Thursday, September 27, 2012

All About Bedwetting

Time for another confession, folks. 
 Ruby is a bed-wetter.

Oh gosh, I just had to cringe when I wrote that... hopefully she won't read this post as a teenager.  I fear the wrath of her teenage hormones!

In all seriousness, though, it's a problem.
NOTHING we do seems to help.
She goes to the bathroom before bed and we limit the amount of drinks she has after supper.

She'll be 5 in December, and I can probably count on 2 hands the amount of times she HASN'T wet the bed.  We've tried "big girl panties" at night, and that just leads to her being embarrassed & worried she'll get in trouble... not mention the amount of laundry that follows such an incident.

Her father was a bed-wetter too.  Apparently until he was about 12 years old.
Eesh, I hope he's not reading the blog today... 
According to the infographic below, a child stands a 44% change of being a bed-wetter if ONE parent was.  So, I guess the odds aren't really in her favor.

We JUST had a checkup and I totally spazzed & forgot to mention this to her doctor. It's such a common part of our lives now that I don't think too much about it.  Except for when we forget to buy more pull-ups.

Have any of you gone through this with your little ones?

Should I be concerned?
The chart says only about 3% of children wet the bed due to a medical condition...


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  1. My son is in the beginning stages of potty training and bedwetting is what I'm fearing the most!


  2. From what I've read, while you can train your little ones to use the potty during the day, you can't teach them control while they are asleep. That just happens as they get older and their bodies naturally start holding it until morning. I read that it's not uncommon for kids to be 5 or 6 before they get there. If it were me, I would just keep using pullups until she's regularly dry in the mornings. No shame in that, and less laundry, as you said!

  3. My niece till till probably 7ish. She slept so hard that she didn't wake up to go. She did outgrow it. Is Ruby a sound sleeper?


  4. My son JUST stopped this summer at the age of 7 1/2. I decided not to worry about, I just kept buying pull-ups. And then this summer, we ran out, he tried it without, and he was completely fine. My daughter was dry at night very early on. I think every kid is different and if you worry about, it just causes unnecessary stress for everyone involved (especially because it's out of her control and you don't want her to feel like she's constantly disappointing). In the grand scheme of life, she'll outgrow it eventually and there are so many worse problems you could be dealing with instead. Good luck! Hang in there! (I do know it's frustrating!...and invest in a good mattress pad!)

  5. Hang in there. My best friend took this past summer to end bed wetting. She set her alarm and woke her son at 2:30 and 6:30 every morning. By August he wasn't wetting the bed. It was work and commitment for both of them. Don't sweat it, she may grow out of it.

  6. my niece and nephew were bed wetters. for the older one it continued until after puberty (12 yrs). For the younger, my sister solved the problem by accident. She took her daughter to a holistic doctor for adhd and processing issues. He tested for food sensitivities and modified her diet. He also asked about bedwetting and predicted it would resolve with the new diet. It did. She was 11 by then, but not through puberty. It's a long haul if you have one of those kids who goes all the way until puberty, so it's worth looking into the diet thing - esp. if there are learning/attention/hyperactivity issues as well.

  7. One of my daughters outgrew her bed wetting at about 5 or 6. My older son is still a bed wetter. We've tried limiting fluids, using the bathroom before bed, talked with our pediatrician and nothing seems to work. In the meantime, I've taught him how to do his laundry and we just hope and pray he will eventually grow out of it. I was intrigued with a previous comment that diet could be a contributing factor. I'll have to do more research there.

  8. My brother was also a bedwetter for a long time. He eventually grew out of it and we don't really talk about it now. I'm guessing he was about 7-9 when he finally stopped. There's not a whole lot you can do, short of waking her up in the middle of the night to take her to the bathroom, which might be worse to interrupt her sleep. Sleepovers can be made possible by letting the other parents know ahead of time and sending her with overnites undies.

    I'm thinking positive thoughts for your family and beautiful Ruby.

  9. My 9 1/2 year old son is still a bedwetter. I never thought of it being related to his diet...hmmm...anyway, we've been working on it for sometime. And I feel like we've tried EVERYTHING. His pediatrician gave him a subscription, but he's only to take the pills at sleepovers or like on vacation, etc. It's stresful, and I feel so bad for him. He's embarrassed about it, and it's heartbreaking sometimes.

  10. I was a bedwetter until I was seven. I had to take medication to help expand my bladder. I'm not sure if it actually work but I do remember that I hated taking them. My 3 1/2 year old has a small bladder and is a deep sleeper so I know it'll be awhile until she's night-time trained. Just keep buying pull-ups, Ruby will grow out of it in time.

  11. I don't have any kiddos yet, but my job was working with 3-5 year olds in the home. A family I worked with had a 4 and 6 year old that both still wet the bed at night. Most of the behavioral therapists and occupational therapists I worked with said it's very typical for kids to take up to 8 years old to completely stop wetting the bed at night. I recall one of them saying it has to do with the fact they aren't in tune to their body's signals when they're sleeping, so they don't know to wake up basically.

    Hopefully it'll resolve itself - I can imagine how frustrating it must be!

  12. wesley is a bed-wetter. he is almost 9. its very frustrating. he also didnt wet the bed almost the entire summer... then school starts and he starts back up again. he claims its because he has to go to bed too early..its just frustrating the days he HAS to be somewhere at 7am are the days he HAS to shower before hand...

  13. Bed wetting is very common in in families where there is a history of ADHD, autism, and allergies. There are different theories about why this is the case, diet, genetics, slight predisposition to sensory issues, stress, etc. but most of them grow out of it just slightly passed the typical age of bed wetting with very little intervention. Apparently, it's just one of those things, not that I am saying you shouldn't look into any changes (allergy testing for both IgG and IgE is a really simple place to start).

  14. I was a bed-wetter too, and like AbsoluteMommy said, being woken by my mom helped a lot. Since I went to bed a few hours before her, she would just come take me to the bathroom every night before she went to sleep. I think I stopped not too long after that. Good luck!

  15. My brother was a bed wetter and I remember that my parents used to wake him up during the night and take him to the toilet. Eventually it became part of his built in routine and he started getting up by himself.

    I know it's a pain to have to wake up during the night but give it a try it might help.

    Good luck!

  16. Relax. It is not a big deal. Really.

    And you need to convince her that it is not a big deal.

    She will outgrow it. It's controlled by hormones, bladder development and sleep signals. Some kids take longer to develop them.

    It's particularly not a big deal at age 5. A lot of kids that age (15 to 20%) still wet the bed.

    If it persists past age 6, tell her pediatrician at the annual checkup. He'll probably tell you what I just wrote. He may want to run some tests, particularly if it persists past age 8 or 9. But it generally resolves itself. Given the genetics, though, you may be in this for a while.

    But really. Just relax. Get her to relax. It's not a big deal.

    More advice at my blog, Bedwetting Mom

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