Keeping a bedwetting chart
A great way to deal with your child’s bedwetting is to keep a bedwetting chart. These bedwetting charts, or also called bedwetting calendar, help you motivate your child. On top of that it provides your some extra insights in your child’s bedwetting pattern.
By Sam Viconac
Updated February 18, 2020
Keeping a bedwetting chart is the first thing parents should do when their child faces issues with nighttime continence. This provides crucial insights in bedwetting patterns and the severity of the issue.
A bedwetting chart is used to accurately register the intake of fluids and all toilet visits during a couple of weeks. This valuable information is helpful when seeking medical advice so that the health care professional has a better understanding of the child’s patterns.
In this article we tell you all you have to know about keeping a bedwetting chart. Additionally we shared the chart we created below so you can simply download it for your personal use.
What can you keep in a bedwetting chart?
The phrase “knowledge is power” is definitely true when it comes to identifying the potential causes of your child’s bedwetting behavior.
Above all, the higher the quality of information you can provide to your pediatrician, the faster you can start appropriate treatment for your child.
Some information you can track in a bedwetting chart:
- Fluid intake
- Frequency and time of toilet visits
- Frequency of bedwetting
- Amount of urine per toilet visit
- Use of prescription drugs
What comes in has to eventually come out. A good trick for accurate measurements is to make your child drink from cups and bottles that measure how many ounces your child is drinking during the day or before bed.
Because caffeinated and sugary drinks can have negative effects on your child’s bladder, some pediatricians may ask you to write down what type of drinks your child consumes.
Frequency of toilet visits
Your healthcare professional can easily exclude certain causes of bedwetting by having a deeper understanding of your child’s toilet visits. For example, an excessive amount of toilet visits can indicate an overactive bladder.
Unfortunately you are most likely not with your child during the day if they are at school. A tip is to work back with their teacher to help record toilet visit frequency during school hours.
Frequency of bedwetting
Bedwetting is very common. In a bedwetting chart you register how often and at what time bedwetting accidents happen.
In addition to writing down the frequency and time, you can also note the severity of the bedwetting accident. Did your child wake up immediately or has the bladder been fully emptied?
Amount of urine per toilet visit
Even though this is not the most glamorous part of keeping a bedwetting chart, it THE most important. Use a measuring cup to capture the urine so you can accurately record on the chart.
This information shows at what moment of the day your child’s body releases the most urine.
State of mind - Mood
The state of mind of your child has a big impact on bedwetting. As a matter of fact research shows that children who are experiencing emotional situations (ie: divorce, loss, bullying, stress, change of environment) have a significant higher chance of wetting the bed.
If you suspect that your child is going through a rough time at the first signs of bedwetting, be sure to have an open dialogue with them so they feel they can confide in you!
Use of prescription medication
Frequent use of certain medication can result in an increased chance of bedwetting. By registering drugs used in the bedwetting chart, you might see a relation between use and bedwetting.
In any case we always recommend contacting your prescribing pediatrician if your child starts wetting the bed after a new medication is introduced into their system.
Download our free bedwetting chart
We carefully put together a bedwetting chart that meets your pediatrician’s requirements. You can download it by pushing on the button below, or have it sent via email. Don’t worry, we don’t like spam either.