Morning Ladies

Tshego - posted on 06/22/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a challenge and I am starting to feel really frustrated.My 5 year old son is still wetting his bed at night, I have tried waking him up 3 times at night and he still wets him self in between .
Sometimes I just wonder if the fact that he was born pre maturely can be a contributing factor to this.PLEASE ADVICE.



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Tshego - posted on 06/23/2014

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Thank you for the response, I feel a lot better and this will help me handle the situation better.

Michelle - posted on 06/23/2014

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It can take some children into their early teens to fully night trained, it's normal.
Make sure you have a couple of good mattress protectors and have a couple of changes of sheets ready to go so you don't have to rummage around in the middle of the night.

Sida Lee - posted on 06/23/2014

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My son did the same exact thing and I was freaking out thinking something was wrong with him. Assuming there is no stress factor taking place in his life, his actions are natural for a child of his age.

This is how our pediatrician explained it, in her wonderful comical way. At night if our bladder becomes full, the bladder sends out his messenger to tell the brain, "Hey, we have to go to the potty down here, you need to wake mom up before it's too late".

As for my son, his bladder messenger has a very slow horse and just can't get to the brain soon enough to wake him up. The bladder get's tired of waiting for the brain and takes matters into his own hands.

This situation tends to last a little longer in boys, but eventually they will grow out of it. If he's wetting the bed up to two or three times in one night, he's getting way too much liquid before bed. You need to limit his fluid intake two hours before bedtime. Try to avoid placing pull-ups on him, as this slows the "learning" process (or triggering the brain to wake him).

ABOVE ALL, don't use hurtful words in an attempt to make him feel guilty about what he's done, as this can lead to low shelf esteem and guilt, which could make matters worse. In the morning when you change his sheets, allow him to assist you.

While we don't like the problem and want it to stop quickly, there's nothing wrong with your son other than the fact that his brain is not sending out a strong enough signal to wake him. Good Luck!

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