Kids need to develop all three of these bodily functions to stay dry. A delay in any one of them can cause bedwetting.
For kids with ADHD, that development may be slower, or come later. But eventually most kids with ADHD catch up to their peers, and the bedwetting stops.
Still, it’s always a good idea to talk with your child’s doctor if you have any concerns. Sometimes bedwetting can be a sign of other medical issues. (That’s more often the case if it starts suddenly or if a child is also having accidents during the day.)
No matter what the cause of bedwetting is, many kids find it embarrassing and upsetting. It’s important to let kids know that it’s not their fault and that it’s likely to get better over time.
In the meantime, there are a number of things you can do to help.
First, encourage your child to stop drinking about two hours before bedtime and to go to the bathroom right before bedtime. You can also try using a bedwetting alarm to teach your child to wake up at night before wetting the bed.
Sometimes, parents (and kids) aren’t comfortable waiting for the issue to resolve itself on its own. In that case, you might want to ask your doctor about medication that can help with bedwetting.
If kids use this medication, it’s often for specific situations. Those might include sleepovers or sleepaway camp.
While it can help to know that bedwetting doesn’t last forever, it’s common for parents to be upset when it happens. That’s totally understandable. But how you respond can have a big impact on your child, who most likely already feels bad.