My son is now 7 and we are having a hard time with the bed wetting. I will take his drinks away at 6 PM and wake him up to let him go to the restroom but he still happens wets his bed. He has been prescribed medicine and it isn't working either. I am just tired of doing laundry every morning before I go to work, and it is bothering his mental well being as well. Please help!
shopping_addiction_woman from Nashville, IN
your son will more than likely grow out of this. for the meantime get him some goodnites. (pullup diapers for big kids). let him take care of using them and throwing them away in the morning himself. do not belittle him he feels bad enough already.
Take him to the Dr. They have a pill that will strengthen his bladder. We only needed it for a short time and it was cured.
I think you should be sure to have him checked by a doctor. I'm worried that the bedwetting isnt the problem, but rather a symptom of another problem. It might be an emotional problem. Please do not belittle the child for something he cannot help.
Bedwetting is something that simply takes time to outgrow. We had one son who required GoodNites till age 12. Even then there was often bedding to wash. We used a zippered plastic mattress cover and bought inexpensive mattresses when necessary. Teach him to do the laundry. Just as he would be taught to clean up anything else he spilled, etc., treat this very matter-of-factly as well. Tell him a simple "thankyou" or "good job" with little other attention to it all when he cleans up after himself. He will mature in this area on his body's own timetable. Peace and best wishes. Been there...
I was governness to a six yr old girl who had a problem bedwetting. This was before the pullups and goodnight bigger size diapers.
She had a bladder problem. She was treated medically, and in the year I was there, her 'accidents' were less often, and finally gone. Sometimes thier bladders just do not grow as fast as they do.
Just try to be patient. Do not get mad at him, as I am sure it is not something he enjoys doing, as it is out of his control. Just treat it as a matter of fact. Oh, okay, let's wash those sheets straight away and clean up the mess if any. Children try so hard to please us and when we get cross, even if we don't think it harsh, they do. Getting him up is a good idea, as is no liquids after 6. However, the positive reinforcement for a dry bed and a matter of fact attitude without a big fuss when there is not will be a load off his mind. But getting him to a doctor to see if it may be something medical is a must. It may be that you can get it taken care of that way. Good luck and hug the little guy and tell him you love him.
My son is 28 years old now & when he was a boy he too had a bed wetting issue every night. I had to use really thick underwear & plastic pants back then but please do not get angry. This is something he will outgrow when his kidneys & bladder mature. My son would not spend the night with anyone because he was embarrassed but it stopped by the time he was in the 5th grade. He is a grown man now married & has a 1 year old son of his own.
Our daughter is almost 8 and still can't stay dry at night. No problems during the day. She did train late tho at 4. Anyway, she is small for her age and a pull-up still fits her so she wears one every night. She doesn't mind at all. Sure, I'd like to quit buying them but I really don't want to strip a peeped up bed every day and wash bedding. There are some "diapers" for bigger kids called "Goodnights"....suppose to look and feel like underwear. I have not mentioned any of this to our daughter's pediatrician yet. I figured she would outgrow it and I don't want drugs or surgery to be suggested. Sometimes she's dry so eventually I'm sure she will be dry every morning. Children's bodies mature at different rates.
I would suggest taking him to the Dr. My aunt, my stepbrother and I all had trouble with bedwetting when we were young. During each of our childhoods we were all diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. There may be a connection your child. Mention it to your Dr. and have him check all possible causes. Remember this is very embarrassing for him, so please do not get angry when it does happen.
PLEASE hear me out! Take him to a chiropractor. My son was wetting at least 3 times each night for most of his first 6 years; I did not want him on a prescription to "calm" him down as my husband's dr. had prescribed for him as a child. I considered therapy for him as his dad and I were divorcing when he was 5. But a casual conversation w/a girlfriend whose husband is a chiropractor led me to our solution!
One treatment/adjustment and my son was dry ALL night for the next 27 DAYS. It couldn't hurt to explore this option, and may just be the answer for you, too!
I would hate to have your son "suffer" w/this condition needlessly for years - we all know it's embarrassing and humiliating for the child.
I have babysat at nights for a lot of children and so many of them wear Goodnites. Bedwetting is very common. It is just that parents do not talk about it. Let your son wear them so you don't give yourself all the laundry. I can remember my sister, myself, and one of my daughters, all having problems as children.
