What do you do if your child is still wetting the bed.
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Megan - posted on 08/17/2013
I have a child who wet the bed nightly (often several times) until he was 8 years old. At first, I just invested in a couple pair of washable, waterproof underwearhttp://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... this webpage has lots to choose from in lots of different sizes even waterproof boxers. And used a waterproof sheet protectorhttp://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... to minimize the laundry.
At the age of seven the bedwetting began to chip away at his self esteem. We solved his 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. Also, a new medical study at Wake Forest Medical Center found that undiagnosed constipation is a major factor in bedwetting as well. So you might want to get the book "Its No Accident" ...http://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20/...
My child absolutely loved the children's book, Prince Bravery and Grace - Attack of the Wet Knights http://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20/... . 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
Kushawn - posted on 06/13/2010
I agree with Sherri. I think that they will eventually grow out of it. My 8 year old will still occasionally wet the bed. But, I stop his beverages at least 2 hours before bed time and he uses the bathroom before he goes to bed. Also, if i get up during the night i wake him up also to go to the bathroom.
Kelly - posted on 06/11/2010
We're currently dealing with this with our 5 year old. We also get Nick up before we go to bed to use the bathroom. We also have a calendar in his room. Every night and nap he does not go pee pee in his bed, he gets a sticker. When he gets 10 stickers he gets a treat. He earned his 9th this morning.
Sherri - posted on 08/24/2012
@Jewel put him back in pull ups or underjams for at night and STOP punishing him he can't help it. He will simply outgrow it when his body matures plain and simple. Many children won't outgrow it till they are close to puberty.
User - posted on 08/24/2012
I am going through the same thing with my 5 year old and its driving me crazy. My son sets the bed every night. I wake him up and he still pees. It is very frustrating for me n so is the washing and the smell. I used to punish him but it doesn't work. And neither does the stop drinking at a certain time. Please help me
Ashley - posted on 07/10/2010
I am curious about the medication for bed wetting...does it really work?? I have a stepson that will b 13 in December and still wets the bed EVERY night!! We have taken him to the doc and he has no problems so.... we try waking him up 2 times a night and that still does not help..I have even told him if he wets the bed no game or TV for the day( which is bad punishment for him) and that hasn't worked..so now while doing all the rest he now washes his own bed covers...what else to do with him? And we also have plastic protectors on his mattress...thank u
Vuyokazi - posted on 07/04/2010
sisiter i do that until i got tired of waking up every 3hrs..i don't sleep am a working mom..i need to rest i work 12hrs a day..most days..i ahve n't taken him to doctor yet bt i will try moms..my husband don't wann buy nappies.for an 7 yr becoz he is aying he is lazy bum..who can't wake up at nigthand i keep on tellin ghimthat he might be sick he must nt read too much of it..he will be fine as the times goes
Cherie - posted on 06/17/2010
My step son had the same problem - I think he was almost 10 before he stopped. First we took him to the Dr to make sure that there wasn't anything wrong. We limited his evening beverages. Then - my husband set his alarm and started waking him up twice per night and taking him to the bathroom - then once per night. The trick was to make sure he was FULLY awake and not still sleeping. Eventually, he learned to wake up in the middle of the night and take himself. Hang in there!
Marlene - posted on 06/17/2010
I have that same problem with my six year old. I stop him from drinking any fluids before going to bed and make him use the bathroom before bed. However, he still pees on the bed. What I do now is wake him up every three hours to make him use the bathroom until he gets the hang of waking up himself to use it. So far my sheets remain clean and dry.
AD'RIENNE - posted on 06/16/2010
I HAVE A 9 YR OLD. HE WETS THE BED. IT WAS A TIME I THOUGHT HE WAS JUST LAZY, BUT IT WASN'T. I TOOK HIM TO THE DOCTOR HE PRESCRIBED PILLS, GAVE ME APPOINTMENTS TO SEE OTHER DOCTORS, YOU NAME IT. BUT IT WAS AN AD THAT I READ THAT MADE ME REALIZE. ITS HIS BODY PARTS THAT AREN'T DEVOLPED WITH HIM YET. HE SLEEPS HARD TOO, LOL. SO DON'T WORRY GO GET YOU A MATTRESS PROTECTOR AND BE PATIENT WITH WITH HIM. IT DOESN'T MATTER THE CUT OFF TIME WITH THE LIQUIDS EITHER.
Lisa - posted on 06/16/2010
My son was 9 when he finally stopped wetting, I did all of the recommendations to no avail - limit drinks, stay on a steady schedule etc nothing worked. His doctor stated that it is hereditary, and that some kids just sleep through the signal to pee. As frustrating as it is for us, and embarrassing for them just keep trying he will surely outgrow it.
Cathie - posted on 06/16/2010
In Australia we have pull-ups, and then Dry Nites for kids. They are like nappies for bigger kids. They are expensive, but a lot easier to manage than all that smell and washing! You can also put a plastic sheet under his normal sheet - it will at least protect the mattress.
Cathie - posted on 06/15/2010
Lots of kids still wet the bed until they are quite old. Is there a family history of bedwetting (like maybe his dad wet the bed?) If so, your child is more likely to do so. They do eventually grow out of it. Most importantly - NEVER make a big issue of it or make them think they are in trouble - they are not doing it deliberately. He is only 6, so you could talk to the Dr, but I doubt they would do much at this stage - also it sounds like he isn't wetting every night, so it is probably just that he is a heavy sleeper, and whatever triggers him to wake up and wee hasn't fully kicked in yet. Be patient - my son didn't stop wetting until he was 9 but now has been dry for months!
Sherri - posted on 06/11/2010
He is probably just a really heavy sleeper and his body doesn't wake him to let him know he has to go. They will grow out of it as he gets older. It is very common it is not his fault and he can't control it. So be patient.
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