Special Needs Kids FAQs


The good news is that many special needs children do achieve dry nights: it might just take them longer to get there.  The best place to start is a chat with your child’s doctor or continence advisor, to get some advice on what treatments and strategies would best suit your child.

Read about the experiences of parents of other special needs kids in our Coping with Special Needs and Stories sections.

DryNites® Pyjama Pants not only help kids who wet the bed get a sound night’s sleep, they help them maintain a sense of privacy and self-esteem until they outgrow bed wetting. With DryNites Pyjama Pants, there’s no need to worry about wet sheets and other disruptions in the middle of the night.

Bedwetting is common amongst children with special needs, with there being a higher incidence among children with ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism. In fact, children with ADHD are two to three times more likely to wet the bed and experience challenges with daytime bladder control than other children. They are also more likely to have sleep problems and find it hard to wake up to go to the bathroom when their bladder is full.

As with other milestones like walking, talking and eating without help, children with special needs often take longer to achieve night time bladder control and need more help and encouragement from parents and carers.

Also, it’s thought that many kids who wet the bed have nervous systems that are still developing: their bladder signals the brain that it’s time to go the toilet, but the brain is slow getting the message. This seems to be the case for many kids with special needs, including those with Asperger’s or ADHD. For these kids, the bedwetting often stops when they bodies have fully developed the pathway between brain and bladder.

Yes! Heaps do sooner or later. For many special needs kids and their parents it’s a really big deal achieving dry nights as everyone sleeps better, there’s less work, and the child gets a big boost of confidence and greater independence. So it’s well worth hanging in there and doing everything you can to help your child beat bedwetting.

DryNites® Pants are ideal. They are discreet, comfortable, convenient, highly absorbent and come in sizes to suits kids from two to teenage. A lot of kids with special needs find them easy to put on and take them off by themselves.

As back up, especially for older kids with special needs, a waterproof under-sheet and a mattress protector will help protect bedding.

Some special needs children use DryNites Pants during the day, too. Their high absorbency means your child can go for longer between changes, so they’re great for outings and car journeys. Also, they’re discreet and not visible under clothes.

Nappies and nappy pants offer similar levels of absorbency. Nappy pants are designed to help parents of kids who refuse to lie down for changing. Pull-ups are designing for toilet training: they are less absorbent than nappies and have a wetness liner that provides feedback to the wearer that they have peed – an important indicator in toilet training. Finally, DryNites are for older kids. They are super absorbent, less likely to leak, and are designed to look more like underpants.

Australia has government schemes to help parents and carers of children with special needs to buy incontinence aids, as they may need to use disposable absorbent underwear like DryNites, for a longer time. If you need more advice and support, speak to your family doctor and ask about CAPS – the Continence Aids Payment Scheme.

DryNites® Pyjama Pants are available in three sizes:

  • 2-4 years, 13-20kg (for Boys and Girls)
  • 4-7 years, 17-30kg (for Boys and Girls)
  • 8-15 years, 27-57+kg (for Boys and Girls)

There are also a number of vendors who can deliver DryNites® Pants direct to you.

See the complete DryNites® product range

No. Bedwetting isn’t anyone’s fault and there’s no evidence that daytime toilet training influences bedwetting.