5 and 6 yr olds still peeing their beds at night... Help!!

Kendra - posted on 06/24/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 year old daughter and a 6 year old son that still pee their beds at night. I am trying so hard to get them off diapers. We don't allow them anything to drink after dinner and have them go pee right before bed and when I go to bed. They still have accidents almost everynight. I am so sick of washing sheets everyday!! I also hate spending so much money of diapers. It is also very embrassing for them. Esepically my son who is starting to have sleepovers often and has to go hide and put a diaper on before bed so no one will know. Please give me any suggestions or advice!!

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Gina - posted on 06/27/2010

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I peed the bed until I was 11. My doc put me on a med called Tofranil (spelling?) and I never peed again. My parents had tried everything: no drinking after 6, waking me up in the middle of the night to go) nothing worked but the meds. I had a pad I would take to sleepovers with me that absorbed the pee, and there are diapers that are very thin. But I would talk to their pediatrician. I was, also, very embarrassed and felt horrible about not going to sleepovers (but then horrible once I was there too).

Stephanie - posted on 06/27/2010

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you should talk to their doctor, it could be a bladder issue.. i wet the bed until i was 9.. my body didn't tell me to wake up to go

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Stina - posted on 06/27/2010

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If one or both parents wet the bed as a child, there is an increased chance of your children also being bedwetters. Their bodies just aren't developed enough to stay dry all night yet.

My son will be 6 in September and after several months of pullups at night, he has begun to express a desire to be out of the diapers and stay dry at night. He's trying very hard but still wets most nights. We'll be bringing this up with his pediatrician at our next well child visit this summer. Both his dad and I remember wetting the bed as children.

Heather - posted on 06/27/2010

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my daughter was out of night nappies at 3 and she had accidents up untill she was about 8 on and off. sometimes it would happen several times a week, then not for a few months then several times a week again. this went on for years like this. i think she was scared to get up at night to go to the toilet because we used to have an outside toilet. the dr told me to start waking her to go to the toilet b4 i went to bed at night to see if that helped along with no drinks after a certain time etc.. a check up sounds like a good idea if you are that worried about both of your kids. good luck with it all!

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Some children just stop at different ages. It runs in the family. My family all stopped at very late ages- 11 and up. My late grandmother's brother never stopped and had to sleep in a chair.

I know it's frustrating but remember your kids aren't doing it on purpose. One way you can both help yourself and them is to teach them how to strip the bed and put the wet stuff someplace else by themselves. That way they feel a little more control and some of the work is off you. If you think they can handle it, show them how to work the washing machine.

Charlene - posted on 06/24/2010

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I know it is so frustrating, my oldest daughter who is now 15 was potty trained at age 3 she was doing so good for awhile and all of a sudden at 7 or 8 she started peeing the bed again. I was so mad. I took her to the doctor they checked her and everything was fine. I never gave her anything to drink at night. The doctor suggested to me not to give her any more caffeine no tea or sodas. Caffeine is will stimulate your badder. After a week or so she stopped with an occasional accident.

Christiane - posted on 06/24/2010

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I agree, you need to take them to there doctor/pediatrician then a referral to a urologist. I had a sister with a spastic bladder, they gave her some pills that was a short treatment. When the pills were done for some good reason the pills relaxed the bladder and it was no longer spastic. No more wet bed. I definitely encourage going for medical opinion/help. Sometimes its there age, but not sure at this age it could be something more that can be fixed with as simple as a pill?

Josie - posted on 06/24/2010

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My niece used to pee the bed at night. Some kids just can't control their bladder at night. She hit puberty at a young age (4th grade I think) and all of a sudden it just stopped.

Marissa - posted on 06/24/2010

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hi my little brother used to wet the bed, and when we went to the doctor he said it was a sign of insecurity, he said that my brother did not feel safe of comfortable in his bed. so we moved him up by my moms room and it stopped :D

Heather - posted on 06/24/2010

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Hi, I would see a doctor. My sister had an immature bladder and she wet the bed long after she was 6. I am sure this is not easy. I know my sister was very troubled by it but they just didn't know back then. Good luck and wish you all the best! :) Heather

P.S. They have special pull-ups or something like that, that look like underwear and no one can tell. Maybe look into buying some for you son. Good luck! :)

Jackie - posted on 06/24/2010

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When I was young, a friends little brother had that problem and it turns out he had a small bladder and some other medical problems. Being that BOTH of your kids are having this problem, it could be a genetic thing... I don't know. Just a thought

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