How can i get my kids to stop peeing in the bed at night?

Samantha - posted on 01/30/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My kids are 4 and 5 and they still need to wear goodnights. i have tried taking them to the bathroom numerous times after they go to sleep and even tried just putting them in underwear at night, but they still wet the bed at night. i just don't know what else to do!! Any ideas???

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Krystal - posted on 02/01/2010

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hi i just wanna say i wet the bed from the age of 3-16, i had test after test after test, they put me on medication to but after they had to change them every week because i became amune to them. my mother had it tough with me, i had a very small bladder, i used to get urine infections 5-6 times a week and i had kidney problems. she stopped drink after a certain time and took me to the toilet before i went to bed then again when she went to bed, 4 times during the night and first thing in mornin but evey mornin she would comne in and i would be in tears because the bed was wet. i also used pull ups till i was 6, she also got me a waterproof sheet/bed protecter to help keep the matress dry and clean. i do want to say that the alarm might not work, (i kno from experience)

i didnt with me. its suppost to go off when you leak a bit but it never went off or i didnt hear it because i am a deep sleeper and always have been and in the mornin i would still end up wet. just watever you do dont get angry or tell them they are naughty because it will make it worse.but if you are worried then i would suggest goin to the doctors. my mum did use an award system with me to but she would award me on the good days with a sticker and on the bad she would just say its ok it was an accident and i never felt that i was getting into trouble and it did work at the begging but then i got bullied at school and went down hill again, so they dont always work but for some it does. the doctors told me was that as soon as i recongnised that i needed to go ( in the day time) to count to ten and try holding it for that 10 mins to help stretch my bladder and help me hold it. you need to be patient with them. they need to know mummy will help them and support them not get angry and frustrated, a bit of my bed wetting was psychological to, my family was going thru alot of horrible stuff wen my bedwetting was at its worst and that was wen i was 11 and i wet the bed almost every day for 2 months. just watever you do dont punish them for doin it, no child wets the bed just for the fun of it. like i said if you get worried about i would suggest goin to the doctors. maybe they are having problems holding it or have some sort of bladder problem, it does run through the family, my mum had this problem, and also so did my nan, and a few of my cousins have had this problem with themselves when they were kids and also their kids have the problem too. :)

Angela - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son is almost 7 and I have tried no drinking after dinner etc. He sleeps so soundly that he doesn't wake up to pee and says he can't feel when he has to go. I have wanted to try an alarm (a device that attaches to underwear and when it senses liquid it wakes the child by beeping) for quite a while but they are expensive. I have heard a lot of good reviews on them. You can find them online for around $100. Considering the cost of goodnights this could be a good investment. Keep us posted if you decide to try one because I am getting desperate too, but am reluctant to fork over the cash. Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 01/30/2010

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they make medication that helps with that stuff my neice used it and now she don't wet the bed you should talk to you doctor and see what they say good luck .. ps that is one of my biggest worries that my son will pee the bed i hope not but i will see good luck

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Marek - posted on 12/09/2010

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I think you should monitor their liquid intake. If that doesnt work, then talk to a doctor.

Madelaine - posted on 02/04/2010

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Best thing to do is have your children evaluated by a pediatric urologist to determine problem.

Crystal - posted on 02/04/2010

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It may be a medical reason. Have you talked to their doctor about? Not to worry you but some kids have bladder weakness that causes it, or sleep apnea can cause it too. They get so exhausted from not sleeping that when they do get to sleep it is such a heavy sleep that they don't wake up when they feel the urge.

Melissa - posted on 02/01/2010

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Hi Samantha, I have the same problem with my 4yr old - he sleeps so deeply I can barely wake him at night to use the toilet...... he wears goodnites and ive told him he can start wearing underwear if the goodnites are dry in the morning so far he hasnt been able to achieve this.......not even close the nappy is alway heavy and full to the brim........ im going to try buying him "special sheets" ive heard this works for some kids and will also try wearing his underwear underneath the goodnights to see if this can alert him that he needs to wake up. Other than that will keep trying to be strict with drinking at night etc and hope he will grow out of this. Keep us posted if you have any luck.

Karen - posted on 01/30/2010

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I don't think stopping them drinking after a certain time will stop them weting the bed, but might cut down on the number times they wet in a night. I wouldn't go the medication route either (unless your doctor says it is a medical condition) it most cases it's genetic and they will stop when they're ready.
Angela mentioned about getting an alarm, you should definately try one! I wet the bed as a child and the alarm worked great teaching me to wake up when I needed the toilet. A couple of mums have mentioned trying a reward system, please don't they are not doing it on purpose and thinking they will get in trouble or make you angry will just cause them stress and make it worse.

Amber - posted on 01/30/2010

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I agree with all the moms who say cut liquids off a few hours before bed. I don't know about the alarms for the underwear sounds a little traumatic. What I did was put a potty chair in my then 2 1/2 year old son's bedroom only at night, for those gotta go quick moments. I did use a pull-up but again only at night. And when he had an accident I didn't get upset and re-assured that it was just an accident but it wasn't acceptable, but when he made it through the night with out wetting the bed then he earned a reward (something very small like a few m&m's or an extra few minutes to stay up for one night small but meaningful to him). I hope this helps! Good luck!

Leah Ann - posted on 01/30/2010

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Nothing to drink after supper except maybe a sip a tiny one. My son wet the bed till I bought him Mickey Mouse sheets, told him they were big boy sheets and if he wet on them he would make them ugly. Sometimes it's just underwear they think are awesome. Get them up early to go potty, it may take a little while but sometimes it's just simple things. Some kids sleep so hard, maybe a nap in the afternoon.

Tah - posted on 01/30/2010

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you need a cut off time for drinks and send the children to the toilet right before bed...

Bridget - posted on 01/30/2010

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try limiting what they drink 1-2 hours before they go to bed, put them on the toilet before you go to bed. ask your pediatrician for suggestions.

Cassandra - posted on 01/30/2010

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My daughter is 7 and still wets at night. She wears the underjams to sleepovers but not at home. My ped is working on tests and referals so a specialist can see her. Sometimes they are just too hard of sleepers and sometimes it's medical. Asking your ped sounds like your best bet. As a side note, my 10 yr old never had this problem and my 3 yr old stays dry 5 out of 7 nights a week. In my case not genetic. Where you are a sibling or parent a "bedwetter"? If so bring that up too.

Lise - posted on 01/30/2010

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track what time they drink fluids and cut it off at a certain time. if still wetting, cut back the liquids by 15 minutes every night. put underwear under the goodnights so they feel the wetness but you don't have the mess.



and definitely make sure to have them pee before bed!

Desarae - posted on 01/30/2010

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I found this piece of advice useful! No drink after supper and potty before bed like you are now see if that helps at all!

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