Susannah - posted on 06/08/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )
I need some help with my 8 year old son who wets the bed every night. He wears Pull-ups to bed and on occasions even leaks through those onto his sheets. I have talked to his doctor who said that it is genetic and may go on until he is nine, ten, eleven, or even twelve. But buying Pull-ups is so expensive and the laundry is piling up! I have tried in the past to break him of this. I have tried not allowing drinks at dinner and having him use the bathroom just before bed with little success. I have tried not allowing anything to drink after school until bedtime (except for little sips when needed) but he would get too thirsty. I have tried waking him around midnight before I go to bed to have him use the bathroom, but he is such a sound sleeper that he is almost impossible to wake and when he does get up he is like a zombie wandering around. He even tried to pee in the fridge because he was so disoriented! I have also combined all the things above with sending him to bed without the Pull-up. I would put two layers of sheets and mattress protectors on his bed and clean pajamas on his night stand and if he wakes up in the night wet, he would have to get himself changed into dry p.j.s and take the wet layer of sheets off his own bed (leaving a clean layer of sheets and protector underneath) and put all the dirty stuff in the hamper by himself. I thought that perhaps having him take responsibility for his own stuff would help him to try harder not to have an accident. But eventually the sheer amount of laundry paired with a constant lack of clean sheets caused me to cave in and buy a pack of Pull-ups again. The problem is he is missing out on sleepovers with his friends from school and recently at a campout for Cub Scouts he got really anxious about the other boys seeing him wearing a Pull-up to bed. He is becoming embarrassed, but not even that embarrassment has helped him to control his bladder at night. Is there any solution to this problem or do I have to just let it play out and eventually solve itself in time? Please help before I am forced to buy stock in Huggies and get lost in a mountain of dirty sheets!!