Bed wetting at 8

Kellie - posted on 05/25/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is tuning 8 next month and still wets the bed. Mind you, he is wide awake when he does it. I give him nothing to drink 2 hours before bed. He used bathroom multiple times before bed. I have taken him out of pull-ups a while ago and he did not wet the bed for 3 weeks. Just last weekend he started again. I check his bed when I get up (30 minutes before him) and his bed is dry and he's asleep, then I come back 30 minutes later and the bed is soaked and he's wide awake. He refuses to get up and go or even tell someone he has to go. When I ask him "why" he simply says "because I wanted to". Does anyone out there have any advice for me because I have tried everything and nothing seems to work.

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Denise - posted on 05/27/2013

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If you been coping with it for this long, then it is likely you have looked into medical reasons why this is occurring. Thus, there must be a behavioral motivation. We learn through consequences -- both positive consequences and negative consequences. Somehow, he if feeling rewarded by his behavior (attention even if it is negative can motivate). Keep the pull ups on but call them diapers -- after all, that is what they are and they are for babies. Have him change his own bed, he is old enough to do that. Figure out how to reward good nights and take away privileges for those bad nights. Also, be honest with him and let him know that wetting the bed is unacceptable and foolish especially for someone his age. My favorite proverbs for my kids and when I was teaching might also work: "As a dog returns to their vomit, so a fool returns to his mistake." (Proverbs 26:11) Then I ask, "How are you having?"

Cecilia - posted on 05/25/2013

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I would also suggest having him clean the mess. Have him scrub the bed and clean the bedding. He sounds like he has a little bit of an attitude but that might be because he is embarrassed.

Also when you get up 30 minutes before him and he's dry wake him up and have him go to the bathroom then.

Until it becomes under control instead of putting him in pull-ups, go find a cloth water-proof bed cover. This way he doesn't feel embarrassed and it's more comfortable than those rubber sheets. It's easy to clean just throw it in the washer with the rest of the bedding and no big deal.

Maybe call the doctor and see if they can help.

Kellie - posted on 05/25/2013

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He does strip, wash, and make his own. I will no longer do it. It's only at night. A few times he has done it durning the day while smiling at me letting me know with his own words that he is peeing. He shares a room with his brother who is 11 months older who is now starting to come in my room because his room constantly smells. I have 4 children and have never been through any of this. This is making me crazy because I just don't understand.

Kristen - posted on 05/25/2013

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I have same issue with my 7 year old. His gets bad when he stresses about not seeing his dad. He also seemed to wet more when he has growing pains. I don't change his bed for him or anything. He has to do it all himself. By making him clean up himself it helps. Try having him take his own sheets and dirty clothes and put them in the wash. See if that helps. My son also had an over active bladder that has gotten better. Also maybe try when you check on him if he is dry make him get up and go to the bathroom since him waking up on his own and getting up and going on his own does not seem to be working. Does he only have night time problems? Or does he have problems during day as well?

Kellie - posted on 05/25/2013

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No. Nothing at all has changed. I have been on this on again off again path with him for a very long time. That's why I feel the need for some advice from other moms now. Nothing I do seems to work.

Kristen - posted on 05/25/2013

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Has there been any changes in the last week? Sounds like he is acting out for some reason.

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