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  1. Expert: Alyson Schafer
    December 14th, 2009
    My child has been daytime potty trained for two years but still wets the bed most nights. What can I do?

    Night dryness is the last potty training step to develop. There is a hormone known as antidiuretic hormone (ADH) that needs to be produced in order to slow the production of urine during evening sleep cycles. Most children have sufficient ADH to control nighttime bedwetting between ages 2.5 and 4 but it is perfectly normal not to have sufficient ADH until age 7. If your child is under 7, there’s nothing you can do except allow them to wear a nighttime pull-up or use washable sleep pads. Above all, remain positive and do not shame your child. They'll get it eventually.


    Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada's leading parenting experts. She is the best selling author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth (John Wiley and Sons 2006) and Honey, I Wrecked The Kids (John Wiley and Sons 2009). Her popular TV call-in show, The Parenting Show, is now in its fourth season. For more on her principles, rule and tools for parenting visit: