Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Motivational Therapy for Bed-Wetting
Browse and register for related classes.
Motivational therapy for
bed-wetting uses praise, encouragement, and rewards to help a child gain bladder control. It's about telling children
that they have control of their bodies and encouraging them to take steps that bring about more and more dry nights. For best results, keep a record of your child's progress.
And work with your child to design a reward system (such as a star chart). You know your child. If you think a reward system will help your child, then try it. If you think it may make your child feel worse, then do not use a reward system.
You can reward your child for reaching both big and small goals and tasks. For example, you could reward your child when he or she:
As part of this therapy, it's important to not punish, blame, or embarrass your child for wetting the bed.
Motivational therapy can help
children gain some degree of control over their bed-wetting. But if it doesn't
help your child in 3 to 6 months, think about trying other methods.
This therapy may
involve a series of counseling sessions with a trained professional. During the
sessions, the counselor encourages the child to take responsibility for the
bed-wetting and to be very involved in the treatment. The counselor, parents,
and child decide what reward (praise, stickers, or trinkets) the child will be
given for dry days and/or nights.
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.
Other Works Consulted
National Clinical Guideline Centre (2010). Nocturnal Enuresis: The Management of Bedwetting in Children and Young People. London, UK: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Available online: http://www.guidelines.gov/content.aspx?id=25680.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 19, 2016
Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Share Feedback and Questions
View Quality Data
© 2017 Concord Hospital