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How can I stop my child from peeing in the bed??

He is 4 years old and has been potty trained since the age of 2 but only by day! He never has any accidents during the day no matter what! But at night he pees ALOT!!! we have used diapers and night time pull up and he still fills the diaper so full it leaks and SOAKS the bed! We even wake him up in the middle of the night to go pee. He doesn't really drink alot before bed. we have dinner about 4 and he just has about a cup of milk and nothing else. His bed time is 730. Any suggestions?

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Asked by ms_jackson at 12:39 PM on Jun. 24, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • It's normal for kids to have accidents all the way up until 7 or 8 years old. If it's not every night then it is just that an accident.. Buy some of those overnight pullups meant for bigger kids. Make sure that he uses the bathroom before he goes to bed and make sure he's not sneaking water out the bathroom faucet!! Keep getting him up at night, right before you go to bed. Then try it again later a few hours later. It sucks because You'll have to get up but it will get him in a routine of getting up himself! And make sure he knows it's okay to get up to use the potty! A lot of kids are scared to get up because they are afraid they will be in trouble or they are scared of the dark! Try leaving a hall light on so he won't be scared of going down the dark hallway and make sure he can reach the switch in the bathroom (step stools help with this).

    Answer by alwayscarolina at 12:44 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • Some kids are just bed wetters. There isn't anything you can do except wait for him to grow out of it. My son is almost 9 and still wets the bed occasionally and my almost 8yo daughter wets the bed every night.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 1:37 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • My son recently went through this after being night trained for 2 months. We finally figured out that it was because he was drinking more in the evenings. Typically he just gets milk at dinner around 6, but he was getting water as soon as he got home from daycare because it's been so hot. I cut out that afternoon drink, and started taking him potty when we went to bed, and he's been dry again. It sounds like you're doing all that, but you may have to take him potty more than once. I would take him when you go to bed and then once again in the middle of the night. We also learned to layer our son's bed so that when he wakes us up at 3:30 in the morning, we only have to strip down the top layer. He has his mattress, mattress cover, mattress pad, fitted sheet, flat sheet, mattress over, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and finally his blanket.

    Answer by Journey311 at 4:09 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • Other than restricting fluid intake a few hours before bedtime and making sure he uses the toilet before bed, it's mostly a matter of physical maturity. My DD1 wore diapers until nearly 5 1/2 due to a small bladder and being a very heavy sleeper.

    Answer by cedailey at 1:01 AM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • Have you tried taking him to the bathroom before you go to bed?

    Bladder control is achieved at different ages depending on the child. Children who had parents that were bed wetters often are bedwetters. Some child sleep too soundly to receive the signal that they need to use the bathroom.

    There are also actual medical problems that could be causing the problem, but they are normally not taken into consideration until a child is over the age of 6. Bedwetting is more common than you think in children 8 and under.

    Make sure that you son knows that it is okay to get up at night and use the bathroom as needed. Place night lights in his room and along the route to the bathroom.

    In the meantime, get a plastic mattress cover, Pull Ups and don't scold or punish your son. The bed wetting isn't his fault. It's probably just as upsetting for him as it is frustrating for you.

    Answer by DawnA72 at 1:50 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

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