When is he too old to wear nightime pullups?

Cheryl - posted on 04/11/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My 6 yr old soin is still wearing nightime pullups. We've tried underwear & mattress covers, waking him up 2-3 times a night. He just became exhausted, so we went back to pull ups. How can I keep him from wetting the bed at night?
P.S. we've tried not drinking hours before bed & it doesn't work.

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Robert - posted on 10/15/2013

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Please tell me all of you people are joking about having 9 and 10 year old boys in diapers and pull-ups or is this just some fantasy you people are having.

Ginger - posted on 06/30/2011

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I have a 10 year old who still wets the bed occassionally and still wears a pullup-night time pants- to bed. I myself wet the bed regualarly until I was 10 and then once in a great while till I was about 14. I was and still am a heavy heavy sleeper. It was so bad that I even had dreams that I woke up and went to bathroom ...only to wake yp wet. *sighs* It was very frustrating for me, but my mother was a trooper and never made me feel bad or like I was weird. So I have done the same to all of boys especially my youngest. At 10 he seems to be the one to have the longest issues with this than my other 4...but they all did at some time or another while growing up. I believe he'll outgrow it too when his body catches up.... Good luck with you and yours hon- it gets better and dryer as time goes on.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/11/2011

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He doesn't need medical attention for this. Actually wetting the bed is a very normal thing..I am always surprised how many moms are unaware of this.

There are a few different reasons for bed wetting:
-hereditary
-lack of bladder maturity (it corrects itself with age)
-very deep sleeper

In my family we have a very long line of bed wetters....I was 12 when I finally stopped wetting the bed..a combination of the 3 causes. My parents were 12 and 14 when they stopped.

Be patient ..keep using the mattress protector and pull up.

NEVER EVER make him feel bad..it is humiliating enough without any comments.

JANET - posted on 10/15/2013

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I HAD A DR. TELL ME THAT UNLESS HE IS 15 YEARS OLD SHE'S NOT WORRIED. IT IS QUIT NORMAL FOR MALES TO WET THE BED

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Lori - posted on 06/27/2011

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Hi Cheryl, I think he will get out of it when hes able to or ready too. My aunty wet the bed till she was mid 20's, then she got married and no more wet bed...lol. I have a toddler 4 yrs old and 3 grown up kids. The 4 yr old is so way behind with toilet training, but....its fine, he will get there. Best not to pay too much attention to it I think. Just try and make them as comfortable and dry as possible. If they see your not worried about it, then I think it would help them to relax and they will get themselves in their own routine. And then one day, it just wont happen anymore. I wish you all the best hun. ♥

Jenn - posted on 06/24/2011

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It is hereditary and he will grow out of it. I know it's frustrating (for him too I'm sure), but it just takes time. One of my daughter's wore pull ups till she was about 11 before hers stopped. Good luck.

Anne Marie - posted on 06/10/2011

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Call it what you will.... Bedwetting, enuresis, nocturnal enuresis, primary enuresis, diurnal enuresis... It’s all the same. Bed wetting is a symptom of a very deep, inherited sleep disorder. It is oxygen deprived sleep, and it is definitely not healthy. Until you address the sleep disorder, you should keep him in some kind of protective under garments. Nothing is more humiliating to a child than waking up wet. I've known several children with this disorder. Seen some successfully treated with medications as well. They hit that deep sleep and don't awake from it. Talk to your doctor.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2011

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My son had bedwetting problems til he was 9......sometimes it is just that the bladder is not fully developed. Were you a bed wetter because I was and it is hereditary. Have patience they do grow out of it.. Buy a rubber mattress pad so the matress doesn't get ruined.

Amber - posted on 04/21/2011

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My daughter was a really heavy sleeper too. I could get her out of bed, sit her on the toilet, she would pee, and I'd put her back to bed, all with her not even waking up!

Carolyn - posted on 04/17/2011

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dont worry too much my eldest was prob about9 before she stopped i tried everything the only thing that helped was the bed wetting alarm which she hated. she was a heavy sleeper and just slept and didnt get up. just give it time thats about all you can do.

Amber - posted on 04/16/2011

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My daughter wet the bed until she was six. At that point I asked her pediatrician, who put her on a medication. It did not affect her sleep, and it worked. She is now nine. She had to take the medication for three months. It was wonderful. There ARE things you can do. The medication they gave my daughter was not an antidepressant, and had no adverse side effects. She was SO happy. But... they do have to be six to take it. Talk to your Dr. :)

Veronica - posted on 04/15/2011

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DOn't panic, there is actually nothing you can do to stop him wetting the bed. It is hereditary, so if you or your husband did he has a HIGH risk of doing it too. It is actually the signal in the brain that sends the message to wake him up that isn't getting through, generally because they are heavy sleepers. He WILL grow out of it!!! Every child is different. I have 4 children 3 of which were dry at night from around 18 months old yet my son who is now 7 was still doing it very regularly at 6, he still does it occasionally if he is really tired.
It is far more common than you think and often one of those things that people don't talk about as they are embarrassed.
Try not to worry and don't put any pressure on him as it won't change anything. He will get there.
Good luck.

Shannon - posted on 04/15/2011

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my son still wears a pull up too he is six years old i have tried heaps of things and none of them work either so i just wait untill he is ready

Melinda - posted on 04/14/2011

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He just has to outgrow it. I was just as concerned about my son, but around 8 1/2 the wetting became fewer and far between. And by 9 he was done. I kept asking the pediatrician also. His response each time was "he won't be going to college wetting the bed!" :) Just hang in there!

Kim - posted on 04/13/2011

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Um, my son is 11 and still wears them. I guess he is going for my Father's record of being a teen and still wetting the bed. One of my Brothers was 8 the other was 11. Nothing helps for him either. Although a bedwetting alarm did. He would be dry for a month after using it a few times but he didn't want to wear it anymore and his Dr said not to push it. If you are interested try thebedwettingstore.com

Cheryl - posted on 04/11/2011

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Thank you Sandy. That is very true. He is a very heavy sleeper. I just wish there was a way to fix it sooner. Very frustrating & expensive.

Sandy - posted on 04/11/2011

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Is he a heavy sleeper? Was it hard to wake him? My 10 year old will still wet the bed if he has something to drink after 8 at night because he sleeps so soundly. He also had problems up until about 6 or so (if I remember right). He just may be sleeping so heavily his body doesn't wake up when it feels the need to go during the night. He may really have to out grow it.

Cheryl - posted on 04/11/2011

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Yes. She just says he'll grown out of it. He has only one fully functioning kidney because of a vascular infarct when he was born. She says its the bladder that would be the problem not the kidney's that would cause a medical issue. No problems there.

Megan - posted on 04/11/2011

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Have you taken him to a pediatrician yet ? Sometimes there is a medical reason for this.

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