Bed wetting

Amanda - posted on 11/28/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies! I was wondering if anyone else had this problem with their children or might find what I've gone through useful.

My son is now in kindergarden and we've had bed-wetting problems since potty training. We bought waterproof matress pads, took him to the pediatrician, taught him how to clean himself up at night when it happened, woke up in the middle of the night to take him to the bathroom, stopped giving liquids after 6, changed his diet, the list goes on and on. I will note that this issue is pretty common on my side of the family, and typically occurred more often in boys. We just couldn't figure out what the problem was. Wetting occurred more frequently when routines changed, we moved, he changed schools, sleepovers with cousins, etc. He just can't help it, and it's embarrasing for him. He started kindergarden this year and the first 2 weeks he had an accident every night. As he settled into the routine the frequency decreased, but he still was having accidents. He was ending up sleeping on the couch, his comforters, anything but his bed it seemed. He finally told us that he wasn't sleeping well because his bed was too hard.

We decided he needed a new mattress, and since the one he has is a firm that we bought a year ago when we moved, we didn't want to invest a huge amount into something that we didn't know would help. We actually went to a local matress factory and bought an inch thick piece of foam to put over the existing mattress but under the sheet. The bed is much softer now and he sleeps through the night. The bed wetting stopped the first night the foam was used, and hasn't happened in over 4 months!!! He had a sleepover with his cousins the other night and they slept on our couches... and he had an accident. The only thing I can figure is that the harder sleeping surface was making him uncomfortable and causing him to wake during the night just enough to wet, but not enough to be aware he had to go. The next mattress we purchase him will be an extra soft and his sister will get the firmer one when she is big enough.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had this same experience or had something similar happen??

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Jacqui - posted on 11/29/2010

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Hi there my daught has a transit bladder condition and our consultant told us to eliminate blackcurrent drinks from her diet as they stimulate the bladder linning. It helped a little bit. But the mattress sounds like part of the issue. Good luck cheers from Jacqui

Amanda - posted on 11/29/2010

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Thanks Katherine. I have had him checked...several times by several doctors. It just seems to be a hereditary thing that is more common in some families than others. I am going to mention it at his next wellness check.

Katherine - posted on 11/28/2010

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I was just thinking and sometimes if kidneys are involved, or there is a problem...a hard mattress would exacerbate a wetting problem. You may want to have him seen.

Katherine - posted on 11/28/2010

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I've never correlated those 2 things, but that does seem to make some sense. My 5yo sometimes wets when she stressed out. She hasn't wet in a long time though.

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