How do i get my 5 year old to wake up to go to the toilet?

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Single - posted on 09/16/2012

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I have 2 girls on 5 and one 7. My oldest was really easy to potty trian. My youngest just wont wake up. I get less sleep I wake her up to pee otherwise I have to wash sheet alot. I wake her up 2 or 3 times a night. When I wake her there are times ill try to have her walk to the bathroom. She has sat on her bed thinking it is the toilet she is so sleepy. When I take her to the bathroom I set her down on the toilet and sometimes she falls asleep. I rub her back or poor a little water by her bottom and she pees. I need help with ideas on how to get her to wake on her own??

Julie - posted on 11/25/2008

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I put a vinyl sheet protector on her mattress. After a few time of being uncomfortable she woke up and went. I also had a intercom in her room so I could her her rustling around, sometimes I would have to nudge her to get up and help her.

Eugenia - posted on 11/25/2008

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Yes!! I have the same issue with my 7 year old going 8yrs. He would go a good while without wetting the bad but as soon as i think we have gotten over the hurdle he wets again! I am knowing going back to the "Goodnights" I often here moms say it is common with kids his age. Boy was he upset when he couldn't get a cold drink after the certain hour of no liquids!

Stacey - posted on 11/25/2008

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With our first one, who is 10 now, we had him wear night pants. In 2nd grade he was asked to go to a sleep over with 4 other boys and figured he didn't want to wear them and took the chance. I think he was so nervous about wetting that he broke night pants that night. However, with my 7 year old we did night pants up until about 4 months ago and than stopped using them because he was wetting. We tried cutting drinks early and that didn't work either. So now I wake up about 3 every morning and wake him up to go the bathroom. He'll start to get into the habit himself or grow out of.

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I had one child wearing pullups until he was 12. When he went to 6th grade camp, we found out he wasn't the only one! They really protect these kids though - they put them on a list of kids who has to go to the nurse before bed (for meds allegedly) and there they get to put on their undergarments, and also take meds (there was an inhaler) to inhibit bed wetting. It worked. He never wet his bed after that week. It's sometimes just a biologic or genetic thing. Whatever you do, support your kid, don't make a big deal out of it, talk to your pediatrician (but not until after the age of 8 or so, and not in front of the child) and by all means, relax. They will not go to college with a pull-up ;)

Denise - posted on 11/25/2008

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my friend had trouble with her son and a specialist told her to make him drink plenty during the day to help stretch the bladder so it can hold oer night, he had to drink a certain amount at certain times tho, while working it out buy a good rubber baced protector. i was told waing them starts habits thye dont need but i did wake my son the first night and that was it (he was a breeze) a rarity im sure, mostly dont let her know how painful it is doing all that washing:)

Dawn - posted on 11/25/2008

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yes i agree with everyone...with mine i had to limit drinks after a certain time before bed and wake them up for potty a few times at night...start a routine and keep to it, it will not take over night but after time it will work:)

Melissa - posted on 11/25/2008

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my son still was wetting the bed at 8 it will stop on its own it all takes time good luck

Amanda - posted on 11/24/2008

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I still have my 4 yr old in a pull up at night, if i don't i am changing his sheets least 10 times during the night, i also put plastic on his mattress.

I cut him back on his drinking when it gets close to bedtime, i also wake him up to go pee before i go to bed and he still wakes up with a soaked pull-up.



my twins were abit over 5 when they got off the pull up during the night

Rochelle - posted on 11/24/2008

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please please dont fret over this issue it is alot more common than many people realise i myself have four children and my eldest two still wet the bed today although my daughter is frequenlty more drier than my son let me assure you that when the time is right your child will stop of their own volittion their body will just start to stay drier and drier. please trust me as i am also speaking from personal experience yrs truly Rochelle

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You know, some kids will wet the bed until they're 12 years old. You can try getting the child up before you go to bed to have them go to the bathroom, but you should not get up and do it if you have been asleep. This just reinforces bad habits. Limit liquids for a few hours before bed. Use a rubber sheet under the bottom sheet. And by all means - those nighttime "pull ups" are fantastic. I learned to pick my battles and not go nuts with every little thing. All kids are different - do the best you can, but don't think there's something wrong with the child or yourself if things don't fall perfectly into place. JMO.

Michelle - posted on 11/24/2008

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I always stop giving them anything to drink an hour before (sometimes 2) bedtime. Then my girls don't have to get up in the middle of the night and disturb their sleep.

Barbara - posted on 11/24/2008

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I remember my mom waking me up around midnight everynight to go to the bathroom. after awhile I started waking up on my own. good luck!

Dancerlucy - posted on 11/24/2008

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i agree with Dee, thats what i did with my son, just got him up when i went to bed and sat him on the toilet and said to him, come on buddy you gotta go. and he did.

good luck

Cristina - posted on 11/24/2008

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/the best way that I've heard to help your 5 year old is using those nighty night shorts that have a burst of cool when they get wet, it seems to be unconfortable for the kid and they most times will get up to pee, or change.

Dee - posted on 11/24/2008

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I used to just pick her up, put on the toilet rub her back and say "come bubba make wees" would say it 2-3 times and she did.

A_theisen - posted on 11/24/2008

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I had to get up and wake my son up every 2 or 3 hours to have him try to go and after a few weeks of that he started waking up on his own, now we have only a few accidents a month verses every night

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