Name: Wet in WPB
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Number of kids: 1
Ages of kids: 6
Problem: My 6-year old son has been potty-trained since age 3. However, he still wets the bed at night. As a single working mom, it is difficult to restrict his fluid intake in the early p.m. since we typically don't get home before 6:30 p.m, dinner isn't usually over until 7-7:30 pm at the earliest. He is usually to sleep by 8:30. Even if I wake him to urinate prior to my retiring for the night around 11pm, he still will wake up wet even after relieving himself at 11pm!
I have resorted to pull-ups again at night since I can't keep up with the constant sheet-washing and clothes changing during the night. The same situation occurs when he is at his father's house. I don't wan't this situation to effect his self-esteem. I know he'd like to stay overnight at his friends' houses but would be extremely embarrassed if he has an accident.
I have heard about some type of alarm system that alerts the child to get up and use the bathroom at night. This sounds somewhat extreme but I'm willing to investigate further if anyone has any info on the product. Sometimes I feel my son just sleeps so deeply, he isn't awakened by the urge to urinate. I know there are times during the day that he nearly forgets to go until the very last minute and then rushes to the bathroom. Could there be a problem with the size or function of his bladder? Is this a common occurrence in little boys? Any success stories to share? All ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Solution submitted by Tracey: Just a note to let you know your not alone. My 6 yr old son still wets the bed at night. He sleeps so sound , he does not wake up when he wets. We now use pull-ups to.
Another solution submitted by "Dry Nights": Don't despair. I've been there and my son is the same age. He has all of a sudden started being dry. Actually he has been dry 14 nights and had a wet night last night. There is an alarm and it isn't bad. It costs approx. $50, and we did use it for a few nights. I think it makes them more aware and us also. Talking about it more seriously but not too seriously, so that he feels bad. The name is Starry or Star-Dri. I'd have to look at home, but we have had the same problem and it is frustrating. I don't know if the alarm helped in mentally making him more alert, but he is doing great except for last night. Let me know if you need more info on the alarm.
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