Bed wetting

Cindy - posted on 06/07/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old son Ethan is still wetting his bed, sometimes 3 times a week! Any suggestions?

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Annick - posted on 12/05/2009

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All kids are different, as are their little bodies. When they're BODIES are ready then they will be too. My son is 6 and still has to wear a nighttime pullup. I don't make an issue of it...it'll happen when it happens. It's perfectly normal Mom so don't worry about it. :)

Debi - posted on 12/05/2009

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Set an alarm for you to get him up during the night to use it.
Make sure he his getting plenty of drinks during the day and using it then. Cut drinks off about an hour and half before bedtime and make sure he goes right before bed then wake him up and take him about the time he wets the bed. If you are not sure when it happens you may have to adjust the alarm until you get him up before he wets. hope this helps. Good luck and God Bless

Victoria - posted on 06/11/2009

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Warning: making a big deal about it in front of your little guy will make things worse all around: emotionally, psychologically, and physically.



My little guy is 4, too. He starts school in Aug and "should be like a big boy". He was doing great for a while, then he regressed (cannot pinpoint reason). My husband came down hard on him, thinking he was doing this all on purpose, too lazy to get up and tend to needs. Even after bringing this up to our dr, who said this was normal, my husband was tough on him.



My son started waking in the middle of the night crying whenever he'd wet...out of frustration with himself, embarrassment that he now had to ask for help, and shame that he wasn't good enough for daddy. He was so upset with the whole deal he'd cry for a good 30 minutes. He even started wetting during the day again. He'd become a wreck and didn't want to go anywhere without me.



At night, my son would call out MY name when he wet because I would go in calmly, tell him he was ok and hold him (wet and all to show him it wasn't a big deal; accidents happen!) then help him clean up without discussing the condition of the sheets or his pjs. Then, even in the middle of the night, I'd sit beside his bed after tucking him back in and sing to him or rub his back. For a while I was a walking zombie and so was my little guy.



While going through the baby aisle one day, I found some Good Night breifs for boys (girls have a version, too). They appear as shorts, are soft enough not to irritate, and can be worn as boxers under pj bottoms.



I purchased them right away and brought them home, presented them to my little guy as sleep shorts/bedtime unders. He was thrilled. Now he refers to them as his bedtime diapers cuase he KNOWS there's a diaper inside, but his self confidence is back and we are all sleepin' tight.



I must say: The name is fitting! We finally have some Good Nights these days and I'm not a zombie any more (ok, except for nights like now where insomnia has hold of me!)



But, please, don't make it a BAD thing when it happens. And don't refer to the nighttime products as diapers (even if that is what they really are, it is insulting to a boy of 4 years old.)



Good luck, and do check the baby aisle (Oh.. and it's best not to have him with until he is comfy with the idea!).

Lisa - posted on 06/08/2009

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Don't worry, your boy is completely normal. Many boys go through this, it's not unusual for them to wet the bed until 7. I'm not being sexist, girls can go through it too, it's just more common with boys btw. The night pants are a good idea, we have Huggies Dry-nights in Australia that are for older kids. Otherwise I used waterproof sheeting under the bedding for easy bed changes at night.

Devon - posted on 06/07/2009

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you can try those diapers that are made for kids who have accidents at night. i forget what they are called, i think something with nighttime in the words. anyway i would try them and see if those work, that's the only thing that i can think of. hope this helped a tiny bit

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