How can I get my 6 year old son to stop wetting the bed at night?

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Dorothy - posted on 04/29/2009

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Is your son a deep sleeper? I had a son that did it till he was 9. They have pull ups for older children. The worst thing you can do is yell or punish him. I had a great pediatrician. When they are deep sleepers that alarm in their head doesn't go off. It can also be hereditary. My husband had it and now my grandson has it. There is a nose spray that can help from the doctor. Make sure you control how much he drinks after 6pm and make sure he goes before bed. Those are the best things I can tell you. My son is now 23 and in the navy and is fine. Don't give up.

Pascha - posted on 04/29/2009

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We don't allow our son to drink after 7pm. He is 4. If he says he's thirsty, we give him a few sips and explain why. Fortunately, he wants to wake up dry, I know some boys don't care.

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Florence Anobea - posted on 08/21/2014

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okay thanks to u all for ur advice I'll consider all and see if it helps her.

Mandy - posted on 04/29/2009

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If he is a deep sleeper do whwt i did with my son go and wake him up in the night and take him to the toilet.He will soon get used to this and then start doing it him self .Well it worked for me anyway.Good luck

Sharron - posted on 04/29/2009

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I have also been dealing with kids bed wetting.. lucky for me my older 3 got out off it pretty quick.. My 1st was 2yo when she stopped, next was 9yo when she stopped, next was 2.5yo when that one stopped wetting and my 11yo still does wet the bed...

I have been to the Dr a few times regarding this problem, firstly i was told yes it is heredity, Also haven a weak bladder dont help my youngest and being a deep sleeper... But my Dr asked me what time does my children go to bed, and i told her 8.30pm,, Dr has advised me to stop ALL drinks after 5.30pm as it takes a child up to 3 hours for it to hit their bladder and alert them.. Also i am to make sure my child drinks more in the day time than normal, so when she does stop drinking at 5.30pm her bladder fills more easily and she will go to toilet before she goes to sleep.. Yes this is working so far, But my main problem is when she is cold she wets... This i thought was due to her being lazy and not wanting to get up in the cold.. I have since put heating upstairs for them and with winter coming on we will test the theory,, But so far so good and stopping them 3 hours before bedtime, and giving them more in the day to drink has helped alot,, After a few tests Dr's have tried this has been the best.

Dianne - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had the same problem with bed wetting. I tried waking him up before I went to bed, medication, goodnight diapers, and would not let him have fluids after a certain hour. I was told by his doctor that sometimes it's just genetic (his uncle wet his bed until he was nine!), she also told me that it's more common for boys to wet their bed til a later age and girls potty train much faster. He eventually grew out of it, but I would put a pad on his bed incase of accidents, in the mean time. Hope this helps

Andrea - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Dorothy:

Is your son a deep sleeper? I had a son that did it till he was 9. They have pull ups for older children. The worst thing you can do is yell or punish him. I had a great pediatrician. When they are deep sleepers that alarm in their head doesn't go off. It can also be hereditary. My husband had it and now my grandson has it. There is a nose spray that can help from the doctor. Make sure you control how much he drinks after 6pm and make sure he goes before bed. Those are the best things I can tell you. My son is now 23 and in the navy and is fine. Don't give up.



this is good advice.  Kids that wet the bed really can't help themselves and I can't stand it when I see people punish their kids for doing it.  And I do agree it can be hereditary.  Just try and limit sugary foods, drinks, and make sure that he goes to the potty before bed.

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I've been working with my 5 year old. We have been dealing with this since he was potty trained. I stop fluids 2 hours before bedtime, he goes to the bathroom before bedtime and I wake up in the middle of the night to make him go to the bathroom. The waking up in the middle of the night is starting a routine for him. We are also working toward a goal of "bunk beds" when the bed wetting stops. It depends on the child, my soon-to-be 3 year old has NEVER had a problem, and she was potty trained at 2 years.

Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2009

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My daughter had the same problem many years ago. She was a deep sleeper. I didn't want to use meds because you can't not use them because they resort back to the bed wetting. We tried a "Potty Pager" that is worn in the underwear. It goes off at the slightest wettness. It trained our daughter in about a week or so if I remember correctly. It was GREAT!

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He does where pull ups at night because it's cheaper than replacing a matress. I don't give him anything to drink after 6pm unlesss we eat late, which I've been trying to make sure we don't. I've tried waking him up all through the night. But he gets up at least three times at night to turn his light on but won't go use the bathroom. Do you think it would help if I put a potty chair in his room at night?

User - posted on 04/29/2009

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You might also check his dairy intake. My husband struggled with this into his teenage years if he had too much dairy (ice cream, milk, cheese) throughout the day.

Angela - posted on 04/29/2009

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Try to limit the time at night when he has his last drink and make sure he goes to the bathroom before he goes to bed. I delt with this too with my son and it took a long for him to grow out of it. Hope this helps. If you think it's still bad talk to your doctor about it.

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