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8 Year Old Bed Wetting

My soon to be 8 year old son is still wetting his bed. We're at our wits end with changing sheets and re-making beds. This also has effected his sleeping b/c he wakes up really early when his bed is all wet. We've tried monitoring his liquid in take before bed. We've worn Good Nights for a long time (his doesn't want to wear them anymore). We've started waking him up again before we go to bed and have him use the bathroom - but sometimes that doesn't even work. The Dr. has said he is immature and will grow out of it but I can't take it anymore. I wash his bedding 3-4 times a week - it's crazy and time consuming! Any help would be appreciated.

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D., I am in the same boat, but my husband and I started cutting off the amount of fluid before bed time. Also waking him up after he goes to hed helps and making him go before bed. Although it doesn't work all of the time it works most of the time.
I want to try the sensor though I heard that it works really well

Dear D.,

He will eventually grow out of it -- mine did! In the meantime, invest in several large, commercial grade hospital bed pads from a hospital/medical supply store. They can be put down on top of the sheet and/or underneath. That didn't eliminate all the laundry for us, but at least we weren't having to do sheets every single day.

M.

I can sympathize with you whole heartedly...my son did the same until he was 11 years old. I too took him to the Pediatrician who told me there was nothing medically wrong. But as I had a similar problem until I was 9 years old we felt it may be somewhat hereditary. He did wear Goodnights every night up until this stopped and I can promise you, it WILL stop. I did find however that the more i was concerned and made an issue of it the more often it seemed to happen, as if anxiety was playing a role. We stopped all liquid intake by 8pm and reminded him to go to the bathroom before bed. Eventually he was waking up dry every morning.
I do not know if this has helped you at all, but just know that you are not alone, and as frustrating as this problem is, this to shall pass.

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My son had the same thing. We resorted to having him sleep in a sleeping bag on his bed. Then when he woke up he could strip, throw the bag on the floor and get into bed to continue his sleep. I worked full time and found it was pretty easy to throw a sleeping bag into the washer every morning. Oh....we had a waterproof pad in a pretty large size between the sleeping bag and the bed blankets. If the sleeping bag soaked through I still didn't have sheets, blankets and pillows to wash every day. He was 10 or 11 when his bladder grew to the size needed. Lots of boys have this problem. Just no one ever talks about it or else they deny it. Maybe this will work for you. It took alot of the tension and frustration out of the situation for us.
P.S. The buzzer system worked for one of my sons but not for the one we ended up putting in a sleeping bag.

D. my son also wet his bed for a very long time,

he is a heavy sleeper, SO the solution to that is not limiting his fluid intake, JUST his caffiene intake,
Milk and water 1 hour before bed is fine

however he needs to go to bed at or before 830pm
9pm is too late.

the earlier to bed the lighter his sleep , and the more likely he is to feel the urge to pee.

Before bed you walk him to the bathroom,
before you go to bed walk him to the bathroom.

and finally set the alarm clock for 2 AM just like a baby for feeding. and WALK him to the bathroom.

there is nothing the doctor can do except offer you medication.

Finally if this for some reason doesn't work for YOU.

BUY the hospital URINE pads for his bed, at least you only have to wash that.

---M

Just like some people get cold-like symptoms for allergies, others get bedwetting or headaches or other strange things. Toxic buildup in the kidneys could be another cause. My daughter wet the bed until she was nearly 14 when we finally found a solution to get the excess mercury out of her body.
Common allergens as far as food go are dairy, wheat, soy, corn but it could be anything. You may want to try eliminating dairy for a couple weeks and see if it helps or better yet avoid all those foods and if the bedwetting stops, add them back in, one at a time and see which one is the offender. Might be all of them. Corn is in just about everything so become a label reader if you decide to try this.


Your doctor sounds clueless. This has nothing to do with immaturity! I'm sure he would like nothing more than to have his "problem" stopped. You may want to take him to a naturopath instead. Waking someone up in the night with noisy contraptions is not a healthy solution. It's not solving the problem just saving some laundry.

