Parenting Questions Answered - Bed Wetting

Evan has been potty trained for many months, but I still put diapers on him at night. He wakes up almost every morning with wet diaper. Last night he *finally* woke me up to tell me he had to go potty, so his diaper was dry this morning.


He drinks a lot during the day, but I limit it after dinner and he can only have a little water(in hopes he'll be dry in the morning). I know he's only 3, but I'm curious how old other children are when this "stage" ends.

So here are my questions:
Does your child still wear a diaper at night? How old are they? If your child is over this stage, how old were they when they finally went all night without accidents?

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16 comments:

Abby Approved said...

Gaige still wears a pull up to bed. He will go weeks at a time waking up dry but lately he has been wet every morning. I don't really know why. He occasionally wakes up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night but has not much lately which probably explains the wetness every morning. I think part of the issue is that he rarely naps now so he is so tired and doesn't wake up when he has to pee. I figure they will eventually figure it out, right? Hardly anyone goes to college in pull-ups!

Mellisa said...

Dee, This is so funny that you ask this question! Jeremy is six and he was fully potty trained at age 3. He went 6 months without wetting the bed and then all of sudden he started wetting the bed nightly. We have talked to the pediatrician and they suggested medication which I am against at this point. He does have to wear "night time" underwear and he is really starting to get bothered by them. Last night he cried and said that he was embarrised. I feel so bad for him and have tried to limit water, waking him up to go to the bathroom but he just gets into such a deep sleep. I have also tried just using a mattress protector and regular underwear but this ends in a mountain of laundry every day. I too wonder when kids fully grow out of bed wetting. My pediatrician says that some kids don't stop until 7 or 8!

Evonne said...

My son is 5 and still has accidents during the night. Not every night, but they do happen. He is such a deep sleeper that the feeling of having to go or having an accident does not wake him up. Sometimes I wake him to use the bathroom before I go to bed and that usually helps.

My brother had night time accidents for a while (until around 8-ish). I've been told that sometimes it takes boys longer to develop the muscle control to hold it all night.

Judy said...

My 3 1/2 year old son has been "potty trained" for a year now and went several months staying dry at night, and then it felt like he just gave up. He has a soaked diaper every morning now...I even had him sleep in cloth diapers for a while because it's uncomfortable (hoping it would motivate him, but after months of horrible smelling cloth diapers in the morning, he's back in disposable.

I've also read that until boys are 7 or 8 it is normal to wet the bed...that means 4 + years if he doesn't get it by then. I don't get frustrated as much anymore and realize he has to figure it out, and will sooner or later, but it's annoying sometimes.

Katie said...

My daughter is 3 and a half. All of a sudden she just started making it through the night about a month ago.

Christina said...

My son was 8 and he hated it. He didn't understand why he could not wake up to go. I took him to the doctors and they said it is very common for kids to still wet the bed till there 7 or 8. It is just that most parents don't talk about it.

AP Mommy said...

My son is only 2.5 - so I was really coming here to read about my future outlook. 7 or 8?? Siiigh. At the moment we haven't ventured into the potty training event. He does tell us after he's gone and wants to be changed (sometimes... others he's too busy to be bothered) but with his new sister on her way... I figure I'll wait a while before really jumping into the event. GOOD LUCK!

Krystyn said...

Bedtime took a long time for our oldest, too. I didn't push it or rush it. She was not the child that we waited for bedtime dryness to start potty training. Some kids just don't have a big enough bladder, and their brain doesn't wake them up. I think it happened before she was three, but she was potty trained for while before.

Shan said...

My son stil wears nighttime training pants and he is 4 (and autistic). He is completely potty trained and as long as he is awake even with the pullup on, he will not "go" in it unless it is a total emergency. The only way he stays dry through the night without it is if I wake him around midnight and take him to the bathroom. I was doing that for a while, but being quite far a long in my pregnancy, I have been opting to sleep through the night.

Jessica - Mom of all Trades said...

My first child was potty trained at 18 months but wore a diaper at bedtime til she around 3. My 2nd potty trained at 2 and he was out of diapers at night right away. My 3rd was almost 3 and he was in pullups for awhile at night, always woke up with them wet, then one day we were out so I didn't put one on him and he woke up dry. He never wore another at night again. I think the fact that he Had it on is the reason he was peeing through the night. My 4th child was potty trained at 2 - same time for night. I still have 2 more to go.

alissa4illustration said...

Mica was night trained early at the tail end of 3 yrs. His brother has been more stubborn with day training, so I don't even want to start night training. I started training Mica by waking him up right before I went to bed to go potty. That really helped. After awhile I didn't have to wake him up at all.

Lori A. said...

My son turned 7 in August and still has some bedtime wetting. It's not every night and seems to come in spurts...like this past week he wet 3 times. The last 2 nights he's been fine and will likely be fine for awhile again. There is no obvious rhyme or reason to it.
We have also learned we have to limit his fluid intake after dinner. Unfortunately, I think sometimes he "sneaks" drinks.

As for medication, we did use a med with my daughter, who also had some bedwetting issues at about this age (she's 13 now)..she was also having a lot of bad dreams. The meds helped her a lot with the wetting and the dreams. She didn't stay on them very long...after we took her off them she was fine. Maybe it helped re-train her sleep?
We have not tried meds with my son as it doesn't seem to be consistent like it was with our daughter..with her it was pretty much every night.

Nebraska Fillemans said...

My son is 9 and still struggles with this. It is hereditary though a lot of the time, and my husband didn't stop wetting the bed completely until age 11...so I have a couple more years... :-(

tjaklitsch said...

My almost 12 year old still wets the bed at least once every 2 weeks. We tried a very expensive alarm system for over 2 years -- a complete waste of money. My research indicates that this tends to run in families, that boys are more prone than girls, and that it is FAR more common than people (including pediatricians) would have you believe.

Good luck, and use a waterproof mattress pad.

Laura

Helene said...

My son is 3 1/2 and wears a pull up to bed every night. We call them his night-night undies. He wake up with them dry every morning, but since he doesn't get up to go at night, it saves us a wet bed just in case. I will use them until he gets up on his own and goes at night. He has not had an accident during the day since Sept, but it is not worth making him worry about wetting the bed at night.

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

I know this is an old post but I just happen to come upon it on Stumble Upon. My daughter is 5 1/2 and she still has problems at night. We just went one week with dry pants so I'm hoping that is a trend.

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