Wetting his pants

Megan - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 6 year old has recently started having "accidents". They have been happening on almost a daily basis for about 5 months now. We have tried punishments, taking things away (like TV) and even rewards for not having the accidents. Nothing has seemed to work and he is about to start 1st grade. Does anyone have suggestions?

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Vesna - posted on 08/22/2009

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From your post I would say you are talking about boy, right ? Was he recently on a antibiotic ?

I have 6y old boy who does have problem with bed wetting, which I am not all too concerned about as it seems that it runs in the family, but those accidents during a day definetely got me concerned. It turned out, it was a reaction on a antibiotic he had to take for a ear infection. It took a while, but it cleared by itself. I've noticed sitting in warm bath helped him to ease the urge. If he wets at night - please try to be patient with him. Give him all you love and support, as you definetely don't want him to feel bad about something he is not in controll anyways. It will just feed into his incofidence.

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CESCELY - posted on 08/27/2009

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well don't punish, it doesn't work, watch that he is having adequate bowel movements as that can cause accidents if he is backed up. Also you may have to use a routine, reminding him to go when he is engaged in activities like tv or games or playing with friends it seems that boys don't take time out to go to the bathroom when they are having fun and playing hard, consult your pediatrician to make sure nothing is wrong since this just started

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HI, hope I can give some insite. What is happening during the day, has anything changed in his lifestyle, is he a sensitive child, fear, nervous - my son started wetting the bed, which was 3 years after my divorce - the way I handled it - even though I wanted to scream everytime, I stayed calm and relaxed and asked him questions about the day at school, and it comes out in the most weird ways which you least expect - direct questions might not do it, but maybe when you are doing an activity mention someone else that might be wetting the bed and ask I wonder why he still wets the bed, your son might give you the answer for that child, but will be his answer in an indirect way. Taking things away makes the situation worse (I think) because if it has not worked before, it makes the situation worse. I finally found out with my son that everyone at school was talking about their fathers and being in the home - and of course he did not have one, and it made him an outcast. He is fine now and we have handled the situation. Hope it will help what I just said, we can only talk from experience.

April - posted on 08/26/2009

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Did this just start maybe he shrunk his bladder. How is he doing at night? When my son was about 3 and he had some accidents at night the doctor gave me a anti depressant to make him sleep hard and he would last all night. I guess this treatment is very common. But after one night I felt quite quilty giving him something. But after that one time he quit. I'll bet if this is durning the day, he is getting so involed in something he waits to long, and then they move fast. I wouldn't punish him. Maybe make him go to the bathroom after lunch and breakfast. Talk to your doctor. You could make him wear his wet cloths for a few hours. If he uncomfortable maybe he'll stop.

Megan - posted on 08/26/2009

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Yes I am talking about a boy. No antibiotics but They increased his steriod inhaler. I never would have even thought about that. I think I will call his doctor and ask about it. Thank You!

Kim - posted on 08/21/2009

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Don't have a answer have the same problem but my boys are 10 and still wet at night, doctors say normal in boys....have tried everything..will take suggestions also

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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record every time she goes to the bathroom even if she is awake and then take that to the dr she may have an infection. i myself had alot of accidents as i grew up my parents took me to the doctor and he said i didn't have a bladder infection... finally i went to a baby sitter and she recorded everytime i went to the restroom and my parents took that to the doctor they gave me meds for a bladder infection and i didn't have accidents after that but these were from the time when i was prolly 3 to 13 my cousin also had a problem till she was about 12 just make sure u let her know that u are upset with her and that if u belive that it is an accident that u love her and shower her before she goes to school and put a plastic cover over her mattress or a bed pad under her bottom... good luck

Cozette - posted on 08/20/2009

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have you tried ignoring it? Just ask her to take her sheets down to the washer and remake her bed. If she can handle the washer,then let her wash them, then she can wait around till they are dry. and put them pack on her ber. Stay out of it emotionally, do let her kne youj're angry and just let her deal with it. Next time it happens let her know you're sorry that happened, whats she gonna do to get it cleaned up??

took my girl 3 time to figure it ou.

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Samantha - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter had problems with accidents for about a year. She mainly had them at night, but occasionally during the day as well. The first thing I did was put her on a strict schedule. Her bedtime was 8 pm so nothing to drink after 7 pm. I made sure she went potty right before bed and then I took her to the bathroom when i went up to bed a couple hours later. I kept the bathroom light on and night lights as well.

As soon as she woke up i took her straight to the bathroom, and right before school as well.

If it wasnt it a school day I made her try to go as often as possible, within an hour after she drank something i had her try.

The main reason she had accidents she was just being "lazy" she just didnt want to stop what she was doing to go. Even if she said she didnt have to (i could usually tell by her little potty dance she did) i would make her sit on the toilet and either we'd count or sing that way it kept her mind off of it and she would relax.

I know boys are different but a good schedule may help! and i hope some of this helps as well

Good Luck!

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