If you decide to take any of the advice about medication, be sure to read the side effects first, before even filling the prescription. It amazes me what is legal. ALL drugs have side effects.

My daughter can drink a huge glass of water now before bed and not wake up or pee the bed. As a matter of fact withholding water can further damage the kidneys by allowing toxic buildup. She was born with kidney issues. They are all gone now. I had a lot of mercury in my system and by virtue of pregnancy us mothers pass it on to our children. This is one reason some people have a few miscarriages before having a baby. The body is cleaning itself. Mercury comes from silver-colored dental fillings, vaccinations, Rhogam shots, etc. Other toxins create problems too but mercury is very bad for the kidneys.

If you'd like to phone or email me you can contact me through my website: www.sharethecause.com/detoxqueen. I'm a nutritional consultant and I don't charge for phone consults although I do sell products to keep the free counseling going. I guarantee a result on everything I recommend.

S. Hoehner

My son was the same and although we tried the same solutions, it finally came down to his outgrowing it. I know he didn't like wetting the bed and besides asking his help in stripping and remaking the bed, I tried not to be too cranky about it (not always successfully). I tried to use it as a point of developing compassion with him. Everyone has some challenge and we don't need to be judgemental. He's a great kid and is almost completely beyond the very, very occassional accident.

Good luck.

Me and my husband had the same issue with our son and my husband would get him up at 11pm every night and bring him to the toilet to pee. (If you want specifics, email me and I'll elaborate!) It took awhile (felt like forever!) but, it did pay off! My son will be turning 10 soon and has not wet the bed in over 2 years!
Hope this was helpful!
G. (____@____.com)

My 19 year old son wet his bed when he was 8 too. The doctor said it was due to "middle child symdrome" and tension in the household. Not done out of needing attention, but his mind regressed back to when my son's mind was at peace.(diaper age)

Just a thought,
Nanc

That Doctor line "He is immature and will grow out of it" is so old-school.. shame on him. Also humiliating him is not the answer. Bed wetting is not a conscious decision it is a sleep disorder. Using the "good-nights" is like taking medicine. While the bed-wetting problem exists, I don't think your son should have a choice in wearing them.

My daughter wet the bed, and also sometimes had trouble with sleep-walking. We took her to a pediatric neurologist who prescribed a mild sleep aid a few hours before bedtime. It reset her sleep cycle, ( delta waves vs beta or alpha waves.. confuses me) But it gave her more REM sleep and less of the deeper sleep. She did great on it.

If your son has any other sleep issues talk to a doctor who is more open minded to finding a solution as opposed to brushing it off as no big deal.

Maybe the doctor would be more receptive if you start calling him whenever you get up to change the sheets. After a few nights of that, he might see it from your perspective ;-)

Teach him the Kegel exercises to strengthen his bladder control muscles-make it a game to stop urinating mid-stream, hold it for a few seconds, then continue.

I just got through this with my 5 year old. Some things I learned:
- allergies play a role. If your son is suffering from an allergy flare up, it will affect his bedwetting
- growth spurts play a role, too ( a new one to me!).
- Leaps and Bounds catalog has special underwear that will probably fit your son (I know I checked into it for Brian, and I figured it would fit him)
- my Pediatrician said the same thing about immaturity, especially with boys. Once he said that, I made sure I had extra bedding (yes, I still wash it right away, but I don't necessarily have to get it folded!)
- family history plays a role. We have two nephews (12 and 14) that are still, occasionally (once every week or 10 days) wetting the bed at night. Once I told my pediatrician that, he told me that we shouldn't be surprised to go that long, either.
- my MIL took the (waterproof) crib mattresses and made extra waterproof pads. If one of the grandkids wets through in the night, instead of changing the whole bed, the pad gets changed, and they go back to bed til morning.

HTH. I don't know WHAT triggered the change in Brian. July 4th weekend HE made the decision that he didn't want to wear Good Nights anymore, and he's been FAIRLY dry ever since. (Yes, when we went to my in-laws, I asked him to wear Good Nights, and he did, just in case...and when his allergies have been flaring up, I get a couple of wet mornings, but otherwise, he's been good!)

