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Help please! Need advice on bed wetting

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Boyswillbeboys Thu 18-Sep-08 11:41:12

DS1 (6.5) has started wetting the bed recently, never had a problem with this before. I can't think of anything that is likely to cause this, he's just gone into year 2, but has all the same friends etc, loves school, nothing unusual going on in his life.

I am exausted from having to get up in the night, change sheets, find new pyjamas etc! All while trying to not wake up DS2 who shares the room.

Any advice on how I can help DS1 stop this? He's not sure if he wakes up because he has done a wee, or if he wakes up needing one and can't get to the loo in time.

WendyWeber Thu 18-Sep-08 11:45:26

When he was dry at night did he go right through or did he get up for a wee? If the latter it's possible that he's dreaming that he's on the loo and going then!

Is he upset by it? Would he be OK with going to bed in DryNites for a short time while he gets past this? (Which he should do if there's no obvious reason for it - maybe he's just more tired than normal at the moment?) It would save all the exhaustion all round.

Boyswillbeboys Thu 18-Sep-08 11:50:11

He had pullups at night for a while after he was potty trained, but was fine after he was about 4, until now. I think he would be horrified if I tried to put what he would think were "nappies" on him, but if it continues I suppose it might be a last resort.

WendyWeber Thu 18-Sep-08 12:18:57

Yes, I can see he'd hate the idea of nappies sad.

But I don't suppose he's enjoying waking up damp & cold & then having to get changed in the middle of the night - would he accept that avoiding that happening has got to be a good thing? & then as soon as he's dry again in the mornings he can stop wearing them.

Is DS2 dry at night?

chipmonkey Thu 18-Sep-08 12:41:26

bwbb, does he seem healthy otherwise. I have a friend who had Type 1 diabetes and one of the signs his Mum noticed was bedwetting with no prior history. He did have other symptoms too, like extreme thirst and weightloss so don't want to worry you unnecessarily, but didn't want to not say it, IYKWIM!

WendyWeber Thu 18-Sep-08 12:48:46

Oh, another possible cause can be worms (although that might just be in girls, I'm not sure)

netdoctor says they should be taken to the doctor if they suddenly start wetting again after the age of 6...

WendyWeber Thu 18-Sep-08 12:49:31

(that would be to eliminate any medical causes, hopefully)

Boyswillbeboys Thu 18-Sep-08 13:15:12

Worms?? shock Hadn't thought of that - hope not!! Haven't had any other symptoms to suggest diabetes, although I knew that weeing more often was a sign. He seems otherwise well. Will keep a close eye on things and consult GP if it doesn't improve. Thanks both

Pheebe Thu 18-Sep-08 13:33:55

You can get shorts for boys now, nothing like nappies. I'd go back to them especially if its upsetting him never mind getting you up in the night.

chipmonkey Thu 18-Sep-08 23:24:06

can you link to the shorts, Pheebe?

WendyWeber Fri 19-Sep-08 10:47:12

Here, chipmonkey

They make them in age 8-12 as well & I found a link via google which said Sainsburys were selling them at under £2 at the beginning of Sept (may have finished by now of course)

chipmonkey Fri 19-Sep-08 11:17:57

Thanks, Wendy! Ds2 is almost 10 and still wetting the bed!sad We are using an alarm at the moment so will see how that goes. Currently we have reusable pants but they really do look like a nappy and those shorts look far better for sleepovers etc, which we currently can't do at all.

BoysArrrrLikeDogs Fri 19-Sep-08 11:19:14

Chipmonkey have you thought about going down the medication route ?

We had great success with desmopressin, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.


chipmonkey Fri 19-Sep-08 11:23:23

I am thinking about it, tbh. The alarm seems to be slowly taking effect but not as quickly as with ds1, who got sorted very quickly with it. Ds2 seems to sleep very deeply though, even with the alarm I have to wake him up!

WendyWeber Fri 19-Sep-08 11:24:23

Desmopressin was the only thing that worked here too. The alarms were hopeless because DS1 sleeps like the dead - when we had a huge old-fashioned box one we put it in a biscuit tin to amplify the noise & it woke the rest of us but not him grin

Even the buzzer clipped to the pyjamas didn't wake him. Desmopressin does work but it took a while.

BoysArrrrLikeDogs Fri 19-Sep-08 11:25:15

Okay, give me a shout if you want to know anything


WendyWeber Fri 19-Sep-08 11:25:21

DS1 talks in his sleep, a lot - he has conversations with people - do any of your bedwetters?

DesperateTooDyson Fri 19-Sep-08 11:25:23

Another suggestion to help make night time bed changes easier is to put 2 layers on the bed.

i.e. waterproof sheet then fitted sheet, then another waterproof sheet and another fitted sheet.

This means you can just pull off the top two layers when wet and put in wash basket until morning.

My ds wet the bed for first time in years this week too. I'm hoping it was a 'one-off' because he is tired from just going back to school (into year 2 as well).

geekgirl Fri 19-Sep-08 11:26:01

Boys, just a quick hijack - you mentioned success with desmopressin - can I ask how much you give? We've just started using it for dd2 (7), she's on two tablets and it's not made a huge amount of difference really.

BoysArrrrLikeDogs Fri 19-Sep-08 11:27:21

Good tip about double-making the bed.

Also, shower DS in the morning, for 'social' reasons (we all remember going to school with a smelly child sad).

BoysArrrrLikeDogs Fri 19-Sep-08 11:28:42

Hang on, I'll pop upstairs for the paperwork we had.

Back in a bit.

Wendy, can you remember how much your Dc had ?

BoysArrrrLikeDogs Fri 19-Sep-08 11:32:42

Geekgirl, we used 2 x 120 mg tablet thingies that melted under the tongue.

Can you go back to clinic for advice on whether you can increase the dose?

WendyWeber Fri 19-Sep-08 11:32:43

Well I thought he started on 1, Boys, but reading geekgirl's post makes me not sure - he was a hopeless case so he may well have started on 2. We have no paperwork (was done via lovely school nurse) & he isn't here atm so I can't ask him if he remembers - he probably doesn't anyway.

Once it did start working reliably he was able to cut down to half a tablet.

anyoneelse Fri 19-Sep-08 11:35:16

Going back to the OP, another cause of bedwetting this age in a child who was previously dry is constipation - can be one of the first signs as a full bowel puts pressure on the bladder. Might be worth checking along with other suggestions already made.

geekgirl Fri 19-Sep-08 11:41:38

dd2 is on 2 x 200 mg tablets. I guess that's probably quite a lot for a v. small 7 year old hmm(she's about the size of an average 5 year old).

Ho hum. I guess she'll stop one day...

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