Almost 5 year old suddenly wetting the bed.

Sheri - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Wondering if any of you have experienced this... Our next baby is due in 2 months and son #1 is only eager for his baby brother's arrival. He is a content kid and we've been doing our best to prepare and reassure him (of our love) for the past 7 months. Nothing dramatic has "happened" that we can think of - but he's wet the bed every night for the past 4 nights. The only recent change in our household is that he and my husband have swapped beds (due to my husband's insomnia and my frequent bathroom trips and snoring) but that started 3 weeks ago and my son relishes sleeping in my bed with me. I've heard we should ask his Ped to rule out a UTI... but I was wondering if any other moms had an older sibling who started wetting the bed *before* the new baby came? What are your thoughts and suggestions on my 5 year old suddenly wetting the bed?

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Kathie - posted on 02/17/2009

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When my daughter was young I had this problem, and found that by giving her milk before she went to bed was causing my problem. The lactose in the milk would make her sleep so soundly that she did not realize that she had to go to the bathroom and would sleep right through it. Once I stopped the milk before bed, the problem stopped.

Joy - posted on 02/17/2009

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I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old,When I was pregnant my 5 year old girl started to wet the bed. I though she was doing the reverting back to earlier in childhood , so I waited then after she did it for a week straight I brought her to the peditrician and found out that she had a UTI.

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Jennifer - posted on 04/06/2012

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Our daughter had been potty trained for about 2 1/2 years when she started wetting the bed. We didn't think much of it at the time other than to stop her liquid consumption an hour before bedtime and making her go right before story time. It didn't help the bed wetting. A couple weeks later we noticed her drinking A LOT, and getting distressed when we wouldn't let her drink, and quickly losing weight. She ended up being diagnosed with diabetes. It's an easy urine ketone test to rule it out. We had a diagnosis within 5 minutes of getting to the doctor's office. I wouldn't worry, but spontaneous bed wetting should be addressed if it doesn't stop soon.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2011

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Has it been hotter there, causing him to drink more during the day? That was my first thought. My daughter started wetting the bed right before the baby was born, but we never found out why, and she still occasionaly does it. (she's 10 now) Good luck!

Anne - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter had a problem like this around when she turned 5.  Her issue turned out to be constipation.  She would get involved in what she was doing and not pay attention to her body's signals.  Finally when she would go it would hurt, so she started holding it in.  Her problem was solved by using an over-the-counter stool softener (Pedialax is the one we used -- the stool softener, not the laxative, be careful which you use).  A child's abdomen can only hold so much, so if the bowel is full it causes the bladder to hold less, hence the bed wetting.  No matter what the cause, it is best to visit the pediatrician to rule out UTI or diabetes if that runs in your family before self-diagnosing and treating.  All of the other replies from moms did go through our thoughts as well, because they are all equally likely.

Linda - posted on 02/17/2009

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I do not have experience with having a child who wets the bed. However, I have read that children can have such a reaction to distress due to change in routine. Children feel the safest when there is consistency.  Another, more negative reason could be abuse. I DO NOT want to alarm you, but I would make sure you rule it out. I wet the bed as a young child due to that reason.

Renee - posted on 02/17/2009

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My seven year old was dry, dry, dry at night until a year ago, and now it is a challenge we contend with every day. Our pediatrician suggested it may be a "flabby bladder" - given that he was always dry, but suddenly began wetting at night, and occasionally during the day. If kids hold their bladder a lot, it enlarges to the point they lose sensitivity and do not feel they need to go until it is too late. We bought our son a watch with a countdown timer which goes off every two hours, reminding him to pee. It has helped with his wetting during the day and cut back on his night-time wetting, but it's a process that will take a few months. We've also done the obvious - cut back on fluids in the evening, take him to the bathroom before we go to bed, etc. I feel you pain - especially if he's sharing your bed!

Leanne - posted on 02/17/2009

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some kids just wet the bed for no reson at all, he might just be sleeping more deeply due to being next to mum or others might have a problem that they dont know how to fix, maybe problem at school or at a carers, its probly something very small but to a 5 ear old its the biggests thing on earth, i found when my son wet the bed the bast way to deal with it was to talk to him about his day more and he would open up, the other things we did was not get angery, snipy or react at all, as that can make kids more worried about it and make the problem worise, make sure he has a drink with his tea then nothing till morning and has a wee before bed, that way if he does wet theres not much left in side him to wet with, gl, tgc

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