When should I seek medical help for bed wetting?

My daughter wets the bed EVERY night. And not just once. Since she was 2 and a half. We had about 6 months of dry nights between 2 and 2 and a half. I knew it ran in the family and prepared for the long haul. I did some reading a year ago to prepare myself for trying to end it. Our Dr assured us that it wasn't considered a problem until age 6, and most of the books I read agreed. Well, she's about to turn 7. We will have health Ins. in about 3 months, but I worry that we should take her in sooner, or should have already. Thanks in advance!

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Star76

Asked by Star76 at 9:16 PM on Nov. 11, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • have you tried behavior modification - I work with kids age 7-12 and many of them come into our program with nighttime enuresis - we limit liquids after about  7pm to decrease the need to urinate at night and we use a sticker charts where they earn a reward for increasing the # of dry nights. also we try to wake them up at least 2x a night to encourage them to use the bathroom with the hope that they will eventually start waking on their own. also if she continues to have this problem they sell underpants with an alarm that wakes them when they wet. and if all else fails they have a medication for older children (I think they have to be at least 10 before it's considered) that stops the wetting.

    tmcewen

    Answer by tmcewen at 9:25 PM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • I'm reluctant to try anything because she is super sensitive and I don't want to set her up for a fall if it turns out to be a med. problem. She already has very few, if any liquids after diner. And even on nights we forget the pullup she doesn't wake up from being wet.
    Star76

    Answer by Star76 at 9:34 PM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • I'd try the alarm. I wet the bed until nearly 6. My parents tried everything - the charts, the rewards, waking me, limiting fluids - nothing worked. Like your daugher, I didn't wake up from being wet. I slept soudly all night and only discovered I was wet in the morning. The alarm worked for me in one night though from what I understand a couple of months is most common. A medical supply store will carry them or you can try online at places like www.bedwettingstore.com.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:01 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • I understand you don't want to set your daughter up for failure. She's old enough to understand the costs of medical care and that you will have insurance soon. Get the alarm and let her know that if it doesn't work, you'll take her to the doctor to see if there is a medical problem. Also let her know that it is common! At least 2 other classmates have the same problem. Have her look around her classroom tomorrow and think about that. There's no way to tell who has this problem and who doesn't. But she's not alone even though she feels like she is.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:01 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • Don't worry too much . . I wet the bed til I was in high school. . they tried everything from pills to alarms everything. . then finally said well your brain just isn't developed enough yet. . and left me to "grow" out of it. . it was very embarrassing and my dad was really hard on me for it . . I wasn't doing it for attention I had no control and was scared I would never be able to get married because of it but I did eventually just stop one day out of the blue.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:36 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • I had this problem when I was 5 or 6. I had frequent bladder and kidney infections and I ended up seeing an urologist. Well upon seeing the urologist they discovered I had a deformed bladder and it was very small. {It is a common defect in girls} I ended up having to have a balloon in my bladder for several days so that the docs could stretch out my bladder. After the healing time I never wet the bed again. I would definately talk some more about this to a doctor. It is possible she could be having a problem with her bladder. It never hurts to look into things like this.
    nyteowl

    Answer by nyteowl at 4:10 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • My son is 6 and he wets almost every night. We've been setting an alarm clock in his room for 1am and he gets up and goes to the bathroom on his own. He's had a couple dry nights so far so I am optimistic that it is helping. Don't be afraid to try things because you're worried it will hurt her feelings. It doesn't feel good to be that age and wet yourself, just explain that you're trying something new to see if it helps.
    Gabrielle00

    Answer by Gabrielle00 at 9:56 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • Thank you everyone for the advice and encouragement. Last night I ended up saying something to her about trying to get her to the point where she wouldn't need pull-ups anymore and it was the first time she said "ok." Usually when we bring it up she cries that she just has to have them because she can't wake up. Despite the fact that we've always been very careful about how we handle it, and what we say. So maybe she's ready now. I'm going to wait until the excitement of B-days and the holidays is over to start anything, but now I will be going into it with a better attitude. I'm also going to bring it up to her Dr. when we go in for her 7 year well visit, just in case. Thank you again!
    Star76

    Answer by Star76 at 10:58 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • Try reading the book "Dry All Night" with her. I tried everything with my daughter...this book finally helped. It teaches kids to use their imagination to wake them up or hold their bladder at night. I know it sounds corny, but it was what worked for my daughter. As an adult, my daughter still talks about how this book "saved her life."
    FlyMom07

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 11:15 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • I WOULD ALSO GET HER CHECKED OUT BY THE DR CUZ THERE COULD BE SOME THING WRONG.. MY 6 YR OLD HAS WET THE BED AND WELL I HAD TO TAKE HER TO THE ER AND WE FOUND OUT SHE HAS VESICURETERAL REFLUX IT MEANS THAT THE URINE IS GOING BACK UP IN TO HER KIDNEYS!
    ADIDASMOMOF1

    Answer by ADIDASMOMOF1 at 12:41 PM on Nov. 24, 2008

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