Still peeing pants ONLY @ night time and is 5 years old!!! HELP!!

Kelly - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old has been potty trained for about a year and a half when it comes to during the day, but cannot figure out the night time routine!!! And I'm REALLY worried about it! I know ppl say they'll do it "when they're ready", but I seriously am really worried with her already being 5 yrs old. She will go maybe 2 nights in a row without doing it, but then the next 2 nights she will!!! I've tried about everything, but am open to any new suggestions/advice!!!! She can't get it figured out! She is definitely a heavy sleeper (and gets that from me), which doesn't help the situation. We take her to the bathroom b4 she goes to bed, we don't allow drinks past dinner, we even wake her up in the middle of the night (but she even pees one hour after going to bed when we even just took her to the bathroom b4 she went to bed), we've tried all types of rewards with her, we have taken things away, she doesn't wear pull ups (we just do A LOT of laundry), and her mattress is pretty much ruined (even though we try to clean it the best we can)! I don't know what else to do!!! HELP ME!!!!

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If you are really that concerned do see a doctor.. The other thing i have heard is that it can be a family history thing so ask around and see who wet the bed longer and at what age it stoppped as this can give you an idea of time frame... I think taking things away from her doesn't really help as it is something she has no control over... My suggestion is get some waterproof mattress protectors so the mattress is saved a bit and is easier to clean especially in the middle of the night or get her some night pants.. Huggies has a range called dry nights and they sit like pants and fit really well... It will just take the pressure off all of you and really it will come in their own time.. being a heavy sleeper just doesn't help... I hope this has been of some help to you. Best of luck

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Ann - posted on 09/27/2012

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any one know what to do for night time acidents. who like washing all the time a bed?

Louise - posted on 04/23/2010

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I wouldn't worry about the night-time at all. As long as she is dry in the day that's the main part sorted. I have four children and I have never pushed the nighttime dryness - my youngest is still in nappies (at 2.5) but the other three wore nappy pants to bed until, eventually, even as late as five years old, they were dry.... no hassle, no upsets.
The alternative is everyone being disturbed in the middle of the night with an upset child and sheets to change - which only adds to your washing pile and general stress!
My friend's son still wore nappy pants till he was about 7 and they just didn't make an issue of it, although he was very aware that other children weren't wearing them.
I think if you tried pull-ups both you and your daughter would be a lot less stressed about the situation and then everyone could relax for a bit.

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2010

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i hope this does not come as an added worry for you or your family, but I would definitely take her to a doctor. I had similar difficulties when I was a child and they found ( too late to operate) that I had an underdeveloped bladder. This may not be the case at all with your daughter, but there could be some sort of underlying issue. If all the results come back fine, then discussing some way of dealing with the situation with your pediatrician would be the next step I'd take. Hope this was somewhat helpful.

Amber - posted on 04/20/2010

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My daughter has a pull up for bed time she is 4 and has been potty trained since she was 2. So I'm in the same boat I'm not sure when/or if I should push her about not peeing at night. I'm not sure if I should let her go to bed with out the pull up and just let her wet herself at night so she learns the sensation. Or just keep waiting for her own progression. At least your child has some dry nights my daughter has only woke up once in the last 2 months with a dry pull up and we made it a party:-) but after the next two night of wetting her pull up she told me "maybe when i'm 5 i won't pee in my pull up mommy" broke my heart I don't want her to feel bad if she pee's but again I don't know what it the normal age to stop peeing through the night. We also do the no drinks after dinner and we pee before bedtime. What is the average age for not peeing at night?

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