how do you get your kids to not wet the bed

Ashley - posted on 07/27/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




i have tried getting them up in the middle of the night but it is not working my son is five and my daughter is two

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Megan - posted on 01/14/2013




For young kids just get some washable waterproof undies and give it some time.
If the bedwetting continues past the age of 7 then you may want to try a bedwetting alarm. I used a bedwetting alarm with my 8 year old. And in less than three months he went from wet every single night to dry every single night. I found a lot of positive information about bedwetting and alarm use at
Good luck and God Bless!
Also, I found waterproof undies, the alarms and waterproof mattress pads at this webstore:
Good luck and God Bless!

Jodi - posted on 07/27/2009




I think expecting a 2 year old not to wet the bed is expecting a bit too much. Our brains are wired with a trigger to let us know when it is time to wake up and go to the toilet. In a 2 year old, this trigger is likely to be immature. Even once it is mature, some children sleep so heavily they sleep through the signal. But an average 2 year old does still wet the bed, so it is perfectly normal. I'd say with her, you need to use night nappies and exercise patience.

It is not at all uncommon for a 5 year old to be still wetting the bed. 75% of 5 year olds are dry at night. 25% are not. So don't feel that this is unusual. It is usually recommended that it be checked out for any underlying medical issues if they are still wetting the bed by the time they are 6, so you could certainly go and see your doctor to rule this out. If there is no medical issue, you could try the alarm, but a lot of kids with no medical issues still wet the bed until they are quite old. You could try the alarm system and see if that works.

My step-son is 10 and still wets the bed every night - we use pull-ups, but nothing we have tried works. He will eventually outgrow it, but we just have to be patient. Bedwetting at a late age is generally hereditary - my husband wet his bed until he was about 10 or 11.

Valda - posted on 07/27/2009




my eldest son didn't stop wetting the bed till he was 9yrs.... he had an alarm that should have woken him when he started to wet the bed...... it didn't wake him at all just woke the rest of the house... he was such a deep sleeper he just didn't hear the alarm... but he did grow out of 2nd son was about 3 when he stopped wetting the bed and now i'm working on my 2 year old she is dry in the day but not at night yet...

Melissa - posted on 07/27/2009




After ruling out any possible medical conditions, really patients is the only way to go. Of course limiting their liquid intake in the evenings, and even waking them up to potty help. But, sometimes it just takes time.

Barb - posted on 07/27/2009




do not give them nothing to drink after 7pm. It worked for me. I have a 4 year old and a 7 year old.

Sharon - posted on 07/27/2009




Well, never nag or scold. It doesn't help.

Eliminate a medical issue first, at least with the 5 yr old.

then cut out drinks before bedtime. About 2 or 3 hours before bedtime. I bought a set of colorful acrylic shot glasses for my kids to use for their mouthwash - those are perfect for one mouthful of water to eliminate over drinking.

and be patient. They do grow out of it. My husband never wets the bed! Kidding, ok well I'm not, he doesn't wet the bed, lol my point was they do grow out of it. Get mattress protectors, and extra sheets.

There have been some other posts about this, some people with older children use a nasal diuretic(sp?) prescribed by their peds.

My oldest was soooo hard to potty train. I really had to fight with my hubby to not scold him. My brother was the same way - difficult with the nighttime bedwetting and my dad was an ass about it. Belittling him constantly. I swore I wouldn't do that to my kids if it happened. Not to say I didn't ever lose my cool about it. Its hard to be rational when you're short on sleep!

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