G.G. asks from Villa Rica, GA on March 25, 2008
Wetting the Bed at Night
OK...My son just turned 5yrs old! He is potty trained and has been since he was
3yrs old. He wears a pull-up at night to go to bed. Problem is...he is wetting
through his pull-up and onto the mattress. I have stopped giving him anything to drink
and when he does not wet through to the mattress his pull-up is still full most of the
time. What do I do! I am tired of washing sheets and mattresses and pjs.
R.G. answers from Atlanta on March 28, 2008
There is probably nothing you can do but wait it out. My brother didn't stop wetting the bed until he was about 10 and my mom tried everything. Sorry. Please don't punish him in any way it is NOT his fault. He'll grow out of it. I hope that helps. SMILE!
L.H. answers from Charleston on March 26, 2008
Just a couple of suggestions. first, regular pull-ups arent designed to keep kids dry, especially through the night. try an "over night" pull on "pant" designed for older children (such as 5 y.o.'s) these are more expensive, but also more absorbent. they are sold with the regular diapers. also you can find absorbent pads for the bed which can help save the mattress, if not the sheets. i found a good one at the drug store where they have supplies for old folks with the same problem. i dont know much about bed-wetting, but would discuss with his pediatrician at next appt. there are some anatomical causes which kids tend to out-grow, but would still mention the issue to his doc. hope this helps (some).
C.B. answers from Spartanburg on March 26, 2008
I had the same problem when my son (now 14) was little. He also wore pull ups and the bed was always wet. I tried everything from not giving him anything to drink before bed, getting him up in the middle of the night to go, to taking him to Dr. and put on medication. Nothing worked. It was really frustrating!!! Talked to different Dr. and she said it was that his body was not telling him that he needed to wake up and go potty. He was a very sound sleeper and still is. He finally grew out of wetting the bed around age 8. That's a lot of pull ups and laundry!! Maybe your son is having the same issue. I'm sure he'll grow out of it too!! Good luck!
M.R. answers from Savannah on April 13, 2008
My son is 4 going to be 5 in may and is still wearing pull ups to bed also. We have tried everything from not leting him drink after 7, to going potty right before bed, but still either had pottied through to pull up or it was totally full in the morning. So what we have done is this:
No drinks after 7, potty before bed, plastic mattress protecter, chart with stars for nights with no wetting, and the 12 am up to potty. It is hard to get up every night at 12 for the potty ritual but it has seemed to work. He is wetting the bed less frequently and the stars make him more willing to try. The ped says boys can continue to have this problem up till age 6 and if he is still having the problem after 6 yr old then will refer to a urologists, but he believes it is not a physical issue but more that he just plays so hard during the day and is totally out when finally goes to bed that he is not aware that he is wetting the bed.
I hope this helps.
J.S. answers from Atlanta on March 26, 2008
I had to keep mine in pullups until 7 (used Goodnights, not regular pullups). To keep him from going through, I would get him up 1.5 hours after he feel asleep to get him to go. Most every night, he would empty the majority of his bladder then. Once in awhile, he would still wet the pullup, but mostly it would be dry. Watch his diet, milk or any dairy made it worse. If he eats ice cream, give him Rice dream instead or popsicles.
We still get him up, but no pullups. Hope that helps.
A.W. answers from Florence on March 26, 2008
Hi there. My kids are treenagers now, but I remember the ritual we practiced with each of them: To bed at a children's bedtime first of all, so that was between 7 and 8. Pee before bedtime, obviously. Get the child up at 10 or 11 pm, before you go to bed yourself, and "sleepwalk" him to the bathroom, set him on the toilet and tell him to pee. Some kids have a really hard time waking up, so I'd hold on to them, turned the faucet on in the sink, talk a little bit to keep them roused and before long, sometimes immediately: pssssss. If you do this diligently EVERY night, they get used to it and eventually the bed stays dry! Once we lie down, the bladder fills faster than while we were upright. Kids sleep so hard that a full bladder doesn't wake them up; the wet and sometimes cold bed will:( too late. So teach them to wake up and relieve themselves after the first hours of sleep. Then first thing after waking in the morning: run to the toilet.It takes a lot of reminding. When my children would come running to my bed in the morning, I'd ask them "have you peed yet?" Oops, sometimes they'd forgotten - they'd turn around to quickly go take care of it and then crawl under my warm covers for a few minutes of waking up together.
Maybe a pull-up gives your son a false sense of security as well. I'd say stop wasting your money on them (what a bad invention those things where!)and let him wear big boy underwear. Good luck!
L.B. answers from Spartanburg on March 26, 2008
Have you tried getting him up to go to the bathroom, in the night? My daughtrer, after she was potty trained, had a hard time with bed wetting. Before I go to bed, but long after she has went to bed, I will take her to the bathroom. When she was still having the bed wetting issue, I would wake her up about 2am, and take her again. I guess it just got her body in the habit. She has not wet her bed in the last year. I do still take her to the bathroom, before I go to bed, though, just to be sure. It will be a pain getting up at 2am, but I think it is much better than getting up to change sheets, and bathe the little one.
R.B. answers from Atlanta on March 26, 2008
I know this first hand, I have a 12yo that still battles it. Talk to your DR. Try a heavy duty mattress pad with a waterproof pad too. Hopefully he will grow out of it, we are still hoping ours does. He does take medication that helps out but still nothing is perfect!!
L.W. answers from Atlanta on March 26, 2008
Have you tried the pull-ups made for Nighttime that are extra absorbant? They are made by Huggies and in blue wrapper with Buzz Lightyear on them for boys.
C.B. answers from Atlanta on March 26, 2008
My son (5 years old) does the same thing. My husband is livid! The problem we found is that my son puts his hand in his pull at night, touching himself.... He falls asleep leaving himself positioned pointing up. So when he wets it leaks outside the pull up on to the bed. We strongly asked him to stop, and then got him to put socks on his hands at night. It reminded him he isn't suppose to be in there....