How can I get my almost 4 year old son to stop wetting the bed at night?


Please no derogatory comments about me or my son. I just don’t know what to do about this problem. Has anyone ever dealt with this before?

hey girl…don’t beat yourself up over this! some kids just take a little longer than other kids–and it’s totally okay. my daughter is 5, my son is 3 and a half, and i still put them in pull ups at night, just in case, because i got tired of feeling like a failure and i got REALLY tired of changing bedding every day. i talk with them about trying to stay dry, and i cut the liquids at about 8 (they go to bed at 8:30-9). my daughter never wets now, and my son still has the niagra falls experience every now and then….when you get this figured out, let me know your secret 😉 until then, i’m not going to worry about it too much because i know he won’t be doing it forever (my fingers are totally crossed…). another thing to watch for is when the baby is born, there might be a little regression in the progress he’s made as far as the whole potty training thing goes, especially night time. you’re a great mom, and these things are never easy…but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!!!!

Yes. My nephew does it all the time too.The good news is that almost all kids who wet the bed eventually stop. So if he wets every night, don’t be discouraged. And don’t worry that he’s not normal, either physically or emotionally. Sleep wetting is not usually caused by a problem with your body or your feelings.

It’s likely that bed wetting will go away on its own. In fact, 15 out of 100 kids who wet the bed will stop every year without any treatment at all. But if he still has this problem it’s still a good idea for you and your parents to talk to your doctor about it.

There are medicines that can help kids who wet the bed, including a nose spray or tablet that you take before going to bed. This may temporarily help you out, but it really isn’t a cure. Medicines to treat enuresis work best when combined with the alarm or other training programs.

*Make sure he uses the bathroom before he goes to sleep.

It may take some practice to retrain his brain, and you’ll need to be patient. But eventually, he will stop wetting the bed.

it’s a pretty common problem for children that age. Try some different strategies such as limiting his fluids within 2-3 hours of his bed time, making a trip to the bathroom his absolute last stop before bed, or waking him mid way through the night to try and use the toilet. You can also try the “feel wet” type of pull ups (or put a pull up over his big boy underwear so he learns the sensation of when he’s wet and learns to associate the feeling of a full bladder leading to that feeling. Children that age usually grow faster than their bladders. In time he will probably outgrow this issue. Good luck.

This is something he will just have to outgrow. Many children wet the bed well into their Primary school years. Limiting his fluid intake really won’t help the situation, neither will alarms, getting him up in the middle of the night to pee, etc. It takes their bladder getting strong enough to handle staying dry and it also takes maturity to recognize the signals that the brains receives to wake up……Some children have a very hard time recognizing those signals during an REM sleep cycle.

Buy a package of cheap pullups or the Goodnights Boxers and let him wear them. Don’t stress about it. It is something he will eventually outgrow on his own!

Limit his liquid intake, make him go right before bed, and set an alarm to wake up and go potty at about 2:00 AM to try and prevent accidents. Bed wetting is genetic, so if someone in your family wet the bed for a long time, your son may also. You may need to take him to the doctor. My younger sister only wet the bed when she had a bladder infection. If it continues until he is about 7 years or so and he doesn’t have any medical conditions, I would definitely see a specialist!

Give him no fluids after six pm, use a waterproof mattress pad on his bed so he will not soak the mattress, and make him use the rest room before he goes to bed. Above all don’t punish him. My doctor says that they wet the bed because the bladder has not grown enough yet. I have a daughter that wet the bed until the age of 7.

A lot of people on here will tell you to limit the childs intake of liquids for several hours before bed – but…………How many of us go for 12 to 15 hours without a drink?

Lots of kids wet the bed much older than him, have the doc check him out to rule out any medical problems.

I don’t have any kids but I went through having accidents at night for a long time. What my mom did was no caffeine after dinner, bathroom before bed, then she woke me up in the middle of the night when she got up to go to the bathroom.

It just takes time, in the meantime use good-nites, he may just sleep so hard he hasn’t developed that part that wakes you up. but be careful because I caught my daughter waking up and she knew she had the pullup on and was up beside the bed and peed in them so I bought her a underpad for the bed and reminded her she had big girl pants on and to wake me up and I will take her to the bathroom it worked great we onlyhad a couple accidents and that was usually after a real long day and she was sleeping so heavily she didn’t even know.

Well for some kids it just comes in time. I’m guessing he’s potty trained….how are his bowel movements? you know all that works together, if his bowel is too full it can mash on his bladder and make him accidents. try talking to his doctor see what he has to say. They also make alarms that go off when children wet the bed so they know when they are doing it and learn to know what if feels like. I know your frustrated I have been there myself, sometimes my daughter still wets the bed and she’s 12.
Don’t forget there are medications too but doctors are usually reluctant to prescribe them. but you don’t know till you ask.

Good luck in your search for a solution.

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