How do you get bedwetting under control?

Melissa - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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5 year old girl still wetting at night, how do I control that?

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Jane is on the right track. Being negative and telling a child the bedwetting is a bad thing will only freak her out more and make her more ashamed of herself than she already is. We got the latest one out of the habit by doing exactly what Jane mentioned in her post, but we only got Kearra up once per night. I stopped letting her have drinks an hour before bedtime, and made a final potty trip a part of the bedtime routine. We bought pullups for her, and put a plastic cover on her mattress, which she HATED... and she complained about it like you wouldn't believe. She was really worried about having friends spend the night and noticing our countermeasures. All I had to do was explain to her that these measures were to protect the furniture so she wouldn't have a stinky room, that her friends would never see the pullups or the mattress cover, and set a goal that once she stopped having accidents, we could take off the cover and get rid of the pull-ups. After waking her in the middle of the night once per night for about two weeks, she stopped wetting the bed regularly. Sure, she has a few accidents each year since then, but it's not a crisis and doesn't become a regular habit.

Jane - posted on 09/16/2009

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My son wet his bed up to 4 years old the advice I got was a big help Let her know that it is ok and that there are lots of kids that wet the bed even older kids have the same problem Get the child up 2 or three times a nite ,dont make a fuss of it keep that time as dark and as quiet as you can take her to the toilet the put her straight back to bed if she dosnt wee that ok set your times and try to keep with it you may only have to do once a nite good luck Jane

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Jennifer - posted on 09/17/2009

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Make sure they don't have anything to drink after dinner except maybe a small drink of water. Then take them to the bathroom 1-2 times before they go to bed. Give them positive encouragement and praise in the morning when the bed is dry.

Tina - posted on 09/16/2009

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Good advice all around. The biggest part is stopping drinks an hour or two prior to bed time, and make sure we go to the bathroom before getting into bed. Pullups at nite is a help to ur sanity and laundry. I didn't get her up in the middle of the night, but I might be lucky too. Some kids are harder to break than others just like with potty training. Make sure you have an early enough bedtime and a regular bedtime routine as well. If your child is so exhausted at night that she can't wake up to go pee in the middle of the night that might be the problem. Young children need (ideally) about 10 hours of sleep a night. So early to bed may assist in this problem too.

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