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Bed wetting by a seven year old

(17 Posts)
Dereksmalls Mon 11-Mar-13 13:23:00

Not sure where to post this but had been looking at bed wetting alarms. Has anyone out there had any success with this and if so what brands would you recommend?

Thanks!

BeaWheesht Mon 11-Mar-13 14:15:56

Have you been referred to eneuris clinic?

Dereksmalls Mon 11-Mar-13 14:54:01

No, my DC is completely unfazed by it at the moment and I wanted to try something as low key as possible first. If this doesn't work then I will make a GP appointment.

My DD was still wetting the bed at 7, and also unfazed by it. Did take her to an eneurisis nurse who said that she wasn't drinking enough during the day, therefore her bladder wasn't big enough to actually enable her to make it through the night. So we upped her drinks to 7 cups a day (sticker chart etc) and put in place a bunkbed incentive. I'll never know for sure what did the trick, but after 6-8 weeks I think she was dry... All the best.

Dereksmalls Mon 11-Mar-13 15:30:27

Thanks, I'll try this. She is very good at drinking water with meals and gets through most of her water bottle during the school day but it is certainly worth a try

Dereksmalls Mon 11-Mar-13 16:00:00

And the bunkbed incentive would really help - at the moment we are reluctant as it feels like potentially another barrier to her going to the loo in the night

greencybermummy Mon 11-Mar-13 17:03:12

Enuresis clinic will be your best bet. IME they will recommend not trying anything until your DC wants to. There are also lots of other things to consider before you try an alarm, times of drinks, kinds of drinks, size of bladder.

binger Mon 11-Mar-13 17:05:07

My ds is 7 and has only just this past couple of weeks, been reliably dry. I still wouldn't stress over it, still plenty time for him to 'get' it.

I used the alarm with my almost 9 year old son and it was great - stopped wetting in just over a week - had a relapse about a month later and we did it again.

I found buying some panty liners and cutting a little slot to put the device in was the best way.

If you want to pm me i'd be happy to send you it - it is lying in a drawer somewhere. It is clean, but you can order replacement sensors if you want.

SanityClause Tue 12-Mar-13 10:16:09

All three of my DC used bed wetting alarms, and after a nightmarish two weeks, were all dry in the main.

DS is now 9 and not completely reliable. He hasn't wet for months, but I would still use a mattress protector on a bed in holiday let, to be extra sure.

I would definitely recommend them, though, and if they work the first time, and your DC backtrack a little, they work equally well if you need to try again.

piratecat Tue 12-Mar-13 10:41:23

soontobeslender, if the OP doesn't come back to you about the alarm, would you consider me as a recipient. I would be happy to discuss payment, if you want to pm me. At my wits end with my dd who is now ten and still not reliable. I can't seem to pm you. anyway, thanks x

absolutely pirate cat - I feel I need to give the OP a chance to come back since i offered it there first, but if she doesn't come back then it's yours - no payment required - he will be 12 soon so Its been in a drawer for a few years. It doesn't owe me anything! The cost was more than covered by not having to buy dry nites ever again. I know how frustrating it is. Bed wetting runs in my family - in boys anyway. I remember my mum tearing her hair out as my 4 brothers were all bed wetters (I think into adulthood) there wasn't much help back then other than plastic sheeting.

My elder son stopped at about 7 ish but it persisted longer with the younger and he wanted to go to Cub camp etc so we needed to do something. I am sure if you went to the Drs they can hire you out an alarm but appreciate that the children can find that a bit embarrasing as they get older.

piratecat Tue 12-Mar-13 22:17:19

hello only just got on here. the wetting with my daughter is prob contributed to by her emotional problems growing up without a consistent dad. i haven't heard any stories me other family members having problems getting dry but do feel she needs a push in tbd right direction now. i was in the oh it Will happen in its own time camp but as she has also started her periods its not a great combination and it would be good to see a result. i will check back and see what op would like to do. thanks smile

no probs - forgot to grab it out the drawer and naturally he is asleep now so will look it out later - saw the little leaflet that came with it somewhere recently too.

Your poor daughter, that's early for her periods too. Glad I have boys!

piratecat Wed 13-Mar-13 16:22:07

thanks soontobeslender. hope to hear from you.

FeniaB Tue 02-Apr-13 17:08:10

The ERIC website has lots of information on bedwetting, eric.org.uk, plus a helpline.

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