I also agree with going to the Chiropractor. However if that does not work. Go to the Dr. and ask about the "Potty pager" I don't know if they still have them or something similar. My son is 19 now and had a problem for a long time at night only. The "pager" would wake him as soon as his underwear got a little wet. After 3 nights he was practically dry. He was sleeping too soundly. The "pager" reminded him he needed to get up at a certain time to go to the bathroom. Good Luck!
As a mom of 5 I had 3, 2 girls and a boy that wet their beds until the age of 9 or 10. I made sure that they were checked out by the doctor and the I used thick underwear and plastic pants. Worked well for me.
I have four kids who wet the bed 3 boys ages 14, 12, 11 and a girl 9. all of them wear goodnites and plastic pants under their pajamas and it has helped alot I suggest it to all parents of bedwetters!
I'm for the Goodnights for over nights and hectic weeks when washing every night is out of the question. I have a 7yr old that wets as well. He has a plastic mattress cover on a mattress that was GIVEN to us....so cheap mattress is a good way to go. He wears protection occassionally and is definitely responsible for washing his bedding without humiliation or punishment. It's just a way of life for now and eventually he will grow out of it. Oh! .... and he's a big fan of fabreeze for that smell in the room if he lingers on Sat & Sun mornings without cleaning himself up.
He'll grow out of it when his body is ready. I've got a bedwetter, also, and have talked with MANY moms
who have grown kids who were bedwetters. It's just a physical development thing, very common and they will usually be done between the ages of 9-15! Hope that helps--we just use Goodnites and I rarely have to do laundry for wet sheets. No shame in that!
Hello! My heart goes out to you and your child. I understand the frustration you are going through, as i have a child who wet the bed nightly (often several times) until he was 8 years old. We solved his bed wetting by using an alarm. The bed wetting alarm took about 2 months of patient use but has given us years of dry nights.
The book that really helped me was, Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness, by Renee Mercer. I urge all parents dealing with a child's bed wetting to read it. My child absolutely loved the children's book, Prince Bravery and Grace - Attack of the Wet Knights by Gail Ann Gross. It is the story of a young prince who struggles with "the Wet Knights" and eventually defeats them by using an alarm. It's funny yet empathetic and gave him the understanding and motivation to end the bedwetting. www.braveryandgrace.com has lots of positive information about solving bed wetting. Invest in the books-they make the process so much easier, then an alarm -its the best decision I ever made. Let me know if you have other questions. I wish you the best!
I am the mom of a bed wetting 14 year old daughter. She has weak bladder muscles due to the state of depression she was in 2 years ago after dad died from a heart attack. I use a thick cloth diaper and rubber pants on her a night. She broke out in rashes from disposables. The cloth diaper and rubber pants work well for her. She is a very girly girl and I sometimes put the diaper and rubber pants on her for special occasions. She wears them every Easter under her cute Easter dress.
My son was 6 years old and still wetting the bed at night. The laundry was killing me and I could see the wetting was starting to eat away at his self confidence. I took the kid to the doctor's office in hopes of getting a prescription that I had seen on a TV commercial. My doctor had a better solution, one that was free, easy, and no pills with possible side effects were required. It worked the first night and we never had another accident!
The doctor simply told my son to "practice" and train the muscle that would "hold it" while he was asleep at night. He asked my son to simply stop and start his flow of urine a few times a day when he was going potty. Start to pee, stop, start again, stop again, then finish. Doctor said that kids grow faster than every part of their bodies can keep up with.
This simple muscle training exercise literally worked the first time and we never had another problem. It was so easy to do, I thought the poor doctor had lost his mind and was sure it would never work. I figured we'd humor him and then be back in a few weeks for the prescription we came in for in the first place. Ha! I wish I had a way to shout this solution from the roof tops, as so many kids wake up each morning and, as soon as they realize their bed is wet, immediately feel bad about themselves and that they are somehow bad and need to feel ashamed and embarrassed. Forget all that. Just practice keeping that valve turned off so that your brain will know to keep it turned off while you sleep. Poof! Dry mornings!
Although many young children wet their beds, most stop by the time they are 4 or 5 years old. Bed-wetting that persists can lead to embarrassment and teasing by peers. If your child is 6 or 7 and still can't stay dry through the night, you should consider speaking to a doctor about bed-wetting treatment. One treatment that helps many children is a bed-wetting alarm.
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