bed wetter

Kathy - posted on 03/15/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have an 8 year old daughter that still wets the bed , how can I stop this , or is it something that she has to outgrow ?

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Jodi - posted on 03/15/2011

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Kathy, it depends. For some children it is something they need to outgrow, for others, there could be a medical condition or psychological condition causing it.

I would suggest you take her to the doctor to at least get her checked for any medical condition which may be causing it. Your doctor will then be able to give you some advice about how to move forward.

I have a step-son who is a bedwetter and he is now almost 12....still waiting for him to outgrow it, and we have tried everything (bedwetting alarms, restricting liquids, increasing liquids to stretch the bladder, removing things from his diet, you name it).

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Jodi - posted on 03/15/2011

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Oh, I've also been told that sometimes it is a brain maturity thing, and puberty will often kick it into gear. IF by the time they hit puberty it hasn't resolved itself, apparently there is something they can give them to kick start it. I don't know much about it, but my step-son has an appointment with a pediatrician to investigate this possibility.

Jodi - posted on 03/15/2011

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Kathy, if you've tried all those things, I would just double check that it isn't a physical problem (there are tests they can do), you want to eliminate anything medical, then, failing that, lots of patience.

For my step-son we use pull-ups, but because he is so big now, he often wets right through them, so I make the bed up with a plastic mattress protector and sheet, and then another plastic over the top and sheet, so he has spares on the bed in case he wakes wet in the middle of the night. I have taught him how to strip and make his bed and to use the washing machine, so he is now responsible for taking care of it himself. I don't see that as punishment but rather, responsibility.

But I do understand your frustration.

Kathy - posted on 03/15/2011

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Thanks Jodi that was very helpful. I have had her to a doctor here approximately 1 year ago and she said to try for a year to `` train `` her and I was just wondering if there was anything else out there that someone else has tried and was successful with and I have tried all your suggestions , so I guess it is back to the doctors to see what else that we can do .

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