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Treating nighttime bedwetting needs to be personalized. Unfortunately, we do not fully understand why each child wets his bed. It may be that his bladder is not yet fully developed to hold urine all night or, perhaps he may not always be able to recognize when his bladder is full. Sometimes having your son avoid drinking lots of liquids before bed, particularly those with caffeine, like soda or chocolate milk, can help. Also, be sure he always goes to the bathroom just before he goes to sleep. Waking up your child to urinate before you go to bed may also work, but getting up in the middle of the night is not usually successful, as you have already found out. I would also recommend using a rubber or plastic cover between the sheets and mattress to protect the bed from getting wet.
A reader passed on an interesting home remedy for her eight-year-old boy, whose bed-wetting resolved with a teaspoon of honey given in the evening. There is often a strong family history of bed-wetting. Nocturnal enuresis is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, namely underdeveloped arousal response to a full bladder, excess urine production during sleep and reduced functional bladder capacity.