I have tried everything and my son still wets the bed at night.

Brandi - posted on 02/28/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 and every time something changes in his life he starts to wet the bed i have tried every thing i have him go to the bathroom before bed and i wake him up before i go to bed to use it and it still don't work. I am starting to get a little worried! What else could i do?

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Ruth - posted on 03/01/2013

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My daughter is also 4, and this problem isn't unusual. When life gets stressful, children often regress on newly-learned skills. Don't worry about it too much, and he if he was consistently dry before, he should go back to it once life settles down again. It's one of the ways young children exhibit stress. We had problems with it when the new baby was born last summer, and we also have problems when my husband travels for work. I fully expect to have problems with it in a month or two when we move. It's a temporary phenomenon, and there's nothing wrong with your son.

Ashley - posted on 03/01/2013

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My daughter is 4 and when she first started potty training, I had the same problem with her wetting the bed. So I started taking her cup away from her an hour before bed time and had her use the potty before going to bed. I would then take her small portable potty and keep it beside her bed. After about a week when she realized her potty was right beside her and she didn't have to go down the hall, she would just get up and potty then get back in bed.

Jodi - posted on 02/28/2013

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This is totally normal. About 20% of children are still regularly wetting the bed when they are 5, so it is nothing to be concerned about at this point. Chances are, he simply isn't ready.

My step-son wet his bed until he was 12. He simply wasn't ready - the trigger they have to wake when they need to go is often underdeveloped, and this is generally resolved by puberty.

I would continue to leave him in pull-ups until he is dry at least 70-80% of the time. When he starts waking dry more frequently, that is usually a sign he is ready to train at night time.

If he is still wetting by the time he is 6 or 7, you should probably get him checked by a pediatrician, just to rule out any medical issues, but in the majority of cases, it is merely time that solves the issue.

Michelle - posted on 02/28/2013

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It can take until a child hits puberty for them to be completely trained at night. It's more common in boys though. All I can suggest is make sure you have a couple of very good mattress protectors and a few sets of sheets. You can even try him in some Goodnight pants. They aren't as thick as normal nappies/diapers but still help with the bed wetting.

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