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suddenly bedwetting after a year of being dry.

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mabel1973 Tue 09-Sep-08 08:28:01

DS1 is almost 4, he was dry just over a year ago, day and night. This week he has wet his bed for the past 4 nights, he also didn't use the toilet at pre-school yesterday and wet himself.

He returned to pre-school on friday and this does co-incide with the bedwetting starting. However he doesn't seem anxious about going, he has lots of friends there and I never have a problem leaving him.
I am not sure how to tackle it, i have tried to talk to him but he won't tell me if anything is wrong, or why he hasn't used the toilet (I also always keep a potty in his room at night), i don't want to push it though and make it into an issue.

I am tempted to just leave it and see if it just stops on it's own, but if something is upsetting him i would rather get to the bottom of it.


twentypence Tue 09-Sep-08 08:54:48

Ds had a school visit at a new school and wet the bed every night for a week - despite being fine about it. Once the visit was over he was okay again.

I wouldn't say anything, I think it will sort itself out.

asteamedpoater Tue 09-Sep-08 13:03:37

My 4.5 year old started wetting the bed again after a year of being dry about 5 months ago, also without showing any signs of being worried or stressed about anything in his life (although was going through a very run-down phase when it started, with a sickness and diarrhoea bug, various colds and then chickenpox, which must have been a bit depressing!). He's still wetting, so is back in nappies at night. He is prone to balanitis and recently also started weeing more during the day (in the toilet - he doesn't have daytime accidents!). A swab and urine check showed that he did actually have balanitis when it was taken, despite not having the usual symptoms, and also had some bacteria in his urine. A course of antibiotics has certainly helped the daytime frequency and has made a very marginal difference to his nighttime wetting, but he has just started big school, so I don't expect an instant cure, in any event!

So, my answer to your question is, I have the same problem and am not 100% certain what started it all off again (so anyone else's views would be most welcome...), but if it does continue in your ds for more than a couple of weeks, it might be worth dropping a urine sample off at the doctors for testing (you shouldn't need an appointment to ask the nurse to test his pee), as a urine infection can be the cause of nighttime wetting in a previously "dry" child, particularly if accompanied by daytime accidents or increased frequency. Mild stress about being back at pre-school is by far the more likely explanation, however, as urine infections in boys are relatively unusual.

mabel1973 Tue 09-Sep-08 13:29:06

Thanks- I haven't heard of balanitis.

I will keep an eye on things, he isn't weeing more frequently during the day as far as I'm aware. I tried to cut his liquids down last night before bed, but made no difference.

He does have a cold at the moment as well, so wondering if he is just feeling under the weather as well

twentypence Tue 09-Sep-08 19:50:41

Ds always wets the bed when he is ill too. This term we have had a lot of illness and whole changing school thing and there have been a lot of sheet changes!

mabel1973 Wed 10-Sep-08 09:22:23

he wet the bed again last night. I don't want to put him back in nappies after a year out of them, but I can't cope with the washing everyday! particularly with the weather being what it is, I am struggling to get his bedding dry!
I asked him this morning if he had wee'd in his bed, he said no he was just a bit sweaty, whereas in the past he has told me if he has, I knew he had as I could smell it, and I said, I think you might have, but he was adamant that he was just sweaty.

pickupthismess Wed 10-Sep-08 14:06:35

mabel - your story could be mine. After a year of being dry DS1 (4.5) started wetting the bed again once every two nights I'd say. I have put it down to him knowing he was going to start (and now having started) school. I really don't want to put him back in night pants (and he gets very upset if they're mentioned) but I am being driven demented by the washing. I can't get any info from him as to why this is happening. sad

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