My son is 9 and still having accidents...doctor says it's part of having ADHD, but I think it's more than that....any ideas?

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Jane - posted on 02/09/2012

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Why do you think it is something more than ADHD? Bedwetting and even daytime accidents are very common in kids with ADHD, especially boys.



My son, who has ADHD, wet the bed nightly until he was 14. Two factors can contribute to this. One is that the frontal lobe is the controller for the bladder and it doesn't mature as quickly in kids with ADHD. The other is that a lot of kids with ADHD sleep very deeply once they get to sleep and don't "hear" their bladder warning them.



There are several things you can do to help your son stop having so many accidents at night. First, restrict liquids within two hours of bedtime. Another is to wake him up part way through the night and walk him to the bathroom and have him pee. There are also moisture sensors linked with alarms that can help him train himself to wake up when his bladder is full. There are also ways to train the bladder to hold more liquid. And finally, there are medications for both bedwetting and daytime accidents.



We used Desmopressin (DDAVP, Stimate) for about six months with my son and it made an enormous difference. Oxybutynin (Ditropan) stops bladder contractions (like Vesicare) and so helps with day time accidents. Imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil) works sort of like DDVAP but has potentially severe side effects.

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