9 year old son still wetting bed overnight

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2013 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 9 year old son can't stay dry overnight, he still wears a pull up every night. I first asked his pediatrician what to do, she suggested limiting his liquid intake. That didn't work at all! I tried letting him not wear the

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Marie - posted on 06/01/2013

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Hi Jennifer,
My son is nine also and still wetting the bed. I just got him an alarm to stop him wetting. My sister got it for her child and it worked. He is so excited about the idea of no pullup so fingers crossed it works I got it from www.bedwettingalarm.ie (bas rodger) I will let you know if it works!!!

Andrea - posted on 06/04/2013

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Your son is precious. Love on him, encourage him and keep this small area of his life private. It will stop, I promise.

Holly - posted on 06/03/2013

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Jennifer,
I work for a chiropractor and I have seen many children come in with issues of bedwetting and receive several treatments and their problem is solved. Would be worth it to give it a try I think. Find a chiropractic who deals with children if you don't have one that you go to. To me it's better then having to put children on medicine if they don't need it.

Danielle - posted on 06/02/2013

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My doc said it was heridtary and that it would stop at around 13 yrs old and she was right. The most important thing is that you don't make the kid feel bad. They can't help it & its not there fault.

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2013

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The pull up but I was changing his sheets like 4 times each night!! Then I finally took him to see the urologist. He told me that 15% of kids his age are not potty trained overnight. He had me get an ultrasound of his kidneys to make sure that everything was working ok, it all came back normal. He then prescribed a medicine that would turn off his bladder for 8 hours while he sleeps. That didn't work! Then he prescribed another medication that works with his brain to stop him from going. That one didn't work either! Then he said to try the 2 together, that worked! Finally!! But now him being almost 10 years old, he wants to know why this is happening to him? Anyone out there have any other suggestions please share?

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Kim - posted on 06/04/2013

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I agree, there are other options rather than resorting to medication right away. In my view medication is the last resort. I've read on this thread that there are young people reaching 18 who are still wetting overnight, those are extreem cases that could be helped by medication, it's hard to say, but I too take my son to a chiropractor twice a week, and it is helping him. Before resorting to medications, I would seek the advice of a reputable chiropractor who's practice focuses on whole life and whole body wellness.

User - posted on 06/04/2013

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I would absolutely recommend the bedwetting alarm. Worked on my 9 yr old who NEVER had a dry night, no matter what I would do. Bought it on the internet as someone above recommended. Helps the brain recognize the urge! It worked in the first week, though I had him wear it for a few months. I was amazed because I had tried all the usual - except medication.

Sarah - posted on 06/04/2013

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My 9 year old daughter was the same way up until a few weeks ago. We just tried waking her up every few hours to get her to go.We also limited the fluid intake, and we don't let her drink anything after 6 (she goes to bed at 8:30). She still has to be woke up but she is doing much better now. I know that it is frustrating, however, I am sure that he will outgrown it when he's body is ready.

Margaret - posted on 06/03/2013

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Hello Jennifer,
I can relate to your situation a lot. My son whom is now 12 had the same problem. It went from age 7 until 10. We went through sleep tests and everything. Turns out, they said he was in such a deep sleep that he couldn't control it. I learned not to get frustrated to deal with it. I used mats underneath him every night. He is now, leak free.It will stop, I promise you that. : )

Malia - posted on 06/02/2013

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I learned that it can be caused by food allergies. Have you considered an elimination diet or food allergy testing?

Kim - posted on 06/01/2013

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I agree with outgrowing it when they hit puberty, my son is 11 and still has trouble occasionally, he is getting much better as he is maturing, and having bodily changes. I believe he is sincere when he says he just can't wake himself up, he doesn't know when it's about to happen, and I know he doesn't want it to happen. At 11 he refuses to wear pull-ups...even adult type. I try to stay encouraging, and not make him feel bad when it happens, he feels bad enough himself. We limit his liquid intake in the evening, and make sure he goes before bed. He does better when he gets pleanty of sleep and is not exausted by lack of sleep.

Jodi - posted on 05/31/2013

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My step son was a bedwetter until he was almost 13. It is a lot more common than you think. Most children outgrow it when they hit puberty. We had tried medication when he was about 8 or 9 and it didn't work, but then we tried it for only 6 weeks when he was older, and it worked. He hasn't had a wet night since. So I would say your son just isn't ready yet. His hormones will probably resolve the issue when he is ready :)

Dove - posted on 05/31/2013

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Let him know that he is normal. Some kids are dry through the night very early... some not til teens. Either end of the spectrum is normal. He is not alone. My friend has a 13 year old son that still wears a pull up at night. He can't help it.

Jennifer - posted on 05/31/2013

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Desmopressin-reduces urine production & Imiprimine-is an antidepressant, used for depression an enuresis.

Sascha - posted on 05/31/2013

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Hi Jennifer,

Can you share which medications were prescribed? I'm seeking solutions myself for my daughter who is about the same age. I've heard the same things from my pediatrician. I've also heard enuresis can be hereditary.

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