Wetting in bed at 5 years old.

Christina @ Nurlina Khairunnisa - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son Ali is 5 years old and he does not use diapers anymore but sometimes he still wet his bed eventhough I made him urine before sleeping. What should I do... to help him wake up in the middle of the night to the loo ? Any suggestions?

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Kelli - posted on 02/09/2010

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Depending on his bedtime. Stop the drinking 1 hour before bed. My son had the same problem. Sometimes he couldnt help it because he is such a deep sleeper. I bought a waterproof mattress pad which made things alot easier when the accidents happen during the night. Dont make a big deal out if it. He is embarrassed enough. The dr. said it is normal for boys to have accidents at night. It will usually resolve on its own if not ask your pediatrician for tips.

Myra - posted on 02/09/2010

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My 6 yr old wets the bed NIGHTLY, Pullups definitely help, but sometimes he wets thru them as well. He does not drink anything after 7pm and his bedtime is at 8. We usually get him up at about 11 and since he's still very much asleep, all his dad has to do is use the bathroom and my little boy follows suit. He still wakes up wet tho!!

Don't stress too much, I know it's hard though! I blame his uncles for being bedwetters. One till the age of 14 and the other till about 16!!

Stay strong, I know I'm trying!!! :)

Kim - posted on 02/09/2010

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There really isn't anything you can do. His bladder just isn't big or mature enough to go the whole night. And if he is a deep sleeper that makes it harder. My son wears Goodnights to bed. When he was 7 we bought a sleep alarm and it worked really well. After using it a few nights he would be dry a month. But for some reason he didn't like it and the Dr said not to push it. If there is a history of bed wetting in the family that is against him too. We've had family members wet the bed until 7, 11 and maybe even 17 so my son wetting for so long is not unexpected, he's 10 now btw. One of my daughters was over 4.5 yrs before she stopped and my other one stopped before 3 which was surprising. Don't worry so much or push your child. Its not his fault. Just buy some pullups for at night. A pullup costs a lot less than a few loads of laundry especially if its every night.

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Rebecca - posted on 02/25/2010

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p.s. i was a bed wetter and the humiliation my parents put me thru because of this was extreme ... always always reassure that it's ok, and don't punish the child. i read online at one time that some kids take until teenage-hood to get it and there is NO standard.

Rebecca - posted on 02/25/2010

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it kinda depends how often he has accidents. if it is once a month or so, do nothing except reassure him that accidents do happen.

if it is happening every week, or a couple of times a week ... well at this age we used to wake our older daughter (the younger one is only 3 and sleeps in a nappy) up at 11pm. she didn't really wake as such, but we'd put her on the loo, she'd pee and we'd put her back to bed.

if it is almost every night i would also do the above at this age. with a younger kid, i would just keep them in nappies at night.

Mariette - posted on 02/25/2010

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Christina, I have a 9yr old girl and 7yr old boy. Tried it all. Doctors tablets that cost the earth, homeopathic drops, all the stuff you can get. I do the no drink from 6 o'clock, because an hour didn't work. Take them to toilet before I go to sleep and sometimes around 12.... Make them wash there linen, everything. I live in SA, so don't know if you get it where you live, but I found Homeopathis Bedwetting tablets by Hyland's (Pink and blue box with a brown teddybear in dipers on). I have been giving it to my kids for a week and half and they have only had 2 "accidents".
On line you get 'Be Dry', never tried it, but lots rave about it online.
Good Luck!!!!

RENADA - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have a 5 yr old son that does the same thing. I dont give him anything to drink after 7:30 and i also make him go to bathroom before going to bed. His problem is he is a very hard sleeper! So my mother suggested, I set my alarm any hour in the middle of the night maybe around 2am, or 3am and get him up to go to toilet. End result, he will eventually learn how to do it himself because his body will get used to it. Good luck!!

Whitley - posted on 02/11/2010

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it is a hereditary thing but it is also a symptom of ADHD! my daughter is 6 and she still wets the bed! we tried EVERYTHING to get her to stop and when she went to the dr for behavior problems we found out that wetting the bed was part of ADHD!

Christina @ Nurlina Khairunnisa - posted on 02/11/2010

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Thank you all for your helpful suggestions .I'll try some of them one at a time..

Michelle - posted on 02/09/2010

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Where did you get the sleep alarm? I have the same problem. we use good nites and they work most of the time. But I want him to be able to have sleep overs and stay with his grandparents without worring about him messsing up their beds.

Emilie - posted on 02/09/2010

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I think it is heriditary, My ex's family most of them wet the bed until they was pretty old. My ex said he wet the bed until he was 8. His younger brother wet unitl he was 16 years old. HIs older brother and sister did not wet the bed though. His little sister wet the bed until she was like 10. Half of his nices and nephews still wet the bed and they are all like between 5-11 years old. My son never wet the bed though, my daughter does sometimes she is 3 years old. Just put the Goodnights pants on him at night, and try to limit fluids before bed.
Best of luck!

Erin - posted on 02/09/2010

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I had the same issue with my youngest son who is 6. I found out through his doctor that it "runs" in families. Check with your husband's mother as well as yours (if you have brothers) and see if any of them had this issue. More likely than not one of them did. I know with my son not making it such an issue and letting him know that his uncles went through the same thing made him feel better , and that in turn made the "situation " better for all of us. It is really just a matter of the brain to bladder maturity , for some it just comes later. Hang in there this will pass. We are going on two months dry now , but I know it may not be done yet , some kids last until age 12.

Jamie - posted on 02/09/2010

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don't expect that he will. my son still wets sometime and he will be five at the end of march. we still use pullups and good nights for bedtime. most kids sleep to soundly to wake up and use the toliet.

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