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three year old with new bedwetting should i be concerened?

My daughter who is three and a half has always been a great sleeper. She has been potty trained for over a year and dry at night for about 8 months. In the last month we have had three or four nights where she wets the bed. Literally soaks it. I don't give her anything to drink after dinner, and we always have her go before bed. She has also started waking up a lot at night screaming and coming into our room. any one have any advice?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:45 PM on Jul. 18, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Are there any new changes in her life? A move, new baby, new school, divorce, death in the family? Any of those things can easily be an underlying cause. Unfortunately, it can also be nothing. Night terrors often emerge around 3 years old. Lots of TLC and patience. Also getting her up about 11pm to go potty can also be helpful. I had to do this with 2 kids, and not the other 2.
    Is there any other physical signs? Like drinking excessively, urinating way more than usual...anything of that nature and she needs to be evaluated by a Dr. to be sure there isn't a medical problem.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 9:55 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • I agree with Grandma.... look for stressers in her life. The bedwetting and night terrors are most likely related.
    Until you find the cause or it eases on its own, deal with the results.
    Ask her if she would prefer sleeping in pullups until her body is ready to go back to being dry at night. Make sure she knows it's her body that is having a temporary problem, not her.
    If she doesn't want a pullup or Good Night for the night, then double make the bed... waterproof pad, bottom sheet, waterproof pad, bottom sheet. Lay out some extra blankets and clean PJs before bedtime. If she wakes up wet in the night, it's simple to strip the wet layer while she changes into the handy PJs and to tuck her back in under the dry blankets.
    And don't bother limiting fluids. It does not help. Her body will continue to filter her blood and produce urine all night long no matter how little she drinks.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 10:54 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • I had a friend who's son had a similar problem and she took him to the chiropractor and it helped. After a few months he started to have accidents again so she took him back and got him readjusted and it helped.

    Answer by apollo9357 at 8:44 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

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