With the school year starting back up, many parents are concerned about daytime wetting.

Kids can get so caught up in what they’re doing that they’ll delay going to the bathroom or not even realize they need to go until it’s too late. It’s humiliating for the child and not much fun for the parent either. But if your kid is having frequent daytime “accidents,” there are a few simple steps you can take to help him or her overcome the problem.

Rule Out or Identify Medical Causes

Occasionally, daytime wetting will be caused by a medical condition. It’s important to rule this out or identify the cause so it can be dealt with. Talk to a licensed healthcare provider and watch out for symptoms such as: blood in urine, abdominal pain and genital pain. The most common medical condition that causes daytime wetting is constipation. But it can also be caused by more serious issues such as urinary tract infections or juvenile diabetes.

Rule Out or Identify Stress Triggers

If medical causes have been ruled out, look for stress triggers. Children may be stressed or anxious even if they act at ease. Common stress triggers for children include moving, going to a new school and family changes such as parents divorcing or the addition of a new sibling.

Once the trigger has been identified, see if you can make your child feel better about it. For example, if you’ve just moved to a new city your child may be nervous about making new friends or learning a new routine for day-to-day life. Assure your kid that these feelings are completely normal and that before long they’ll get used to the new place. If you can, talk to local parents and try to arrange a play date for your child. If stress was the cause of daytime wetting, reducing stress should reduce any accidents.

Timed Voiding

Often enough, the situation isn’t medical or stress related, and that’s a good thing. Most likely, this just means that your child isn’t remembering to go to the bathroom often enough. The best way to solve this is through a timed voiding program. Timed voiding simply means that your child will use the restroom at set intervals or at specific times throughout the day. This ensures that they won’t wait to urinate until it’s too late. For many kids, a vibrating watch is the best way to implement a timed voiding program. Most vibratory watches can be set to go off at certain intervals or at specific times throughout the day. The vibration will provide a discreet reminder for your child that they need to use the bathroom.

Whatever the cause of daytime wetting may be, the most important thing to remember is to talk to your child and work with them to solve the problem.

This will give them a sense of control and responsibility and make the situation easier on everyone.

Austin Sheeley is a passionate writer who spends his time researching and blogging about pediatric health issues such as enuresis and daytime wetting. He is also a content contributor for BedWettingStore.com.