6 Year Old with Too Many Night Time Potty Accidents

Updated on November 02, 2012
D.M. asks from Littleton, CO
11 answers

Hello there! My daughter just turned 6, and is finally starting to get the idea of night time dryness. I talked w/ her dr. about his through the years. She NEVER had a dry night until about 6 mos ago, now is dry about 50% of the time. HOWEVER, she will go throug streaks of consistent accidents. They didn't used to wake her - she'd sleep through. Now she will wake and go potty to finish... Typically her accidents are at about midnight (only 3-4 hours after bedtime). I know that every child is different and she is making progress. We have cut liquids at night, etc. I will also talk w/ her Dr about this again next week. I just wanted some mom advice from anyone who has experienced this before. Starting to wonder if there is a physical problem and getting a bit concerned.

What can I do next?

  • Add your own comment
  • Ask your own question
  • Join the Mamapedia community
  • as inappropriate
  • this with your friends

So What Happened?

Thank you

Featured Answers



answers from Pittsburgh on

There's no such thing as night training! She'll be dry when her body is physiologically ready and developed.
Just let her wear Good Nites and viola! No stress.

Edit My Answer
6 moms found this helpful

More Answers


answers from Norfolk on

She's getting there but is not quite there yet.
Our son was 7 1/2 and in pullups at night before he could stay dry all night.
Some kids are 10 or 12 before they outgrow it.
It's very common.

3 moms found this helpful


answers from Oklahoma City on

If you search this topic you'll find that a majority of kids do not stay dry at night.

Kids are NOT supposed to wake up to go pee. Just like adults are supposed to sleep all night, kids are too.

The kidneys are supposed to get a chemical prompt to stop urine production when the child falls asleep. Then the bladder does not continually get filled. Once that chemical turns on they'll be dry at night. Until it does they will be wet. Some kids wet the bed until they are teens. Each and every night.

Stopping fluids has nothing at all to do with the urine in her bladder. Actually the more urine there is the more likely she is to wake up and go, she'll feel the fullness and wake up to go.

She needs to drink as much as she needs. It does not help, it actually can make the bed wetting worse. If she is dehydrated and without the fluids she needs she can even get a UTI due to not drinking during this time.

Put her in pull ups and let her grow at her own rate. She is not necessarily going to be dry at all for a couple more years.

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Kansas City on

I couldn't disagree with OneandDone more. Night training with alarms works.

I was a bedwetter, and I did it until about the age of 10! My oldest son was a bedwetter and we got an alarm for him when he was about 7, it took about 1 week with the alarm and he hasn't had an accident since. He would wet the bed every night before the alarm. We kept using the alarm for about a week after he'd started having dry nights, just to reinforce, but it works.

I'm so glad we did this, it caused me so much shame as a child. As you can imagine, I had a hard time going to sleep overs because of this.


2 moms found this helpful


answers from Austin on

I wet the bed for many years... I remember going to sleep-overs and having the mom put a rubber sheet beneath me! That was embarassing... but there weren't any "good-nights" type things back then......

I probably completely outgrew it by the time I was 10, maybe? I don't remember how long....

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Charlotte on

I don't think your ped is as knowledgeable about this as you need. Ask for a referral to a ped urologist.

I suspect that your child's body is not actually telling her to stop producing urine when she sleeps. That is what our brains do, DM, tell our bodies to stop producing it. It doesn't matter how much liquid you cut out before going to bed - if the brain doesn't signal the body to not make the urine, you're still going to fill up over 8 hours.

There are medications that help with this - a nose spray, I believe. That may be only for severe cases - I don't know. However, I really think that you need more support than you have with your ped.

Good luck!

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Detroit on

she will be dry someday. Her brain will learn to wake her up when her bladder is full. youcan get an alarm that goes into her underwear to wake her up.

my daughter will be 7 soon. and is wet every night. I dont worryone bit about it. someday she will be dry.. and until then pull ups are fine.

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Dallas on

All kids are different. I talked to my chiropractor about my youngest about a week ago. He said the with my son it's probably genetic but to try to cut him off from drinking at 7:30 which is impossible cause three nights a week he's at gymnastics till that time and still has not eaten dinner. I don't know how early you are cutting her off. Some kids don't grow out of it for quite a while. You might want to talk to your mom and your MIL to see if there is family history. I knew my brother was older but didn't know he was like 16 or 17 before he quite and my nephew that's 16 still does sometimes. So I have to take him to the dr to see if they can do some tests. I think my oldest was like 7 before he quit. She's still pretty young to worry too much about it I think.

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Columbus on

We took our son to the bathroom at 11pm every night so that he would make it through the night dry. He got into the habit of getting up every night around that time, and he finally stopped needing us to do that when he was about 7. Most of the time, he didn't even remember us getting him up, he'd sleepwalk through the whole process, pretty much. I don't think there's anything to worry about -- her bladder just hasn't caught up in size with the amount of liquid she's producing.

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Salt Lake City on

My son had accidents until about 8 I think. We finally got the doctor to prescribe a potty alarm. It clips to their underwear and when it gets wet it wakes them, but if she is already waking up to finish I don't know if that would work. It seems like we also talked about medication but I don't think we ever really used it since the alarm worked for us. I would talk to the dr again but in my experience they didn't really want to do anything until they were a little older and it started to bother the child. I remember we also tried double elimination before bed. Have them go to the bathroom then go again a few minutes later, they told us some kids haven't developed the muscles to completely empty the bladder so having them go twice helps with that.

Good luck I know the frustration of washing sheets constantly, and it is not fun but she should still be able to outgrow this hopefully sooner rather than later.

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Boise on

Cut out all milk several hours before bed. Milk affects calcium levels and calcium/magnesium/potassium lelvels effect nite peeing. Another thing that can cause night wetness is hyperglycemia. The ladies speaking about kidneys below have the right idea per se, but it is more that that.

Try to bring up potassium levels which will help (potatoes/ripe bananas) . Limit sodium and calcium which add to nocturnal urination.