Hi, I was just wondering if you have ever heard that your son might have allergies and that the inside of his bladder is lined with a mucus so that actually makes his bladder "smaller" than what his body needs it to be. If you want to check out this website to maybe get him on an herb to help with this you can go to http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/products/catalog/produc...
it is actual bedwetting drops for kids. It will help soothe his bladder and may start to get rid of the mucus build up. You can check it out read it and decide. Also you could google allergies and bedwetting or mucus lining the bladder on children and you will find out a lot.
This is just an idea. My daughter still wet the bed until she was about 8 occasionally. She did grow out of it and we notice that if she is overtired, has sugary drinks before bed or has a bad dream she will have another episode. So stick with it! Your the best person for your son and be supporting of him and tell him you still love him and aren't mad. That can also bring on the stress and cause some more bedwetting. Also there is another thing I just thought of. He may not be coming out of REM sleep enough to listen to his body telling him he has to go. Another way of maybe training his body to do this on its own (it will be hard on you) is to wake him up every 2 hours and have him try potty. This might take a couple weeks but I have heard of parents doing that and then finally the kids do it themselves automatically.
God bless!
Lisa

My 7 year old just stopped wetting the bed. It took 6 months of getting him up around 12 or 1am every single night, but it worked. After about a month I let him stop wearing the Good Nights, and then we only had a wet bed a couple of times. Finally he had his first sleepover week before last. If he were still wearing Good Nights I would not have let him go on the chance it would leak and wet someone else's bed, or that he would be embarrassed about wearing it. We have not had a wet bed in several months now. I also had to cut off drinks at 7 each night. I felt bad when it was warm out and he played hard, and was thirsty, but you have to do it. We are all so happy that we don't have anymore wet beds. It was easy for me because most nights I am awake till about 1 anyway. If you aren't, set your alarm and get him up. And tell him you realize it's not his fault he's wetting the bed, but that he doesn't have a choice to wear the Good Nights until he stops.

I know there is medication you can take to stop this, but we didn't want to go that route. There are so many unnecessary medications these days.

First....start with asking him....
What is more embarrassing?
wearing a goodnight?
or lying in your own pee?

Put them back on at night, your frustration level will lower.
He may outgrow it...there is a very high percentage of children who wet the bed. But they hide it from their friends so he may feel like the only one.

I was a bed wetter as a child...
Yes I admit it...and it sucked. I would just wake up wet.
When I became a parent, I read so many parent magazine articles on it and found a few that I will always remember.

First...I'll tell you how I overcame it as a youth...
I discovered that I was a very heavy sleeper and just did not wake up to a full bladder. lol...I slept through thunder storms and alarm clocks....like a pesky full feeling could possibly wake me up.
So, I created a way to make me wake up out of a dream.
It takes concistency...every single time.
whenever you go to a restroom or bathroom....pinch your cheek. whether you are at home or out....before you undo your pants....pinch your cheek.
YOU HAVE TO DO IT EVERY SINGLE TIME.
You will only do in a dream, what you do in your conscious time. When you are in a dream and pinch your cheek, you will realize you are in a dream. It makes you wake up in a few minutes. Because your mind can not process how to act in a dream since you seldom know you are dreaming, so it wakes you up.
Did you ever notice when you are dreaming all the toilets are out of order? or you can't find one....and then you wake up. Those that wet the bed start to realize they have peed in their dream....found a restroom and had to go so bad they went in it anyway and got wet from it.
Well...I started pinching myslef...and when I am dreaming and looking for a toilet, I now pinch myself in my dream. I still do it as an adult, only because it is really neat to be able to realize you are dreaming. You have a few minutes to do crazy things....just dont pee...LOL

Ok, but there are other things from articles that can help too...
One trick was starting a graph.
marking daily how long he can hold his bladder after drinking a full 8 (or 10 depending on his size) ounces of water.
If he hold it successfully after a week or so, How long after 2 ounces more is added?
Do not allow him to hold it too long, if he can hold it a long time, increase it.
It is not only encouraging him to drink water and flush his system. He is stretching his bladder a little bit every day, and strengthening the muscles to be able to hold it in his sleep.

