Bed wetting what so I do?

Lisa - posted on 09/25/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son is six yrs old and he bed wet. I tried waking him hourly but at the end affects me in the morning at work because I become so tired and not so efficent. My boss does not like this, and house chores are a must. I wash his cloths every morning,and am so worried.some parent ask why is my son still bet wetting at his age which make me feel bad. Please mothers what can I do?


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Bonnie - posted on 09/26/2011




Like the other ladies said, it is normal. He is only 6. This could go on for awhile still. If it becoming too much to handle for you, which by the sounds of it, it is and I don't blame you one bit, limit his fluid intake from dinner time to bed time and if you need to, have him wear a pull up to bed. This way he will not wet the bed and you can watch to see if he has any dry nights.

Jodi - posted on 09/26/2011




Actually, wetting the bed past this age isn't all that unusual. It is more common than you think,. particularly in boys. It is usually a lack of physical maturity, and the signal is not getting to the brain to wake them up that they need to pee. Often it is genetic (ie, if mum or dad were late being dry at night, there is a big chance one of the kids will have the same problem, AND chances are it will stop around the same time it stopped for mum and dad).

I agree that you should see your doctor to eliminate any medical causes, or emotional causes, but otherwise, it may be one of those things that just needs a little more physical maturity. The majority of late bedwetters will outgrow this by the time they reach puberty.

The important thing is not to make a big deal over it and to make sure he realises that it isn't his fault.

My step son wet his bed until just recently (he is 12). We tried absolutely everything, and it didn't help. We just needed to be patient. My husband (his dad) was a bedwetter until about 11 or 12 too, so it was just one of those things. We just made sure he had pull ups available, we had a mattress protector on the bed, and we made sure he showered each morning (he got fairly smelly), to make it as easy for him as possible. We also restricted a lot of liquid in the evenings, and woke him before we went to bed to get him to pee, but those couple of things really made very little difference. He was also a super heavy sleeper, so that didn't help :)

Don't feel bad. I can't recall the exact statistic, but something like 3% of kids still wet their bed going into puberty. Other parents have no right to make you feel this way.

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Okay so you need to do 2 things: first, help your son not wet the bed by being in control of his intake in the evenings. Let him drink what he needs to at dinner but cut off all liquids at least 90 minutes before bed time and make sure that he tries to pee every night right before going to bed. If he has a snack before bed, don't let him have liquids or water-based foods. Let him have a couple SIPS OF WATER to wet his mouth a little right before bed.... and I MEAN SIPS literally just to wet his mouth.
Second, a little harder to hear is this: you need to figure out why your 6 year old is wetting the bed every night. It really isn't a big deal for a 6 year old to wet the bed now and then especially if they get too much to drink too close to bedtime or have a special night, etc.... BUT every night is too much and it's going to be up to you to figure out what's going on and help him get through it whether it is emotional or medical. You should talk with his pediatrician and make sure he doesn't have any other symptoms, get some testing done to make sure his kidneys and bladder and other organs and functions are properly working without infections and if so, you may want to have him meet with a child therapist or psychologist just to check in on some things. Again, the bedwetting itself is really not a big deal.... kids have accidents sometimes even past 6 BUT every night suggests there's something else going on. My sweet, precious nephew had the same problem and there were some underlying issues (emotionally) that got dealt with and after a few sessions with a therapist, he was totally fine!!!! Good luck! And remember, NO MATTER WHAT do not let him see you frustrated or experience your frustration or work problems as his fault in any way!

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