How long before a child stops wetting the bed

Linda - posted on 09/30/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old still wets the bed. I try not to give him anything before bed and make him go to the bathroom before we go to bed but still has accidents his 3 yr old doesn't wet the bed will that change????

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Carolyn - posted on 08/20/2012

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With our son, it comes and goes. He's six now but we've only recently had a stretch of a couple of months without an accident. He never wet the bed when he was three and four years old, but was a lighter sleeper then and would easily wake up to pee.

Then he began to sleep more soundly. So sometimes he'd wake but not make it to the bathroom, sometimes he'd wake right after wetting the bed, and sometimes he'd wake the next morning and realize the bed was wet.

Right now we're in a "dry spell", but who knows?

The tricks mentioned by others help too. Sleepwalk him to the bathroom right before you go to bed, don't allow drinks at bedtime, and limit fluid intake after dinnertime.

Most importantly, though, don't make a big deal out of it. If Adam has an accident in the middle of the night, we just move him into our bed, strip his, go back to sleep and worry about cleanup in the morning.

Patience is the best medicine. As other moms like to remind me, he won't go off to College still wetting his bed.

Elyzabeth - posted on 04/19/2012

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Nothing to worry about at 4 years old. You want to talk to your child's doctor once he turns 7 or 8 and still does not have control of his bladder. They can run some test to make sure everything is o.k.
Every child is different. I have worked as a preschool teacher for 8 years now and have seen children as young as 18 months potty trained (to young) and then by the time they turn 4 they are have lots of potty accidents.
Parents need to relax , don't make a big deal about it. Hope this helps someone.
Ely

Cj - posted on 10/23/2010

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My daughter will turn four in less than a week and she still wears pull-ups at night. We also need to stop allowing her to have a sippy cup with her at night and limiting how much she drinks between dinner and bedtime. Waking her up during the night would probably help too.

Jane - posted on 10/05/2010

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put some GoodNights on him. my nephew didn't master it until 7. try waking him up at the same time every nite and taking him to the bathroom. theory is that eventually he will get up on his own at that time and go (or get you to bring him.)
good luck!

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