And many articles still recommend you wake him.
Again, consistency....do it every night.
He will develop his own internal alarm clock and will wake up on his own.
I put a second alarm clock in my daughters room when she was 8. It went off at 1am.

Goodluck!

This happened to my brother even past the age of 8. My parents took him to a specialist and found he had a gland dysfunction of some sort. I would recommend a second opinion - as well as compassion and sensitivity when speaking to your son. This is more hard on him than it is on you.

D. -

Here is my response to another posting on this subject (tailored to your son)

My daughter (almost 17) wet the bed almost to present day. We (the doctors and I) had determined that her body hasn't matured (yes even at almost 17) - she is also ADD - and was taking medications to curb her wetting (DDAVP - a medication that curbs the urge for nitetime enurisis)- I'm proud to say that she's FINALLY not wetting the bed anymore.

Now this is not to suggest that your son is ADD or anything like it.

He may just outgrow this in the years to come.

Have you consulted with your doctor to see if there maybe a medical issue with his bladder/kidneys? Ultrasounds for before and after voiding to see how much is left in his bladder? Something you may want to look into.

Here are some suggestions though that may 'curb' his urge to wet during the nite -

1- Others (in other postings on this topic for their own child) have mentioned getting one of those nighttime alarms where you insert it into his underwear (or pullup) - in my opinion - and personal life of trying this unit - it isn't worth spending that kind of money. My daughter never woke up to the alarm - only the whole house did - and getting her out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom was more of a headache than it was worth. Also - the unit 'rotted' out due to the urine - even after CLEANING it after every 'alarm'.

2 - if it is at all possible - have him go to the bathroom every 2 hours - whether he has to or not. This can get him into a routine of going. You can purchase a watch with an alarm on it and set it to go off in 2 hours and then reset it after he's gone to the bathroom. Also, while he's in the bathroom - have him sit there for at least 3-5 minutes to give his body the chance to relax and go. Let him do a puzzle or play a video game (like a gameboy) while on the toilet to let the time pass.

3 - eliminate ALL liquids and foods after dinner. If he eats, he'll be thirsty. If your son is indeed thirsty, give him enough to quench his thirst - not a full cup - but more than a sip. A bathroom sized "dixie" cup should suffice and only be filled 3/4 of the way and only filled once - just enough for a mouth full.

4- Have him go to the bathroom before bed.

5 - keep the lines of communication open. If he wets, he should be able to tell you without you getting upset/angry/distraught...etc.

6 - get a 'rubber sheet' protector for the mattress - this will be easier to clean up and save the mattress.

7 - if he wets, he needs to wash - plain and simple. I'm sure you are already doing this :) - if he's soaked through to the sheets - he needs to clean them as well (or at least strip the bed if you don't want him washing them)

Good luck - I know how you feel - I've been going through this for MANY YEARS and many mattresses later!

Dear D.,

He will eventually grow out of it -- mine did! In the meantime, invest in several large, commercial grade hospital bed pads from a hospital/medical supply store. They can be put down on top of the sheet and/or underneath. That didn't eliminate all the laundry for us, but at least we weren't having to do sheets every single day.

M.

My advice to you would be to tell him that you're not upset with him for the bedwetting because it is probably beyond his control. However, wearing pull ups is not something he gets to refuse to do and if he does refuse, he is more than old enough to change his own bed. Show him how, show him how to put his sheets into the washer and dryer etc and tell him that he is to do these things without bothering you because if he is old enough to refuse to wear pull ups, he is old enough to take the consequences.

Talk to your doctor about a medicine called DDAVP. It's a replacement hormone that reduces urination.
My son was on this for a couple of years because he had issues with wetting. It helped tremendously!!

Sorry to hear about this. I nannied for over 20 years and one of the best things that I saw on the market was a sensor that attaches to their underware and it is connected to a buzzer - the sensor picks up on moisture sets off the buzzer and wakes the child. It is effective as it conditions the child to respond - after a short while they are waking up by themselves. It sounds a bit extreme - but it works - I have tried it several different times. One of the other things that I have done is put the child on the toilet before I go to bed - this is a bit harder as you are dealing with a dead weight and also run the risk of the child waking up and not going back to sleep - but usually this is done with a younger child. The buzzer is sold through I think leapsandbounds.com or astepahead.com. I hope this helps, good luck.

