N. asks from Saint Cloud, FL on March 01, 2010
6 Year Old Still Wetting the Bed - Saint Cloud,FL
any ideas on how to stop my 6 year old from wetting the bed would be great. i have tried limiting his drinks and waking him to pee prior to me going to bed, but still nothing works. any ideas would be great. thanks
S.W. answers from Miami on March 02, 2010
I was a bed wetter til, oh, maybe 10...? I recall having dreams that there was a toilet nearby and would sit and pee. Meanwhile, I was in happy la-la dream land and wetting the bed. When I did wake up, I couldn't go down the hall to run into the bathroom on time because there was a tiger or bear lerking in the shadows... It's something he'll grow out of unless there is a bladder infection or some other physical aspect.
Plastic mattress cover, nightlight for when he wakes up, a change of clothes nearby, and lots of patience.
A.C. answers from Orlando on March 02, 2010
My 8- and 10-year-old nephews both still wet the bed. They wear Good Nights, but the 10-year-old is at the max weight for them and they don't always hold. There is not a whole lot you can do if there is nothing medically wrong with him. Just teach him to strip his bed when he has an accident and buy him some extra sheets to help. It is perfectly normal, especially in boys, to continue wetting the bed into the double digits. Good luck!
E.P. answers from Boca Raton on March 02, 2010
B.C. answers from Norfolk on March 01, 2010
We kept the water proof mattress pad on the bed and we used pull ups at night for a long time. It's common for boys to have problems sometimes till 7 or 8 or 9 yrs old. It sometimes has to do with a slow growing bladder in some boys and they sleep so deeply they seldom feel the need to wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. They out grow it sooner or later. It's important to remember that this embarrasses them, and they are not doing it on purpose. Try not to get mad and always have a spare set of sheets and dry pajamas ready just in case.
G.B. answers from Tulsa on March 01, 2010
I made my daughters life hell on earth about bedwetting. We stopped drinks after 7, after dinner, after 5, the poor child was probably dehydrated.
They just don't have the ability to stop it themselves. Take her to a Urologist and if they find nothing biologically wrong then go buy some pullups and let the child have drinks. They will eventually grow out of it. Usually by the beginning of adolescence.
BTW, the only thing the bedwetting alarms do is wake everyone up every night and get you more laundry because you end up changing the sheets during the night and then again in the morning.
C.C. answers from Orlando on March 02, 2010
I have the same situation with my almost 7 year old son. I don't have an answer to make it stop, but I do have a suggestion to help you cope. In addition to having a mattress protector under his fitted sheet, I also found a waterproof cover to put OVER the fitted, bottom sheet. It is about 3 foot wide and tucks under the edges so it won't move. If it gets wet, I just pull it off and throw in washer and don't have to strip the bed. It has saved my sanity most mornings! I only wish I had bought two. It comes in twin or full size and I got it from one of those kid-gadget magazines, One Step Ahead. You can get it online and it was around $40, I think.
We don't make a big deal about it w/ my son, he knows he shouldn't be wearing a pull-up at night, but I tell him his bladder size just hasn't caught up w/ the rest of him. He is about 82 pounds, so the pull ups don't always work and he is about to outgrow them as he has football player thick thighs and a tummy.
Y.F. answers from Orlando on March 02, 2010
My son goes through the same thing. My sister in law is a ped and she adviced me the problem is he has an under developed bladder. There is NOTHING I could do about it, he had to basicly grown out of it. I got him an alarm clock that wakes him up at night around 1am so he can go to the bathroom. Sometimes this helps. I dont make it a big deal. Also, I got him those pads they use at the hospitals to put under you, and that has helped cut down the amount of laundry I was doing. Because I dont want him to feel bad about this since its out of his control I just tell him its not his fault, its not a big deal and I promise him his body is going to stop doing this eventually. I hope this helps.
T.S. answers from Dallas on March 01, 2010
The fastest remedy I know of is the night-time bed wetting alarm. You clasp it onto the underwear and if it gets wet it goes off like an alarm clock and wakes the child up so He/she can run to the restroom. It is not that expensive and can be picked up at most real pharmacies or ordered over the internet. I used it on my son and he stopped within a week.
L.W. answers from Miami on March 02, 2010
Working with the pediatrician, you can rule out serious physical problems or emotional ones. If there doesn't seem to be a fixable underlying cause, then just wait it out. My daughter wet the bed until 4. There was nothing wrong with her, she just did. We limited her liquid intake and woke her up in the middle of the night, but she still did it. We got her plastic sheets and had her help in changing wet sheets in the morning. One day we just realized it had stopped. My son had a friend who was 8 that still wet the bed. I'm not sure at what point he stopped because we moved. I went to highschool with someone who'd wet the bed until he was 12 and a friend just a couple years ago who's daughter wet the bed still at 10. Her problem was that she'd been abused. But for most kids that have the problem, it's just a matter of waiting for the bladder muscles to be as strong as they need to be.
J.S. answers from Miami on March 02, 2010
There's often an emotional cause - such as experiencing anxiety or intimidation related to a male or msaculine-type authority figure. If it's emotionally based then other things you do may not fully resolve it.