My five year old still wets herself

Mairead - posted on 02/10/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter has started school and is doing very well .. but she still wets herself during the day . i have two older girls that were dry night and day by 2 1/2 so i know this isn't normal she is going for tests next week i just wanted to know has anyone else had this problem? because I'm very worried and have never heard of other children with this problem .

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Amy - posted on 09/12/2012

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I am having the same problem. My daughter has never been completely potty trained and is 5 years old also. She started kindergarten and comes home smelling like urine. I send a purse every day with clean underwear and wipes and shorts or pants for her to change and she never does. I cannot even get her to be responsible enough to at least change when it happens. We are getting ready to take her to a pediatric urologist so hopefully they can help her. I have tried everything from sticker charts, prizes, candy, the potty dance, time outs, ignoring it, and taking her to the bathroom every hour. Nothing has worked. When I would take her every hour her underwear still would have urine in them. She has had numerous bladder infections and I just am at a loss. She still completely soaks a pull-up at night every night. Last night I made her put one on before bed and she sat on the floor (wide awake) and peed in it. I was so furious. I cannot figure out why she just won't get up and go to the bathroom. Hopefully this doctor can help me out before I lose my mind!!!!

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Virna-Lisa - posted on 03/18/2014

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I have a son that is 6 yrs old. He still wets the bed at night(only). He can go to school or where ever and go to the bathroom on his own. But when he goes to bed, by morning time he wets the bed. My husband would stay up till midnight so he can wake him up to use the bathroom. Sometimes that would work but lately he still wet the bed. I have ran out of ideas.

Megan - posted on 12/10/2012

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Tiffanni, for daytime potty training you need to be enthusiastic and consistent. Pick a time each day that you know you will be home with your son and you can focus on him. Get rid of all pullups. So if he gets upset you can honestly say Sorry we don't have any pullups. Then put him in underwear. Give him a big cup of his favorite juice or milk..Then about 10 minutes later, offer one fruit snack or sticker if he uses the potty. If he has a fit, walk away. tell him to let you know when he is ready. Absolutely ignore the tantrum. Do not say a word to him...just tell him to let you know when he is ready. Then get busy with something else. He may have a royal fit the first few times but if you do not react, he will eventually give up that behavior.

Nighttime can be a different story. I suggest no pullups... invest in a couple pair of washable, waterproof underwear http://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... this webpage has lots to choose from in lots of different sizes even waterproof boxers. And use a waterproof sheet protector http://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... to minimize the laundry.

Tiffanni - posted on 12/10/2012

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yeah i do i have a 5 year old son stills doing number one and number two i am trying everything i don't know how to get him train he is to lazy lol but he dose very good in head start this is going to be his last year i am trying my best to get him potty train before he goes to a bigger school i just need help can someone give me and advise what should i do he is still in pullups but he go in underwear at all he hates them he will throw a fit about them lol i just need help please help me

Megan - posted on 12/03/2012

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This is probably more common than you realize. I know pediatricians consider nighttime wetting at age 5 to be normal. Just invested in a couple pair of washable, waterproof underwear http://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... this webpage has lots to choose from in lots of different sizes even waterproof boxers. And use a waterproof sheet protector http://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... to minimize the laundry.

As time goes on you can solve bed wetting by using an alarm. A child who wets at night has a sleep pattern in which the brain does not react to the full bladder signal. The alarm gradually trains the child's brain to react. He went from being wet every single night to completely dry in about 6 weeks. The bed wetting alarm http://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... has given us years of dry nights.

My child absolutely loved the children's book, Prince Bravery and Grace - Attack of the Wet Knights. It is the story of a young prince who struggles with "the Wet Knights" and eventually defeats them by using an alarm. It's funny yet empathetic and gave him the understanding and motivation to end the bed wetting. The best advice for parents about how to stop bedwetting I found is the book, Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness, by Renee Mercer. Invest in the books-they make the process so much easier, then an alarm -its the best decision I ever made.www.braveryandgrace.com

Lura - posted on 11/26/2012

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I have a 4 yr old that still wets herself I have takin her to the doctor many times and they say she is constipated. She takes medicine everyday, and has bowel movments dayly now. But she is still wetting herself. When she has tro pee it hits her right now and if she moves she wets herself. Any ideas?

Sasha - posted on 08/16/2012

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I have 3 girls and 1 boy . 5, 17month 24 days old. And my boy 7yrs. A challenge. Unfortunately i got one of those, she is driving me crazy and my house smell pissy. But she has been to doctors. No different news. Taking her to therapy is where i am. Just had a new baby, she seems to be adjusting well. But since my other daughter been going with her dad a few days a week the accident is more frequent. But i dont think thats the issuse. She is lazy thats wat i think

Lisamarie - posted on 06/19/2012

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My daughter does too, all children are entitled to the odd accidents. As long as you know everything is going well at school and there are no under-lying medical causes this shouldn't be a problem, no matter how annoying it may be.
I wet the bed myself until I was 8, Sofia, and tried those night-alarms but my problem was I was a heavy sleeper so didn't really work for me, I'd just sleep through it! lol

User - posted on 04/23/2012

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I have a 6 yr old that wets at night. We felt it was happening because she is such a heavy sleeper that she cant wake herself up. Doctor suggeste a night-alarm. I looked up info online, told the doctor let's try (my medical covered it Thank goodness!) and it helped alot.

Give it a try.

Monica - posted on 04/09/2012

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Dont worry! It happens a lot with my kids. ( well my lil ones ) When kids tend to get nervous they might spring leaks! But just go over with them what to do when this happens and im sure theyll be fine:D

Nancy - posted on 03/15/2012

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Hi Dear. got a five year old boy who is still wetting but at night only. the replies will be of help to me also. cheers.

Jennifer - posted on 02/28/2012

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Unless there are other concerns, personally, I wouldn't be too worried. My 5 y/o also still wets herself-not every day-but she gets distracted while playing during the day and fails to get to the bathroom. There are also mornings she wakes up drenched. We try to control the intake of fluids after dinner to lessen her chances of an accident overnight. She was actually potty trained by 4. She is our 7th daughter, and most of the others didn't even put forth an effort to try until they were 4 1/2 y/o, with the acception of our oldest and 2nd daughter.. She was potty trained around 3 1/2 y/o and she is learning disabled. In comparison to all but our 2nd daughter(who was PT by 2 1/2 years old), she was early learning. Our pediatrician always told us, when they are ready, they will learn. Our son will be 4 in March and he started trying to use the toilet at age 1 1/2 on his own-oh the messes he made for me. He still struggles with wetting himself both during the day and at night. He wears a pull-up at night and it will still leak and drench him and his bed. I think some kids are growing faster than their bladders can keep up with them. I hope all your daughters tests turn out fine and that it is just a matter of time that she outgrows the accidents.

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