My daughter has just turned 4, and was fully potty trained at 2 and a half, although she still wears a nappy 4 bed, which is always peed in, although she doesn't drink much after 4 pm, how can i break this pattern?

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Lauri - posted on 02/06/2009

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my daughter did that til she was 11.  I thought it was just something we had to live with until one day I mentioned it to the doctor and he gave her a pill to take and she never wet the bed again.  It might be worth talking to your doctor about.  She only took it for a couple of months.  I don't remember what it was called. My daughter is 17 now.  Good Luck

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Natalie - posted on 02/06/2009

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I was having the same issue with my daughter. I would try taking her to the bathroom before she goes to bed and then waking her up and taking her when you go to bed. This helped my daughter a lot. Now she just wakes up and goes on her own...and me? Im just a happy mom with less laundry! =]

Karina - posted on 02/06/2009

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My oldest had the same problem, I just made sure she didn't drink anything after 7 and then when it was bed time, i'd make her potty, and then i'd set my alarm for 1 or 2 am and get up and take her to the potty. Eventually her body got use to waking up and going in the middle of the night. hope it works

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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First of all if she's 4 and still wetting the bed there may be a medical condition (which my niece had) so inform the doctor...if thats not the problem wake her up every so often in the middle of the night every night for a few weeks and make her go to the bathroom (which i had to do with my son) No More Pullups...get her used to getting up in the middle of the night if she has to go potty! Leave a night light on so she doesn't get scared to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night...

Cattrysse - posted on 02/06/2009

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dont worry too much every child is different honest she will do it in her own time

Cattrysse - posted on 02/06/2009

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my daughter is 3yrs 7 months now and has been out of nappies for 1 yr both day and at night i just told her she didnt need nappies any more got her some knickers that she liked so i bought fifi and she wears knicker for bed under her pjs and had few accidents only 2 but it worked for me gud luck try u might be surprised they know there not wearing nappies and she drinks loads i didnt stop giving her drinks and she drinks through the night as well.

Angelina - posted on 02/06/2009

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Although it is difficult and a pain to do. i would get up during the night and bring my daugther to the bathroom to go. I worked after a while.

Tara - posted on 02/06/2009

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children are often still in nappies at bed time till they are about 6-7 years i would not worry to much.I have a five year old boy and up untill last week was in nappies at bed time and over the next few days has just stopped wearing them and is dry allthrough the night untill he wakes up in the morning dont worry urself she will do it

Christina - posted on 02/06/2009

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If she is not drinking much after 4, then she might be sneaking drinks from some where.

Lisa - posted on 02/06/2009

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Quoting Sara:

My daughter has just turned 4, and was fully potty trained at 2 and a half, although she still wears a nappy 4 bed, which is always peed in, although she doesn't drink much after 4 pm, how can i break this pattern?




Hi Sara!



My son who will be 7 in March still wears one at night. He has dry nights and a few wet ones but from what I've seen and heard from his pediatrician this is normal. My two other kids never had this issue. Sometimes it takes longer for their bladder to grow than others so dont worry, it will happen in time. Good luck!

Bernadette - posted on 02/06/2009

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wow! that thing about the bread is really interesting (Laura Uhlman) ..i swear everyday i find out something else about why bread is not so great:-(

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son has been dry for 5 week's now without a wet night, he's 5yrs & 7 month's, i tried all sort's to get him out of nappies. he was dry through the day never had any accident's from the age of 3 i thought i was doing something wrong cause he wet him self through the night, but i have another son that will be 4 on sunday & he's been dry.. day & night from his 3rd birthday.. i think since iv changed my tatics & stoped asking him why he has wet the bed ect.. & made a huge fuss  when he has a dry night it's seem's to have worked... i asked the health visitor & she said there was nothing to worrie about because 3 in 10 children under the age of 8 wet the bed.. xxx

Bernadette - posted on 02/06/2009

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also, i get my daughter to have a shower before bed, that makes her want to go to the toilet! just incase your having trouble getting her to go:-)

Joanne - posted on 02/06/2009

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I have a 4 year old, I must admit I didnt worry that much about it, it probably gets to you more than it does them. I just used a mattress protector, they soon get the hang of it as nobody likes lying in a wet bed and the mattress wont get ruined. A wee before bed and no drinks an hour before bed.

Heidi - posted on 02/06/2009

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My daughter had accidents that turned out to be related to constipation. She was fully potty trained, but would wet her bed on occasion, and have difficulty "knowing" when she had to pee in the day time. Turns out that this is a common problem for little girls. The urinary tract can be affected by the bowel. It was the third doctor who diagnosed the problem and prescribed a very gentle powder that is mixed in a drink. This solved the problem completely.

Bernadette - posted on 02/06/2009

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my daughter is 4 and going through the exact same stage. we have a protective matress. she doesnt wear a nappy after refusing to wear them a while ago cos they were giving her a 'wedgie' apparantly. ive read it varys for each kid when their bladder starts to slow down making wee over night, also it can bring on night terror like episodes for some, while their body is adjusting. i keep spare bedding for lucy in her room & wipes to make it easier for me to cope with changing a bed at 3 in the morning. she doesnt do it every night, some time 3 nights in a row, then no nights in a row. just like potty training..it wont happen over night, but im sure it will happen. i just try to remain calm, if im not stressed hopefully itll be easier on my poor little learner:-)

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I had this problem with my son...  Until I started to remind him he was a big boy, and big boys don't wet their pants at night.... 



I used 'night time pants' for him, and said that if he could show me he was a big boy by not wetting his pants for 3 days in a row, he could go to bed wearing his boxer shorts.  GREAT INCENTIVE!!!



I also asked him to go to the toielet before goning to bed.  This helped a lot! 



 



Accidents will happen.  The important thing is to remember to reward the positive outcomes, and minimise the negative.  The kids feel bad when they wake up wet.



We've had a couple of set-backs, but my son's now nearly 5, and we've only had a wet bed about 5 times...



Keep trying!



You'll both do well..... 

Laura - posted on 02/06/2009

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Also something else to consider is diet. Our 4 year old now and then wet the bed at night. A friend passed on a study they read which took 100 nght time bed wetters and eliminated wheat from their diet and over half stopped. Without saying what our plan was, we "ran out of bread" but had rice cakes instead and in 2 days her bed wetting stopped, never to return again. Over the years I have learned so much about the crappy food we put in our bodies and then become alarmed when our health is not good. You really are what you eat. A great slogan that I saw on time is, "Alive foods produce alive bodies" The "bread we eat today has been stipped of any living good thing, filled with chemicals and we eat it everyday!!

Good luck

Joanne - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son was exactly the same, potty trained at 2, wearing nappies in bed at 4. A friend of mine suggested letting him go to be without one, to which I was horrified! She said he wouldn't wee the bed, which he didn't! I lifted him around 11 at night for a couple of days, to go for a wee, then stopped doing that. He never actually did wet the bed, so try it! Good luck!!

Tammy - posted on 02/06/2009

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I always woke my children before I went to bed, and took them to the bathroom. It get them in a habit, and eventually they will do this on their own. Good luck.

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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Have you considered just tossing the nappy and putting a matress cover on?  I've heard that sicnce the nappy's now are so absorbant, kids don't mind them as much and its not uncomfortable to go in them.  I have no idea if it would work or not but I'd give it a shot if it were me.  They also have those washable training pants you could try.  They are like underwear but with a thin plastic liner.  Perhaps waking up wet might help?  Good luck, I'm still working on potty training myself!

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