My son is still wetting the bed at 6. He will be 7 in March. How do I help him?

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Sue - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son turned 9 in September and still occassionally wets the bed. He is a very heavy sleeper and just does not wake up. I have talked to his doctor on several occassions and the most important thing he told us is to never get mad at him for it, my husband would get upset with him. The other thing is he started sleeping over friends houses and the doctor did give us a prescription that is supposed to calm his bladder so he does not get embarrassed at friends houses. I found most importantly is to make sure nothing to drink at least 1 hour before bed and that he always always goes to the bathroom before bed, even if he fights me on it (he's 9 and fights me on everything). The good news is it is becoming way less frequent and now when he does have an accident it wakes him right up, he used to sleep right through till the morning.

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You should see your doctor, they should be able to give some suggestions and perhaps offer treatment.

Robyn - posted on 01/15/2010

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stop giving him drinks an hour before bedtime, MAKE him pee every night right before bed(at least try to pee). eventually he will get used to and appreciate having a dry bed in the morning and when he is a little older he will learn how to get up in the middle of the night if need be to go pee..

Jaymi - posted on 11/26/2009

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Its a relief to see someone else with a son that is still having accidents. My son is 6 and wears pull ups to bed....I'd say at least 2-4 times a week, he overflows the pull up and wakes up early because he is wet :-( I am going to try the advice listed below...thank you very much

Melissa - posted on 11/07/2009

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I have the same problem. My son just turned 7 and still wets the bed some nights. What I have done is I stop his drinking about 1.5 hours before he goes to bed. He goes to the bathroom before he gets into bed. And then about 1.5 - 2 hours after he is into bed, I wake him up to go to the bathroom. But my son is a very very heavy sleeper and he isn't always awake when I get him up to go. So what we sometimes do (and I should do it everytime) is we make up a funny word or try to go potty before I get to 30, and he has to remember the word or number I go to in the morning. That way it trains his brain to wake up. I also use a mattress pad. I put it right ouver his sheets and it's soft. So, if he does have an accident, I only have to take that off and clean him up. No changing sheets because the pad proteced them. It does make it a lot easier. I did also talk to my son's doctor and he said that there's nothing you could really do. He will eventually outgrow it. But, I feel your pain. Best of luck!!

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