How can I get my son to stop wetting the bed?

Can someone plaese give me some tips on how to get my son to stop wetting the bed? We have tried everything and nothing seems to be working.


Asked by Anonymous at 12:15 PM on Feb. 11, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • my 4 year old was wetting his bed while sleeping. We stopped giving him anything to drink two hours before bed time. We had him go potty in the toilet, I purchased a vinyl pad that goes under the fitted sheet. My husband figured out what time he was peeing and would wake our son up to take him pee. We also learned that he was afraid of the dark so we purchased a night light. Our son has not had an accident in a while. We never scolded him for wetting his bed,


    Answer by mommiedear at 12:37 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • Nothing to drink 1-2 hours before bed. Make SURE he potties right before bed. If you are willing, you can get him up in the middle of the night to take him to the bathroom. I personally wet the bed for a while and nothing helped until my mom took me to the doctor and they gave me pills to take before bed. Now I don't know what a pill can do to make you stop, lol, I think it was just a placebo, but either way, that's what finally worked for me, or my mother you could say.

    Answer by SandraB383 at 12:29 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • You can have medicine prescribed but some doctors use it as a last resort. It works by telling the kidneys to turn off. It dind't work for our daughter. She is a very sound sleeper and is 7. She still wets the bed every night. It doesn't run in the family so that isn't our reason. The doctors just seem to think she sleeps really hard and that is the cause of it. i would try the above suggestions. But don't sweat it if he doesn't stop. It really doesn't become worrisome until they are 10 or older. At least that is what 5 doctors have told us

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • Buy a pack of Goodnights and wait for him to outgrow it. I was a bed wetter and my parents tried EVERYTHING but I still wet the bed until I was 12. With my own kids I just kept them in pull-ups until they started waking up at night on their own to pee. My older son still wets at night at 8 years old, my younger son stopped wetting at 6.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 3:07 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • It depends on what you've already tried and if there is a family history. First, take him to be examined. Make sure everything is working right. After that, get yourself a monitor. I have the gold one on here. You can put on a pair of undies, attach the monitor and either put a pullup on over it or use a wet pad.

    Unfortunately, kids who have a family history of wetting don't get over it quickly or easily. My son is 11 and still has a problem. We were told that he would probably continue for as long as his father and uncle did. This is a biological problem for some kids and you are better off not stressing it because it will get worse if you do.


    Answer by yakara77 at 3:29 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • I say wait it out. Our doctor wouldn't do anything special until our kids were 8 or older. My son finally stopped wetting the bed every night last summer when he was almost 7. He still has accidents but only once in awhile.
    My 6yo daughter still wets the bed almost every single night. She wears pull-ups to bed. My youngest is almost 3, just potty trained and can go all night. She wears pull ups most nights but only because she can't make it up stairs to the bathroom in time and usually pees down her leg as she is trying to get on the potty, lol.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 4:23 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • There are four main reasons kids wet the bed:
    Sleep too deeply to know you have to go (or that you already went).
    Bladder too small to make it all night.
    The body doesn't slow down urine production at night like it's supposed to.
    A medical problem like an infection.

    What can you do:
    No fluids 2 hours before bedtime.
    A trip to the bathroom right before bed.
    If you are willing, a trip to the bathroom at 2am. If he's still dry when you wake him, try 2:30 the next night. Keep adjusting until you find the time when he is wet. Then wake him half hour before that time every night until he starts waking himself. That can take months or years.
    Try a bedwetting alarm. It wakes him as soon as he starts to go, helping to teach his brain to do something about that "full" feeling while asleep.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:17 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • I grew out of my bed wetting- with some effort on my part and some bribery from my parents- LOL I was promised a huge sundae from Baskin Robbins when I had gone for a week w/o wetting. I think I got three sundaes before it took for good. We were pretty *poor* so this was a big deal. My hubby wet the bed- but he had a kidney that never developed it stayed fetal size- he was always getting infections. At 9 he had to have it removed because he almost died from an infection. Now our 7 yo is wetting. Partly due to deep sleep- partly due to laziness on her part, partly due to??? Hopefully we are soon to be rid of it. I accidentally bought DIAPERS instead of pullups last time- she was so upset. I couldn't believe they made diapers that big!! What infant weighs 45+ pounds???

    Answer by mtnmama111 at 1:42 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

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  • Be patient! It takes alot to get thru this time. My son is 15 now and just stopped about a year ago. It was because his bladder did not grow as fast as his body did. One thing the dr had told me years ago is when he needs to go to the bath room to make him hold it as long as he can. It helps his bladder get bigger but as the other one had said I stopped letting him have anything to drink for about 2 hours before bed time. Now an old wifes tale was to give them a table spoon of honey before he goes to bed. Not sure what it was suppose to do but I could never get my son to take it. lol If your child is steadly growing fast that might be the problem. My son is 6'3 at 15 years old does that tell ya how fast his body was growing? Now you understand why his bladder could not keep up? He has always been a bigger child then normal. Good luck and be patient.

    Answer by princessG42870 at 4:44 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

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  • My son is 8 years old now but he did up to the age 6. He will outgrow it. the Doctor says it is common because there bladder hasn't grown yet. So don't Worry. Just try not to give him anything to drink about and hour before bedtime. And use a plastic cover over the mattress. Just bare with it for a while. Its not his fault. Be patient.

    Answer by Lor7387 at 12:17 AM on Dec. 16, 2009

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