Bed wetting

Marina - posted on 08/03/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I need advise/help! Our daughter is 6 (soon to be 7) and has a problem with going to the toilet when she needs it. She will leave it to the last minute and argue that she doesn't need it. When she does go she will sing out loud and act very silly. She has also from time to time wet the bed recently - either that or has dribbled in her pants. We have tried to be nice about it, row her, ignore it etc. I have taken her aside and spoken to her as gently as possible. Toilet training her was no bother. She is one of the happiest children you could ever meet - always singing away to herself and very pleasant. She does very well at school and has no problem with friends. Our home life is also great. Please help!

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Linda - posted on 08/03/2011

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Well..if she's never been completely dry at night, then it could be that she is just one of those who need to grow older before they are able. Two of my sons were not dry at night until age 10--we just used the goodnites at night. Then, all of a sudden one day, poof! No more problems! As far as during the day goes, she could just be caught up in the excitement of whatever she is doing and doesn't want to take time for the bathroom. If this is the case, I might try to put her on a schedule. Make her go in every hour or every two hours, or whatever works. I assume the doctor did check her for a UTI, right?

Marina - posted on 08/03/2011

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Sorry - I didn't make it very clear! During the day it's more dribbles she'll do in her pants. She will also deny that she needs the toilet even though it's obvious she's bursting. When she does go, it's then that she acts all silly. We even reckon that she doesn't do her full toilet as shortly after she will need again. When she was toilet trained as a younger child, we had no problems with her at all. She doesn't wet the bed every night, in fact, the bed has only been wet a couple of times, but her pants and pj's are wet. Even if she hasn't fully wet herself, there's always a smell off her pants. I would say that all this started a number of months ago. I did have her at the doctor at the beginning of the year because she was itching and when examined by our GP, she thought maybe she had had worms, so she (and the rest of us) were treated for that. Phew! Bet you're sorry you asked!

Linda - posted on 08/03/2011

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I'm a little confused. Does she have accidents during the day or only at night? Has she consistently wet the bed from when you first trained her, or is this bed-wetting something new?

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The reason I mention the doctor is cuz recent wetting can be a sign of an infection. If she's always been that way though.... it's probably not an infection, but it's best to rule it out anyway.

Marina - posted on 08/03/2011

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Hey Teresa. Thanks for your response. I haven't taken her to the doctor yet as I have a feeling they will just go down the route of 'is anything troubling her', 'is she happy' and so on! I have a feeling it might come to that though

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Have you taken her to the doctor and had her checked for any infection?

Other than that... I have no clue. Sounds similar to my girls at that age. They eventually (at 8.5) outgrew it.

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