My 13 year old stepson still wets the bed almost every night

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My stepson turned 13 this summer and he still wets the bed. He has went a couple months with no accidents at our house this past fall/winter time but now back to wetting 75% of the time. His dad says he sleeps too heavy to wake himself up. He cut his food and liquid at our house nothing 2 hours before bed and we wake him up at 5 am. Lately he has been wetting after he goes back to bed and gets up between 10 and 11. I think he is just lazy but he isn't my son.
Could there be a medical problem?

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Jodi - posted on 08/03/2016

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It might be something that is perfectly normal. I wouldn't say he was being lazy. My step-son wet his bed until around this age, and it was a case of him just simply not being able to wake and he had a small bladder. In the end, he took medication and this helped - after a 6 week course, he never wet the bed again. Has he ever visited a doctor to discuss the issue?

One thing we did do is made sure there were mattress protectors protecting the mattress from getting wet, and we'd double sheet his bed with another mattress protector in between (I know, sounds nuts, but he grew out of the pull ups that we were able to get). HE was then responsible for pulling one layer off in the middle of the night if he woke up wet, and HE was responsible for washing ALL of the wet stuff and hanging it in the morning, and also making his bed back up. So while we recognised it wasn't out of laziness, he needed to help with the additional work it created, and needed to become responsible for cleaning up after himself, as we all need to learn regardless of the situation, whether it is intentional or not.

BTW, cutting food and liquid often does not help and may in fact hinder. But have a chat to a doctor, or even a specialist about the options. I highly doubt it is because he is lazy. No normal child chooses to wet the bed.

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Nadine - posted on 08/02/2016

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Bed wetting can often be a sign of other health problems. I would definitely take him to a doctor to rule out those problems. I can honestly say, I doubt any kid is lazy enough to go through the embarrassment and discomfort of bed wetting. It is a horrible, horrible thing to have to live with at 6 and 7, let alone as a teenager. *Yes, I was a bed wetter until age of 7.*

Nellynunes148 - posted on 08/01/2016

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Some children have a small bladder or a bladder that hasn't matured, if that's the case limit his liquids through out the day and get his dad to make sure he's peed right before going to bed

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