!0 yr od Bedwetter

Margaret - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We have tryed everyting we can think of she trys hard but is a deep sleeper any suggestions?

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Crystal - posted on 02/17/2011

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I agree wake her up in the middle of the night. My sister was prescribed a nasal spray at this age. She only had to use it 2 or 3 times and it cured it. I would ask your doctor. That was 16 years ago, they probably have something that works better now. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/17/2011

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I think that at a certain age (I believe it's typically from 10-12, or maybe a little longer), they do tend to grow out of it and unless there is a medical condition, there is probably very little you can do except try to be patient and not make her feel embarrassed about it (I'm sure it's embarrassing alone). If the doctors are sure there are no medical conditions, stay away from unnecessary medications........she's still young and she still has time to get it under control. My nephew was about 12 when he stopped wetting the bed.

Try waking her up at a certain time each night, this will train her bladder to go at a certain time and hopefully she will get use to you waking her up at this time and she will start waking up on her own. This is hard, I know, especially if you are sleeping good yourself, but it's worth it to her and for her. Also, there is the obvious, stop her from drinking after a certain time and limit the amount she drinks during the day. Sometimes children will sit and drink simply because it's there for them to get. Granted, drinking water and certain juices are good for them, but if she's having problems with bed wetting, it might be something you have to limit her from doing. Of course you will want to explain it to her so that she is not upset or feel as if she's being punished; just let her know that it's something you want to try just to see if it will help her (if you all have not already tried this).

Also, I know she is 10, but do you think there is some fear there of getting up at night, or is it just that she is a heavy sleeper? If there is some fear, try putting a dim lamp in her room, or a fancy night light; you can even try leaving the bathroom light on, or buying a night light for the bathroom. Since she's ten, you might even want to consider getting her an alarm clock and setting it to go off at a certain time during the night. For the first couple of weeks you might have to get up to make sure she is waking up, but eventually she will start waking up on her own when she hears the alarm clock go off. Also, I'm sure you've tried this, but another idea is to make her use the restroom before bed and going back to the drinks, stop her from drinking anything about 1-2 hours before bedtime.

You may even want to purchase a plastic bed cover for her bed to go under the sheet, supposedly these allow the child to feel when they are wet and they will wake up themselves before actually completing the act and go to the restroom. Also, here is something that if you choose to do, you would want to keep it between you and your daughter and not share it with anyone (as it may be embarrassing to her and if you tell her dad, tell him in private, especially if she's a "girlie girl"), but you could consider purchasing her some depends to wear at night or depending on how small she is, some of those underpants designed for children who wet their beds (can't remember the brand name). This sounds crazy, but hopefully she will began to feel herself when she's wet, or starting to wet herself and wake herself up. I would only recommend this as a last result; it's not a bad thing, it's just not something you want to do for a young child I'm sure, but remember the goal is to help her kick the "habit."

Good luck and again, stay patient and try not to embarrass her...no matter how frustrating it gets.

Louise - posted on 02/17/2011

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Have you tried waking your son up before you go to bed and taking him to the toilet. He should then get into a routine of waking peeing and then going back to sleep. I would also make sure that there is nothing going on in his bladder by requesting a urine test. Also restrict his fluid in take an hour and a half before bed.

Poor chap must feel very embarassed about it all so try and stay sypathetic.

Lisa - posted on 02/16/2011

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I was a bedwetter until almost 12 years of age. It's embarressing and devastating for a child. Make an appointment with her doctor to rule out any abnormalities, otherwise, patience and understanding and time.

Jodi - posted on 02/16/2011

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How long ago did you go to the doctor? My stepson still wets the bed at 11 (almost 12). The advice was he would outgrow it when he hit puberty, but he hasn't (he has started going through puberty now). They suspect it may be a hormonal issue, and that a course of hormones may trigger the gland that is causing the imbalance. We are back to see a specialist abotu it shortly. Anyway, that's why I though I'd ask how long since she saw a doctor, and at the time, did they run any tests, and was the doctor a specialist (such as a urologist)?

Aliska - posted on 02/16/2011

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Ask your doctor to refer you to a bed wetting clinic at a children's hospital. Once any physical problems are ruled out I think the bed alarm system would be worth a try. At 10 the child can handle this themselves and should be very motivated to solve this problem as they are at the 'sleep-over' age. It can take a while and is often 1 step forward, 2 steps back but you will get there. Have been dealing with this on and off with my 12 year old for the last 6 yrs or so! Get the referral!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/16/2011

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I ask because my 16 yr old started having incontinence issues at night this summer, and after a couple of weeks of testing it was determined that at some point he'd gotten a crushed urethra, causing backup into the kidneys, and medical issues. When it was finally discovered, he was at 30% kidney function.
He'd been a-symptomatic up until the very, very end of the ordeal. Fortunately, excellent docs at Children's hospital pulled him through.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/16/2011

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Have they checked for urinary infections or kidney issues?

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