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Advice on Bedwetting - 9.5 Year Old Boy

Help! Has anyone any advice for how to stop bedwetting? Our pediatrician recommended the Sleep Dry Alarm, but reading about it does not sound encouraging (alrm loud enough to wake the whole family). He sleeps so deeply/soundly, it is almost impossible to wake him to toilet, besides me losing beauty sleep! I know he will not go to college in pull-ups, but he'll be 10 in April...

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i don't think it can be stopped, until he grows out of it, i wet the bed until i was 13, it was hard, especially at sleepovers and all, but i remember i just grew out of it.

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All I can say is give it more time. I have a 10 and a half year old girl that had the exact same issue, and one day just stopped wetting. (at about age 8and a half). I work as a pediatric psych nurse with children ages 4-12 and have seen the alarms used (these are very loud and scary), meds used and the method of waking them at the same time every night to try to make it "habit" for the body. I dont believe in any of it, quite honestly. These bedwetting kiddos dont WANT to wet the bed. It is not a volitional behavior. They are dry during the day and never have "waking" accidents. Its worth having conversations with your child about and getting it to the forefront of their brains to "TRY" and wake up in the middle of the night to go......but not worth harping on. They feel bad enough as it is. Pullups and lots of love/understanding goes a long way. Just be thankful your 11year old is dry at night. (my younger son never wet a day/night in his life) Of course you should try all the obvious tricks.....no fluids after a certain time at night, emptying their bladder before going to sleep, and making sure the bathroom is accessable and easy to get to. Good luck!

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My brother went through the same thing and mom took him to the dr,try not giving him anything to drink after 6pm and make sure he goes to the bathroom before he goes to bed.hope this help,my brother unexpectly stop doing this with no meds,i guess he grew out of it.

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Hello A.,
I see you have gotten some other advice. But I would also like to comment. When my son was 7 yrs old (he's now 12)He was and still is a sound sleeper. I got him one of those pager alarms that would vibrate, and also had the option to make a small alarm sound. It was a small credit card size pager (of course a little thicker) That was place in a special pocket of the underwear (3pairs came with it) The BEST part was there were NO wires. In less than two weeks, he stopped wetting the bed! The alarm would wake him enough to get him up to go. I cannot, for the life of me, remember the name of the company I bought it from. (out of Seatle,WA) However searching online just now for it, I came across something called the NightHawk from Potty pager.com This one is designed with a quiet alarm for older kids. It clips into regular briefs. This is the closest I can find to what we used.
My opinion is that the pager really helps trigger the brain to respond at the slightest wetness. and thus breaking into the unconcious signals of the bladder.
I hope this info is helpful to you.

Mom of a 12 AND 2 year old. K. C.

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this is a little embarassing but here goes. I was a bed wetter and my parents had used a similar devise. I learned really quickly how to turn it off and it was basically a waste of time and money. I just grew out of it. Good luck!!!

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Hi A.,
My sonwas a bedwetter up to age 8 and I was in the same boat as you. My two step-kids and their friends, my son, husband and myself were going on our first family cruise. I did not wnat to be packing pull ups for a ten day cruise!! I got the alarm system and he was out of the pull ups at night in one week!! I was told that they get into such a deep sleep the brain does not process the "have to go to the bathroom" cue and they wet the bed. He was wetting thorugh the pull ups and sleeping in a soaked bed. It is not as loud as you would think. It did startle my son the first two nights but after that he was up and running to the bathroom. I would give it a try. I forget the exact brand I used but it was a simple alarm thar was near their head strapped through their pj's and the wire ran to the front of their underwear and buttoned to the fly area to detect the first drop of moisture and of the alarm went. My concern was strangulation, being a parnoid mom, but it is not something to worry about with this device. Good Luck!!
Kim :)

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The only advice I can give you is to relax and be calm about teh situation, My 3 boys have all wet the bed, the oldest stopped at 12, he is now 16, the middle one, still has an occasional bout, but waking him at 11 and having him go to the bathroom every night helps to lighten their deep sleep and allow them to learn to wake upo when they need to go. My youngest is 8 and was a everynight bed flood-er until he made the decision that he wanted things to change. I have noticed that if there is a nightmare or unsettling day that he is more likely to have an accident, But explaining that it is not something they have 100% control over has helped my sons to cope. They know it will stop when it is time and we can do small things to help like limiting fluid intake at night, no dairy products after 5:30 pm, and trying to be in a clam emotional state,. Sometimes they say I will be dry 10 times before they go to bed, but that is their choice and not mine. Goodluck and breathe! J.

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