Teaching 3 year old boy to stop wetting bed

Lara - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My 3 year old son has been toilet trained for 6 months but he is still wetting his bed. we have tried waking him up at 12 every night and taking him to the loo and sometimes it works but generally he has weed before we get there or still wees later on during the night. any help or suggestions? Lara


Jodi - posted on 06/08/2010




Lara, it may be that he's just not ready yet. Did you know that 20% of all children are still wetting the bed to some degree at age 5 (also more common in boys)? It isn't uncommon. He is only 3, there is a possibility he is not ready to go for long streatches without peeing, and his brain is not yet mature enough to wake him up when he needs to go. Just put pull-ups on him at night, and give it some time, rather than getting stressed over it. Certainly, try the no drinks thing, and other tips, but don't stress if they don't work - they don't always. Every kid is different.

And just for your info, I have a step-son who is STILL occasionally wetting the bed at age 11, so all kids are different. At the age of 3, I wouldn't be at all concerned. If he is still having issues when he is 5-6, that is time to see a doctor to rule out any medical issues, but generally, it is just a physical maturity thing.


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Esmeralda - posted on 06/08/2010




hi there, i had the same problem, i have 2 boys, 1 in preschool and 1 in school, they are 3 and 5. my 5 year old wetted his bed occasionally, and the 3 year old did it too. i recently decided not to give them any drinks at least 2 hours before bedtime, so when bed time comes, the drink they drank has already been digested, and weed out. it is working for me so far. but occasionally (especially in hot weather) i allow them to have a very smal cup of water 1 hour before bed time. i still wake them up when i go to bed. the boys are going to bed at 8 pm every evening, so when i go to bed (usually around 11 pm or so) they will wee, and they won't wee again until they wake up in the morning at 7 am. occasionally my youngster (the 3 year old) wakes up himself and go to the loo when he needs too, or he cries in his bed, so i get up and take him. but most importantly, be patient. boys are very more different than girls. i have a 6 year old daughter, she wetted her bed like for 2 weeks when starting at night, and then she was dry. but boys are more stubborn. hope this helps :)

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