I can sympathize with you whole heartedly...my son did the same until he was 11 years old. I too took him to the Pediatrician who told me there was nothing medically wrong. But as I had a similar problem until I was 9 years old we felt it may be somewhat hereditary. He did wear Goodnights every night up until this stopped and I can promise you, it WILL stop. I did find however that the more i was concerned and made an issue of it the more often it seemed to happen, as if anxiety was playing a role. We stopped all liquid intake by 8pm and reminded him to go to the bathroom before bed. Eventually he was waking up dry every morning.
I do not know if this has helped you at all, but just know that you are not alone, and as frustrating as this problem is, this to shall pass.

D., I am in the same boat, but my husband and I started cutting off the amount of fluid before bed time. Also waking him up after he goes to hed helps and making him go before bed. Although it doesn't work all of the time it works most of the time.
I want to try the sensor though I heard that it works really well

Hi D.,

I don't have any personal experience with this, but I have close relatives who do. Their son was an extremely heavy sleeper and really just unable to rouse himself when the signal to urinate hit. Their doctor suggested the alarm system--there is an alarm system that you can use that has a sensor in his underpants--the moment he starts to release urine, the alarm goes off and wakes him up. It teaches him to respond to his body's signal even through a deep sleep. I know a number of people who have used this and it's worked great (and quickly) for all of them. Good luck!

Hi,

My brother and I wet the bed growing up.
It was a combination of laziness and fear.
The hallway to the bathroom was dark and long so I was too scare to go.
If it goes on too long it becomes a habit.
My brother wet the bed into his teens.
So when my daughter wet the bed I was ready.

1. No liquids after 5:00pm. Make it even earlier if necessary. You can't pee on an empty bladder. I found that if she drank anything after six there was a possibility of bed wetting. I counted when the panties get wet, but not the entire bed.

2. Wake said child up at least three times a night if necessary to go to the bathroom like its the army. Before they go to bed they must pee. In the middle of the night when the bed is dry wake them up to go pee, just put them on the toilet and let them sit there until they pee. And right before dawn breaks wake them up again to pee. You are a sahm, so it would be easier for you as oppose to a working mother. I tell you my daughter peed the bed one time and the next night I woke her up each time and by the third time, she was like I am going mommy, I am going. (she meant the bathroom. Afterwards she just began waking her dad to go with her to the bathroom - she was scare of the dark.

3. Don't punish. Be nonjudgemental. Peeing the bed makes kids regress. My daughter was soooo sad when she had an accident and as I cleaned her bed without getting angry I told her how I use to pee the bed too and that its no big deal its part of growing up. I also asked her if she had the pee dream. The pee dream? Yeah, the water falls and rivers and her eyes ogt big and she got so excited and said I had that dream mommy! I said, that's God trying to tell you to go pee, you have to listen. She said, I will try and listen next time.

4. You must count out accidents due to first day of school, excitment over going on a new trip etc. Also after the sheets are clean and your baby is cleaned - don't forget the warm hug and kiss good night. Peeing the bed is just another developmental stage and has to treated as such, some parents get so angry by it. It's hard sometimes to be a big kid.

You might try a chiropractor for children like Dr Applebee. I don't have any specific experiance with this but I am a great believer in DCs. They can help with alergies or missaligment of the spine.

http://doctorapplebee.brightegg.com/page/6-our-services

Good luck and God Bless,
G.

Is he sleepy during the day? We had the same problem with 7 y/o and it turned out he had sleep apnea. One of the symptoms is night time uresis (sp?) which to me just means he peed a lot over night. His pediatrician dismissed me when I told him over & over something was going on (he slept 12 hours at night & was still exhausted). I took him for a sleep study against the advice of the doc and am I glad I did! I feel your laundry washing, sheet changing pain! Good luck.

