"A 41/2 year old wetting their pants?" what do you think?

Emilie - posted on 06/25/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been having some wetting accedents latley. One time it happened we was at a play area in the mall, and I noticed that she had wet herself a little. When I said something to her about it she said that she didn't pee. That has happened a few times in the past couple weeks. I don't know if she is so busy playing that it just leaks out or if she has a bladder problem to where she can't hold it in. I don't know if she actually don't know that she peed or if she is fibbing because she is afraid of being in trouble. I just don't know what it is and I don't know if I should take her to the doctor about it or just let it go.

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Dee - posted on 06/27/2011

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I think there are a few more things you need to look in this situation. My oldest daughter started having accidents more and more, so we took her to the doctor to see if it was an infection and she ended up being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

They say that children can have accidents up until they are 6 years old and it is normal. If the only time she does it is when is very involved with playing, then I would caulk it up to that.

However, if she has any of the following, I would see a doctor as soon as possible, just to rule out anything more serious.

How often does this happen?
Does she have any kind of pain when urinating?
Does she fully empty her bladder every time?
Does it seem like she is going to the bathroom more often (even if she doesn't have an accident)?
Does she seem more thirsty or hungry than normal?
Are they eating a lot and losing weight?

My youngest is one of those that doesn't like to take the time out of playing to go potty, so I have to remind her to go, or make her go before she starts playing. I also do know quite a few younger children who get and are prone to bladder infections. If she only does this occasional, then its probably nothing to worry about, how ever, some times it's best to play on the safe side and get a doctor's opinion. Good luck!!!

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I'd take her to the doctor to rule out an infection, but this happened to my girls til they were 8! I forget what the doctor called it, but it's fairly common to happen in younger children... and some older ones as well. There is treatment available, but we chose to wait it out and work on it w/out medication.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/25/2011

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You can take her to the doc to make sure she doesn't have an infection, but this sort of thing is common. My oldest daughter who is 6, just had an accident a couple weeks ago. It usually happens because they are too busy playing to take the time to go. Usually all it takes is a simple reminder to go when it's been a while, or if she says she doesn't have to go, you can do what I did. I would just say come on, mommy has to pee, and you have to go to the bathroom with me so you may as well try anyway.

Tamara - posted on 06/25/2011

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To me it sounds like she is just having fun and don't realize it. Maybe start doing bathroom breaks or something like that before she goes to play or gets to busy.

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