big kid still wets bed pull ups don't fit

Sharon - posted on 03/13/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello out there. My son is 10 years old and still wets the bed. Now whether or not this is related to Autism I am not sure and it really doesn't matter. My problem is I can't find a pull up or diaper that will fit him or if it does fit (Depends) they don't absorb enough and he still wakes up soaking wet. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can use. Also if there are any medical concerns that I should be aware of that causes wetting the bed. Thanks for all your comments. Sharon

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Penny - posted on 03/15/2011

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I don't know what country you are from, but here we have Huggies Dry nites and they go up to age 15 years. My son is 8 and has Autism and wears dry nites. I hope this helps you with your son.

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Have you ever watched (or ever taped) him while he sleeps at night? The reason I ask is, I had learned recently that Sleep Apnea causes increased urination AT NIGHT causing a child to either get up several times a night, and/or wet the bed. Not sure if this is an issue with your son, but it was with mine. My son had obstructive sleep apnea. HIs tonsils and addenoids were so large that when he would slip into a deep sleep, everything would relax, even his throat and cut off his breathing. Once we had the tonsils and addenoids removed, the apnea seemed to disappear and so did the bedwetting. Just a thought. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2011

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@sharon--it is totally up to you. We kinda had to--our son was having day time accidents still at 7-10 years old and we told him if he couldn't get his act together we were going to send him to the doctor who would do all kinds of unpleasant tests on him. he didn't, so we sent him to a pediatric urologist who cathed him and filled his bladder til he cried. They based the amount on HIS body size, and he could still only take 2/3 of the norm. Then we knew that he needed it written in his IEP that he could NOT wait to go to the bathroom--if he says he has to go, it was urgent 5 minutes ago, so he can't wait another 5....

Arlene - posted on 03/16/2011

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Hi Sharon we have the same problem! My daughter who is 10 is not potty trained...it is related to her dx because she cant really feel when she has to go. any way I found new freedom solutions http://www.newfreedomsolutions.com/ you can order samples and they have great cost support.

Jane - posted on 03/15/2011

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My son had this problem and even at 16 still sometimes wets the bed. He is ADHD, ODD and Bipolar, and a neuro-psych unit determined that his frontal lobe does not function normally.

Many kids, especially boys who show problems with the frontal lobes, have a problem with wetting at night. There can be several causes. Sometimes the part of the brain that controls the reporting to the brain that the bladder is full is "immature." Time will probably fix that eventually. Sometimes kids sleep so deeply that they don't wake up when their brain tells them that they need to go. Sometimes kids have perception problems or sleep problems that interfere with knowing the bladder is full. And sometimes the bladder itself is immature. Stress will sometimes cause bedwetting to start up again after it has stopped for a while, too.

There is a medication that can be used to help, desmopressin acetate, or DDAVP. It is best to use this in pill form. My son used it for about a year and it helped him get used to the process of waking up to go.

You can also restrict fluids in the evening and get yourself up several times during the night to walk your son into the bathroom to go.

There are also alarm systems that detect wetness and wake the child up, training the body to wake up when the bladder is full.

With our son a combination of the medication and fluid restriction helped. He was still in pull-ups at 150 pounds - we found a brand at Walgreen's that comes in Extra Large that worked pretty well. Depends really didn't work unless he wore several of them, one inside the other. We also put protective pads on the bed and taught him how to strip the bed, remake it, and put the soiled sheets in the washer.

Now he may have a problem once every two months or so and we can tie it in to stress at school.

Good luck! Talk to your pediatrician about solutions, and you might also want to read http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/diso... to get some more background.

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Rose-Ann - posted on 04/23/2013

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Hi Sharon. My son is also 10 yrs old. He has ADHD and is Autistic. He was potty trained prior to starting a med called Risperadol. He takes this at night to help him sleep and boy does it! One small dose and he is out! Unfortunately, he does not realize he is wetting the bed and wakes up soaked! We are using the small Depends, but they tend to rub him between the legs (they are very rough) and cause a rash. I have cut back on liquids but it doesn't seem to help. We are trying to move his meds up an hour to see if he can go to the bathroom before bedtime and get rid of most of it before he goes to sleep. Don't feel like you are alone, because there are many out there with you!

Jane - posted on 03/22/2011

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You can, certainly. We never did with our son because what our various doctors did and said made sense and helped.



We did have our son checked for sleep apnea, and he does not have it.

Sharon - posted on 03/22/2011

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Does anyone think I should have him checked out by a urologist? Thanks for all the advice. So far I have ordered some pull ups from new freedom and I will check out the bedwetting store. xoxo

Sarah - posted on 03/21/2011

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it may be related to the autism in some way. My 15 year old ( about 120 pounds) has rarely had a dry night his entire life. He has a bladder that is only 2/3 the size it should be ( or at least that was the case when he was younger). He routinely soaks through his depends at night and doesn't know it til he wakes up in the morning. Someone finally told us about http://bedwettingstore.com/index.htm just a few months ago I spent $100 of my son's SSI to buy a zip on cover for his mattress and a special sheet for his bed. The zip on cover is heavy duty vinyl ( $17) and the sheet is also waterproof ( terrycloth on the top with waterproof rubber stuff on the bottom...$60)

Barbara - posted on 03/16/2011

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One more thing....if you have Medicaid they will cover them with prior approval.

Sharon - posted on 03/15/2011

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Thank you both for your responses. My son has had his adnoids out and that helped hi breathe better at night. I will look into diaper liners for the depends he wears. Thank you!

Barbara - posted on 03/15/2011

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I have a 21 year old who is disabled and not continent of bowel or bladder. Overnight, as you can imagine he voids alot. He was constantly leaking. I now use diaper liners inside his pull up..they work great and hardly ever leak. Do a search online. Just check how much the product you're looking at will absorb. Some are for light control others for as much as 3 cups of water. They have their absorbency listed as ounces. Good luck.

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