frequent urination - 5 year old

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Help! I have a 5 year old daughter who wakes up EVERY NIGHT in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom (sometimes twice). Problem is she can't seem to do it alone and wakes me up to tuck her back in bed and shut the light. I've tried putting her nightstand lamp right next to her bed so after she puts her covers back on she just has to reach over and shut the light. She won't do it! I would just let her cry it out until she did it but I have a 2 year old in the next room that she'll probably wake up. Any suggestions? Is the frequent urination normal? I've spoken to her pediatrician and he doesn't seem to think there is anything medically wrong with her. Signed SLEEP DEPRIVED!

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It's pretty normal for kids to get up regularly at night to pee, think of how small their bladders are compared to ours! Also would she go on a small potty in her room on her own. Then you'd just have to empty it in the morning, but at least you would get to sleep.

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I have a night light in the bathroom. She refuses to have one in her room - the shadows scare her! She wakes up to turn the nightstand lamp on, comes down the hallway in the dark, and comes in my dark room to get me. She can't seem to go backwards to do the same thing after she goes potty. She wants me to tuck her back in.

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Quoting Tonya:

do u make her go to the bathroom before she gos to bed and don't let her drink anything a hour before she gos to bed. that what i was told to do with my daughter!



Hi Tonya,



Yeah.. she goes to the bathroom 2 or 3 times (just to make sure every little tinkle is out).  She has a sip of water after brushing her teeth and drinks approx 2 hrs before bed.  I was told its just a phase too (I just wish she would grow out of it)! 



 

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I understand your pain. I have 3 girls and with all of them, I did the same thing for each of them. When they got to the age of moving out of pull ups into big girl panties, I would take them all potty a couple of times in the night. Its great that your daughter wakes up on her own. I usually took them a couple of hours after they went to bed and than again 2-3 hours after that. Just so I wasn't having to clean sheets all the time and it helps them to get used to waking up. After a year or so they would get up and go on their own. I have a 5 yr old who is just now waking up on her own and going potty without me. I make sure there are plenty of night lights around,in her room and bathroom, so she can see.

Krista - posted on 03/06/2009

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Just watch out for other symptoms that go along with frequent urination. My 3 year old just got diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes this summer after having symptoms of frequent urination, extreme thirst, etc. Don't want to scare you, and if your pediatrician doesn't seem concerned you probably don't need to worry! I hear you on the sleep deprivation!!!

Tonya - posted on 03/05/2009

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do u make her go to the bathroom before she gos to bed and don't let her drink anything a hour before she gos to bed. that what i was told to do with my daughter!

Tonya - posted on 03/05/2009

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my daughter is 8 and she had the same problem till she was like 7 except she would not get up she would pee in bed, she didn't do it purposely she just didn't wake and go i took her to the doctor and he said nothing was wrong with her it was just a stage. she out of it now, but once in while she will.

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