might talk over other possible strategies, like getting him a watch with an alarm that can be set to ring every two hours, reminding him to use the bathroom.

He might like to put stickers on a calendar every day that he is dry, and then receive a special prize or reward for a certain number of dry days.

It won’t be helpful to punish your child for wetting his pants, or to tease or let others tease him about it. If his wetting does not improve in one to two weeks, please call his pediatrician for further advice.

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