Hi. Have you considered an emotional component to his bed wetting? Is he nervous, scared or having any problems with friends? Is it a problem with his sibling? Also could it be an allergy or sensitivity? I know of someone who had bladder problems and just by taking Teflon pans out of the house it cleared up... just a thought from outside the box.

Hang in there! I would get a hold of his doctor again.
Not sure what he means by "Immature". Depending on how you feel about this doctor...or see another ped. I had a younger brother who had a lot of trouble with this. And come to find
out there are a lot of children who have small undeveloped bladders that take some time to grow full size (which would be normal for his size/age). My brother's case was this, and stress didn't help him there either (which can be anything to a kid. A new grade, school ect..).
Ask a doctor for ideas and any suggestions. I can image how upseting and uncomfortable your 8 yr.old son is as well.

Hi D.,

Looks like you are getting some great advice from people with more experience than me. I just wanted you to know that there is a medicine you can evaluate/research for applicability to your situation. The chemical name is Desmopressin. The commercial names are DDAVP, Stimate and Minirin. Desmopressin is a synthetic replacement for antidiuretic hormone, the hormone that reduces urine production during sleep. For your son's age, it would be best taken as a pill. You can check it out on the web, along with other bedwetting information, however, the only sites I trust at this point are webmd.com and mayoclinic.com. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so you have to be careful. I don't know much about this medicine except that it has been around for a LONG time and it is replacing a natural hormone in the body, so there should be lots of data on its use and it is more natural than most. I do know 8 is too long to continue this and agree with the woman who wrote that you doctor should not be dismissing it at this point. I don't want to open a debate on the use of medicine since I couldn't/wouldn't necessarily defend it since I don't have to make the decision myself, I just wanted you to have the info so you could evaluate it for yourself.

We used a moisture-sensing alarm system for our 6 yr old and it worked like a charm. It took a couple of weeks, but was definitely effective. My son is a very heavy sleeper which is why I think it was difficult for him to wake himself up to relieve himself. My cousin also used this system and felt it was successful. Good luck!

My mother had a problem with bed wetting back then the doctor told them to give her a handful of raisins. i don't think it mattered what time of day but something in the raisins helped.
She then used that trick on all of us and we have used it on our children and now grandchildren. It's worth a try.
Thanks,Rose

HI D.,

As a child I was a bed wetter and what worked for my parents was to wake me up around 5am and have me go to the bathroom. It typically is in the last few hours when a child's bladder can no long hold it. This worked out well for my family since my father was heading out to milk cows anyway. I realize that it would be an inconvenience for you, but a lot less time consuming than washing and cleaning up after. I can still remember how embarrassed I was by my bed wetting so just try to be patient, I'm sure it is bothering your son more than you could ever know. He will most likely grow out of it. As an adult I do not have any incidences, even when pregnant, which believe me I was worried about.

My thoughts are with you and your family. Best of luck
B.

I can so relate...had the same problem with my son from the time he was 5yo or so till he was 11yo...I can heartily recommend an alarm...we used one from the Bedwetting Store (online) and it was actually special underwear that had a transmitter attached to it. A separate alarm plugged into an outlet in his room. It was really difficult in the beginning because most of the time a kid who wets the bed is one who sleeps really DEEPLY. My son didn't even hear the alarm (it is LOUD) in the beginning. A parent needs to get up and coach the child to turn off the alarm and then go to the bathroom. I thought the Bedwetting Store gave great customer support and advice and in a few months (about 3) no more bedwetting!!!!!!! I wish we had gotten the alarm when my son was your son's age. Effectively you are training your son to wake up when his bladder is full. It takes some time and definitely a commitment but it does work. (they also have special waterproof pads which are comfortable and let you just change them instead of all the sheets during the training process.) Good Luck!

Hi D.,

I am sorry for all that you have been going through. I read through everybody's advice and have not seen anyone mention thyroid disfunction. You might want to look into that. A simple test you can do at home is taking his basal temperature a couple of times first thing in the morning and go from there.

All the best to you and your son!

C.

