My 7 year old has been wetting the bed, he says he doesn't know what to do.... Any suggestions????

Danielle - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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He says he just doesn't wake up to go to the bathroom, I don't know what to do. I have been having to change the sheets every morning and wash tons of clothes. Does anyone have any suggestions I am tapped out. He is too old to be doing this!

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Kelly - posted on 04/14/2010

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Hello! I had the same problem with my six year old. I started waking him up around midnight to go to the bathroom. I continued doing this for about 2 months every night. Now, he usually wakes up on his own to go but sometimes I still have to wake him up. Now I don't have to wash his sheets everyday and he feels better about himself.

Melanie - posted on 04/13/2010

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also think about what has changed in his life if this is a new thing...maybe an earlier bedtime if he is exhausted? stress brings this on too? talk to him about what is going on.. my son wets more when his life (ie being bullied at school or disharmony at either of his houses)is out of control... i think when he is emotionally wiped out he sleeps too deep to wake

Melanie - posted on 04/13/2010

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check out jamie's converstaion about the same thing... listen ladies... i have done alot of research on this since my son is 12 and still occasionally wets the bed( his dad did til he was 10 it runs in their family) rewarding a kid for staying dry gives them the message that its in their control and conversely is their fault when they don't make it...deep sleepers and immature bladders are not in their control... research shows that controlling fluids and waking them doesn't make a difference ( in training the body... it of course stops the wetting as long as YOU control it) what these guys need is a protecitve mattress cover and lots of compassion.. they don't want to do it anymore than you want them to! most kids grow out of it...

Patricia - posted on 04/12/2010

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Danielle dont let it get to you ... as I have a six year old daughter who I still carry to the toilet on intervals of 3-4 hours ... best not to give liquids after 7pm or an hour before bedtime. You will have to train him to wake up by gently waking him up if you still up and help him to the toilet... I have to carry mine as its a struggle to keep herself awake and walk at the same time... its not unusual so do not be harsh on him or hard on yourself... all the best dear.... this is what parenting is about... lucky for you he only 7 >.. I know kids who are teenagers and their parents still changing sheets.... during the day does he retain is he able to hold some times it could be a weak bladder talk to his doctor... all the best...

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Evelyn - posted on 04/20/2010

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I have just sent a post to another mom about what I did for my son who wet the bed til he was 12. I put him on what is called DDAVP Melts (Desmopressin). Our bodies produce a certain hormone at night that suppresses the production of urine, and for some that hormone is not working properly or yet. This medication acts the same was as the hormone. My son was only on it for 2 months, and has been bedwetting free ever since. One tablet is placed under the tongue to melt an hour before bed, there is to be NO WATER GIVEN at this time or until they wake up in the morning.

Kryss - posted on 04/17/2010

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First i think i would contact his pediatrician he may have bladder problems, and i also would not allow anything to drink after 7pm ...my sister had the same issue with her 6 yr old and he over came it...:)

Lynn - posted on 04/17/2010

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Kelly Glenn above has the right idea. I have been through this with two children. As long as you know there is no medical problem like a uti, then the best thing to do is restrict fluid in the evening, caffeine all day long and then wake him up and MAKE HIM WALK to the bathroom every night at the same time. Eventually his body will do it like a robot!! Hang in there :)

Liezl - posted on 04/16/2010

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Hi! I had this problem with my son too. I suggest, observe what time he last drank for dinner and have him go potty. Or What works for my son is that before or after he brushes his teeth he goes potty and he doesn't have any accidents over night.

Jessalynn - posted on 04/16/2010

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My son does too and hes 8, but peeing is a way to warm your body so he might get cold at night from kicking the covers off or ect.

Eveny - posted on 04/15/2010

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I have a 4 year old and he use to wet the bed all the time but i stopped giving any drinks before bed time and so he would be pround of him self not weting the bed i would give him a prize when he would wake up. You should put a night light next to his bed and one of the potty trains toilets next to his bed to.

Susan - posted on 04/15/2010

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I buy those pull ups but we call them big boy pants..I have an 8 yr old that does the same and I told him his bladder isn't as strong and that it wasn't his fault..they come in shorts too..It has ceased alot still happens once in awhile but definately improving..good luck

KATHY - posted on 04/14/2010

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by some pullups she may be growing to fast for her bladder. also try having her go to the potty before bed and if you go to bed later than her get her up to potty. my girl has a bladder problem and we have to do all those things.

Heidi - posted on 04/14/2010

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Have you tried stopping the liquids after 7 and having him go right before he goes to bed?

Seanna - posted on 04/14/2010

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You could limit his drinking of fluids to 30 to 45 minutes prior to bed. Or tell him to go potty before bed whether or not he has the urge to go. Most of the time they have to go and don't realize it.

Crystal - posted on 04/14/2010

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Try take and putting diaper covers on him that way when he wets the bed he is the one feeling it and it might wake him up. Also it doesn't get on the bed. hope this helps.

Marilyn - posted on 04/14/2010

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We've had this issue and changed lots of sheets, even though we take our 6-year-old son to the bathroom 2-3 times during the night (he doesn't even wake up). Recently gave in to reality and bought the large pullups they now sell for big kids. I had been afraid my son would feel ashamed to go back to pullups, but actually he's happy about it, and much more comfortable. I'm sure the wetting will stop in time; he's a very deep sleeper and drinks a lot. His older brother took a while to get it, too, but his younger brother, a very light sleeper, stays dry more often. Kids just don't all develop the same way.

Anne - posted on 04/14/2010

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My son had the same problem. His dr. Had me not to give him any sugar or caffinated drinks. That still didn't work. So she had us use a bedwetting alarm. After one week of using it we no longer had an issue. Look it up on the web. I actually purchsed ours from amazon.

GINGER - posted on 04/14/2010

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THIS OCCURED AT MY HOUSE ALSO. I FINALLY TOOK HIM TO THE PEDIATRICIAN. COME TO FIND OUT HE HAD A URINARY TRACK INFECTION. SHE STARTED HIM ON ANIBIOTICS AND WITH IN A COUPLE DAYS THE BED WETTING STOPPED. I WISH YOU LUCK:)

Kristine - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son had the same problem. He never wet the bed until he was about 6 and then it happened almost every night. He is 8 now and has not wet the bed in about 6 months. Most importantly don't overreact. If he is nervous or stressed it will continue to happen. I quit letting my son drink anything 2 hours before bed and I stand outside the bathroom door to ensure he goes right before bed. I made it very clear to him that it was an accident and he was not in trouble, but when we make messes we have to clean them up. I made him take off the dirty sheets and put new ones on. I also gave him a reward for not doing it. He always wants to sleep on the couch and is not allowed to for several reasons (mostly because I do not want to destroy our furniture) so I told him when he goes 2 months without an accident he will get a chance to sleep on the couch on a weekend. At their age though they need closer goals too so every dry morning I would allow him a special treat. I do not usually let him have sugar cereal, but I bought a box and rewarded him with his "treat" on dry mornings. Good luck and hang in there I know how frustrating this can be for both of you

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