My son is 6 and still wears a pull up at night. He just doesn't wake up. But, I feel like I have

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Ami Andy - posted on 02/24/2009

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I don't recommend telling him that they are what babies wear because that is only going to make him feel bad about it. He doesn't even realize what he is doing so you can't really punish him. i I had my son potty trained in 2 days and he has never had a problem with the daytime, night time is just a struggle for him. That is just how some kids are. You just have to try and help him work through it.  I tried to reward him with a webkinz or something he really values if he were to make it 7 days without having an accident but we haven't made it that far yet. They are so independent at that age you forget about the getting up in the middle of the night to tend to them. It can make for an exhausting evening sometimes. Good luck with you efforts, I know how you feel.

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Natasha - posted on 08/21/2013

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Had same problem with my boy when he was 6 and used alarm it worked . Still very hard an tiring but well worth it he is now 8years old and hasn't wet the bed in ages.

Megan - posted on 08/17/2013

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It is soooo common for a six year old to still wet the bed. For children six and under, i recommend just using pull ups or washable waterproof undies And used a waterproof sheet protectorhttp://astore.amazon.com/bravandgrac-20?... and keep a no big deal attitude.

I have a child who wet the bed nightly (often several times) until he was 8 years old.

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

Marie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I agree that you do not want to tell him that babies wear diapers. He clearly is not wetting because he doesn't want to get out of bed in the middle of the night. He just doesn't wake up...exactly the same with my daughter. Anything you can do to reassure him that it is not his fault would be a good idea, I think. He needs to know that he's still "a big boy" even though he wears a pull up at night.

Garima - posted on 02/24/2009

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just make him go to toilet before he goes to sleep and use a plastic protector on the bed.Try checking out in the middle of the night for first week.No drinks before he goes to sleep.I m sure it ll work.

Ami Andy - posted on 02/24/2009

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Oh my goodness, my son is in the same situation. We have tried to wake him up around 11 and then 4 or 5ish in the morning and it is hit or miss. We have tried rewards. I swear he holds it all day. I asked our peditrician and he said that is possible but he will more than likely stop when he starts to care. I guess meaning having sleepovers and not wanting to be embarassed. He has wanted to go in underwear and he have tried but it just doesn't always work. To keep from changing the bed everyday i bought one of those pads from One Step Ahead and just throw that in the wash with the top sheet. We still wake him with the pull up on but he is just such a sound sleeper and maybe his bladder just isn't ready. It is just going to take time I guess.

Dana - posted on 02/24/2009

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My daughter turned 6 in December and she still wears a pull up at night.  Nothing in this world will wake her out of a dead sleep, not even having to go to the restroom.  I've been concerned about it myself, but my doctor assures me that with age and time she will grow out of it. 

Kate - posted on 02/24/2009

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My son is 5 and hasn't used anything since he was 3. We went through a stage where we felt we needed a pull up and soon realized we were just delaying his potty training. A couple of night he wet the bed, which we anticipated and put down a protective cover, and then it was over!!! Just like that. Just make a decision to not put one on him, which I'm sure he will appreciate because he is 6 and probably knows himself that this is what "babies" wear.... just stick with it and you and him and your wallet will be MUCH happier!!! Good luck and let me know how it goes!!!

Marie - posted on 02/24/2009

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Gosh, I wish I had the answer for you! My daughter is 5 1/2 and, if I don't wake her up before I go to bed and at least one more time in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, she'd be wet every morning. I have tried the "reward" system, but I honestly think that she just sleeps so deeply that she isn't able to "hear" her body's messages. I don't want to punish her (by not giving the reward) for something she clearly has no control over. When I did do the reward system, she ended up more discouraged because she didn't want me to be disappointed. I tried the no pull up, let her get wet and she'll be uncomfortable and wake up method too. But, she doesn't even wake up when she's wet most of the time. I have resigned myself to just being patient and knowing that she will eventually grow out of it. Making sure that I don't have to change the sheets every night seems to be the best plan for the moment. And also remembering that her bed wetting is not a result of any poor parenting on my part. Let me know if you come up with any other ideas that may be helpful. :)

Debbony - posted on 02/24/2009

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Honestly one day I actually forgot to buy some puul-ups when I went shopping. However my son had no choice but to sleep w/out one. The thing is he had already fallen asleep. I thought why not just give this a chance and see the resluts the next morning. When I went to check my son the next morning he was drier than a bone. I just kept it going and it was a success. However accidents will happen, to try and prevent them I don't allow my son to have anything to drink before he goes to bed. He has to drink an hour before he goes to sleep and it works. Good Luck to you!!

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dont worry there are kids out there that still wear pull-ups at night including my son who is 5 years old. My PED said that boys have a harder time learning that muscle control but he will get it when he gets older.

Andrea - posted on 02/24/2009

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My son is 6 and we have been using a bedwetting alarm. It has a sensor that clips to his underwear and the alarm itself gets pinned to his pajama shirt at the shoulder. When the censor gets wet, it makes a loud sound that wakes him up. The first couple nights, the alarm woke me up before him and I would take him to the potty to finish in the toilet. Then he started waking up by himself when it went off. Now, he's waking up most of the time before the alarm goes off and the bed stays dry about 50% of nights. I'm told that his success rate will get better, but he might need to wear the alarm for a few months.

Leslie - posted on 02/24/2009

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My son was halfway through 2nd grade and still wearing a pull-up when I begged my pediatrician for advice. Her response (which really kept everything in perspective) was, "Relax. Some boys do not stop bedwetting until 8 or 9 years old. But, look at it this way...he'll be potty trained by the time he goes to high school!" It put some humor on an issue that was so troublesome to me; and sure enough, by the end of 2nd grade, he no longer wet the bed at night. Good luck and relax...he'll stop bed wetting in due time.

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My little one is almost 5 and I wake her up before I go to bed to go the bathroom I did this for about a week and after that she does her self now I started this when she was 3

Tabitha - posted on 02/24/2009

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I have a 4 yr old and I didn't think he would stop peeing at night either.  I started a reward chart with him.  If he went so many nights with out wetting he got to do something or get something.  I also took the pullups away.  I heard that they don't feel it in them so they may not know it.  It sucked to change the bed everyday, but he has not peed the bed in 4 months now.

Leanne - posted on 02/24/2009

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also, stopping too many drinks (esp fizzy drinks) in the evening, and then just let him have a small drink before bed

Leanne - posted on 02/24/2009

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my little one is 4 and a half and she still wears a pull up at night, ive queeried this with the doctor and apparently they dont start to worry about it until the child is 7-8.

it is a worry for us mums though! have you tried waking him to use the toilet when you go up to bed? you might find that if you just stop using nappies he learns by himself if he feels uncomfortable being wet

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