Wow. Your letter was like looking at my life. I have a son who will turn 8 in November and is also a bed wetter (my daughter just turned 5 in June). I just took Nicholas to see Dr. Vates in Long Branch who came highly, highly, highly reccomended by the pediatrician and a mom from school. His wife is his nurse. Very friendly receptionist. Cool office for the kids. There were even teenaged boys in there (God help me if bed wetting lasts that long). Anyway, Nicholas does sleep in Good Nights, 4 hospital pads on his bed (2 under sheet and 2 on top), stops fluid intake at dinner, goes to the bathroom a good 2-3 times between dinner and bed and can still soak everything on Gods green earth. I don't know where is comes from but its there. Well, Dr. Vates was awesome. Nicholas loved him and my daughter cried because he wasn't "checking" her out. He did a couple of things with Nicholas and asked several questions, but our visit was pretty quick for a 1st time visit (which was nice) and very comfortable. He did suggest why purchase this special watch from bedwettingstore.com (800-214-9605). He said to purchase the $49.95 (SKU# GVLB - VibraLITE 3 vibration watch w/ velcro band). The total was $58.23 and came the next day. What the watch does is "re-potty trains" the bladder. You set the watch to go off every 2 hrs, he'll go to the bathroom and w/in a week, you'll see a difference. Nicholas' pullup is still wet, but not even close to where it was when we started 2 weeks ago. Dr. Vates will also give you a note for school the gives your son permission to go every 2 hours with no questions asked (hopefully). Nicholas thinks its the coolest thing to have a watch and he really pays attention to it. He will also go between alarms and then he'll go at the alarm. I've always said, all that urine and he should be fat. Where the heck do they store it all?!?!

Well, I really hope my info help you. I know the watch is pricy, but it really does help to "retrain" them. I wish you the best of luck.

~J.

We had the same problem. Even went so far as to have ultrasound on bladder, kidneys, etc. to make sure every thing was working properly and bladder was not undersized for his growth. Woke him up 2x a night, monitored liquids, etc. His urologist prescribed a nasal spray every night. Worked like a charm, until the insurance wouldn't cover it and switched to generic (which did not work).

So we found bedwetting tablets. Literaly that is what they are called. I purchased them from the local health food store. Worked like a charm. Just follow the directions. They are all natural.

My son wet the bed from 6 yrs old until about 16. Now he does't use the tablets and we have no problem. I am sure you have heard boys wet more than girls, they will just outgrow it, etc. The doctors really had no explaination and as I said we tried everything. My second son is 11 and has never had this problem at all.

I know it sucks. Changing sheets every night etc. And I know he is prob hugely embarrassed by this. We just made it "no big deal". It was part of our every day life. If he wet he stripped his bed and brought things down to the laundry room. I washed, put back upstairs and either he or I made the bed. Of course we had to omit toys, stuffed animals, etc. Like I said, it sucked, but it was more important to me that his self esteem not suffer, so "it was o big deal". I truly hope the nasal spray or tablets work for you. Good Luck.

This is what I wrote to another mom. Hope this helps.

I have responded to this many times. Is your son a deep sleeper. I was and was a bed wetter. Taking the pull-ups away isn't going to stop this. It's just going to drive you crazy because you'll have to change his bed everyday and a shower every morning. I was a very deep sleeper and wet my bed until I was 12. And honestly, I would see myself get up out of bed, go into the bathroom and sit down. The problem, I was dreaming it all. There is a system that worked for me, but it's not cheap (or it wasn't). There is a contraption that you snap to the front of your panties that when it gets wet it beeps. It attaches to a wrist band that is the "beeper" and it wakes you. It's kind of like conditioning (Thank you Pavlov and his dog). But that is what worked for me.

Hi D.,

My son is about to turn seven and he is still in Goodnights. He is a very deep sleeper and his pediatrician says he may still grow out of it, too (by 10 years old most kids do). In the meantime, we are buying a bed-wetting alarm to see if this helps. The doctor recommended The Bedwetting Store: 1-800-214-9605 or www.bedwettingstore.com

We have a $5 off promo code, too! enter EK7M7 at check-out.

Good luck.

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