What Doctors say about diapers and bedwetting

Hear some expert opinions about diapers and bedwetting.

"although [night-time diapers] are convenient, at times they may hinder and prolong bed wetting. If your child is potty trained but wears a ....* diaper at night, never having tried a night without them, there may be less incentive to potty train. Achieving nighttime dryness demands connecting their brain with their bladder. If there is a diaper on, there may be less motivation to form this connection."

- Wendy Sue Swanson, MD

"If you are putting your child in a nappy...at night to save on laundry it is unlikely that he or she will become dry while this continues. It is better to do away with the nappy...altogether."

- General Paediatric Enuresis Clinic
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melourne

"The average decadal rise in the habit of bed-wetting has been 15-20%. As on date, however, in about 35% kids it may be attributed to use of diapers. Most of these kids hail from middle and above socio-economic segment and were using diapers."

- Dr MS Ansari
SGPGI

*Proprietary names have been omitted, or replaced by [night-time diapers]
Sources
  • Swanson, Wendy Sue, MD. Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/pull-ups-and-potty-training/
  • General Pediatric Enuresis Clinic. Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Bedwetting/
  • Dr. MS Ansari. "Diapers makes you care-free but hit baby’s toilet training; Over-Dependence Leads To Excessive Bed-Wetting, UTI". Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Diapers-makes-you-care-free-but-hit-babys-toilet-training-Over-Dependence-Leads-To-Excessive-Bed-Wetting-UTI/articleshow/46101461.cms