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Sudden bedwetting in 5yo. Why?

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SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:15:31

I've looked online for advice about this so I am aware of some of the possible problems, causes and so on but just wanted to ask if anyone else has experienced this.

Ds2 is 5 and a quarter/half. He started school in january - he has occasionally had an accident in his sleep, during this time, but has generally been dry at night for many months. And of course during the day.

This week he has wet the bed every single night. He is still in my bed atm - he has his own bed but just prefers to be next to me, so I am going with it to avoid stress. I am also expecting a baby soon, and cannot physically lift him to his own room (which I was doing) once he is asleep.

Anyway, I don't think there are any major issues going on, obviously he could be regressing because of impending baby, but I don't know of anything else that's changed. School seems alright, he's settled well, likes to go in, never makes a fuss and seems fairly happy most of the time.

He even wet himself at school the other day - unheard of - and said he was afraid to ask to go, in case the teacher made him wait. So possibly it's about this? I have spoken to the teacher and she is fine, knows he will ask when he needs to go and she will let him.

I've resorted to putting a nappy on him the last few nights, in case, - they are a bit small for him, I will get pull ups in his size if I have to. But what could be going on?

I should add, several online articale suggested it's a sign of possible abuse sad but there is literally no way this could be happening, there is no man or other adult in the house, and he's never apart from me unless he's at school.

He's been so good at being dry - what's gone wrong?

ben5 Fri 12-Oct-12 10:20:57

is he drinking lots of water through the day? make sure hes drinking water until bedtime. Also cut out anything that has caffine in it. even chocolate, at least 1 hour before he goes to bed.
maybe he is worried about the new baby.?

ben5 Fri 12-Oct-12 10:23:10

I know it sounds silly but just before he goes to sleep, sit him on the side of the bed and make him say ' I'm in charge of my wee wee' 3 times. my ds2 is 6 and these are the things we are trying and seems to be going well at the momentgrin

SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:23:45

Hi, thanks for replying. He keeps asking me for drinks, he has squash or milk generally. Not a lot of plain water though they have it with school lunch - would more water help?

I am a bit worried he might be diabetic or something.

He doesn't have chocolate very much - a few times a week maybe a little bit. And no cola or caffeine otherwise.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:24:42

smile I like that idea.

He is generally very proud of being 'in control' of when he goes, not that I have ever made a fuss about it - everything is very matter of fact. He's been dry for so long it just seems strange to suddenly have gone backwards.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Fri 12-Oct-12 10:25:17

Probably to do with the baby, yes.

Oh dear!

westcoastnortherner Sat 13-Oct-12 02:41:07

Severed I don't mean to alarm you, but I would urge you to see a doctor with your DS, being thirsty and sudden bedwetting are signs of Type 1 diabetes. A simple urine test will show any high sugar levels.

It might well be nothing, but it is a very dangerous condition to go untreated. My husband is a type 1 diabetic btw.

Hugs (very unmumsnet i know), and i hope it isn't but better to be safe than sorry.

needsomesunshine Sat 13-Oct-12 02:57:53

Op a lot if the things you have mentioned may be a factor. My ds is still a bed wetter at 11 & goes to an enuresis nurse. There are several things he does, does not do.
No juice/squash an hour before bed
Mainly drinking water ( the darker the wee the more you need to drink)
No diuretics (apple juice, black currant, tea,coffee)
Taking responsibility for bed wetting like someone else mentioned
We also tried waking at night at around the same time so that his body for used to getting up to wee.
Establishing a proper bedtime routine also helps.

My other ds was a bed wetter but stopped after a few appts. Take him to the drs & don't let them fob you off. If it is nothing an enuresis nurse will soon find out & discharge him. Good luck

adoptmama Sat 13-Oct-12 05:45:37

I'd check with Dr. in case of urinary infection. If he is embarrassed at school to ask in front of others as teacher if she can work out a discreet signal with him so she knows what he needs.

Apple juice and caffeine drinks may you pee more.

It could simply be he is hitting a growth spurt and is drinking more and his muscle control hasn't caught up. If it continues for a few more days I would check with dr. to rule out an infection and give you peace of mind.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sat 13-Oct-12 08:32:55

Oh thankyou so much. I knew MN would be a better place then Google to find out the proper info smile

Well good news is he didn't wet the bed - or the nappy - last night and was asleep for nearly 12 hours. I am amazed.

I think the thing we didn't do, was give him squash. He'd been having blackcurrant squash all week, and actually very rarely had that in the past - so I do wonder if this has something in it, that might make him go more.

I had no idea about apple juice so will avoid that too.

If it continues, I'll get him to the GP asap - thankyou for alerting me that this could be a serious risk.

Fingers crossed we might be Ok without the squash - which he was having a couple of glasses of per evening so I am leaning towards thinking it was that.

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