Ds 5 years is still bit dry at night and nappy leaks every nights.(14 Posts)
Can anybody offer me some advice please? Ds who is 5 was reliably dry during the day before his second birthday. I know from my first ds that nighttime can take longer so I wasn't too concerned but now he is 5 in the back if my head I'm getting a worried. He is an incredibly deep sleeper and needing a wee or sometimes poo doesn't even stir him let alone wake him up. He has never had a dry napoy...ever. He drinks throughout the day but only has sips after 5pm. Always goes to the loo before bed. More and more regularly his nappy is leaking with the volume of wee so changing sheets in the small hours has been happening more and more. He gets upset with it all and I keep explaining it's not his fault as that his body isn't ready yet. I have been researching online about this and read that chiropractors can sometimes help ? I will try anything .
Sorry about typos I have been up all night. Title was meant to read not dry instead of the bit dry
Sounds very similar to my ds. He was also dry during the day before the age of two, but now at five, he still isn't reliably dry at night time. His nappy leaks as well, whatever brand we use. He cries when he is wet at night. He has dyspraxia and I suspect some sensory issues which may be playing a part in this.
For the last few months we have been picking him up and putting him on the toilet about an hour after going to sleep. This works well most nights, and he goes straight back to sleep. He no longer cries at night time.
DD is 7 in a few months and is still not dry at night. Having spoken to the GP and done some research, it seems her body is just not yet producing the hormone which stops nocturnal urine production and until such time as it does, any attempts to get her out of pull ups are going to be fruitless. She is getting better and we do have the occasional dry nappy but it's still really rare.
With regard to the practicalities of the volume of wee, DS is "double nappied" at night time. He has a night time pull up on (with a slit cut on the outside layer) and then a normal nappy over the top. It's stopped most of night time leaks. Whether that's because of extra absorption or just because it's more difficult for him to get his hand in and have a fiddle so his winky is pointing up so he ends up weeing everywhere, I don't know
Thanks for your reply kelda. We have tried putting him on the loo when we go to bed and he always has a wee but still sometimes soaks through. We to have tried various nappies but with no luck .There are no other issues with ds - I was fine with it till he has started to get upset. I have spoken to my excellent GP and she has said it's no Concern till he is around 7 . Just don't know where to go from here .
Tcm- thanks for your reply. Don't think the double nappy thing would work here as ds is sad to have to put one on at all. I have explained to him about the hormone that hasn't come for him yet and he understands but it still upsets him. Hope your little ones hormones arrive soon
Watching for any other advice- same issue with leakage. We've tried all the pull-ups I think, they're just not absorbent enough. And I was really miffed that the expensive DryNites ones were no better.
OP please try not to worry. People don't talk about it much but it is perfectly normal for a 5 year old to still need a nappy at night. My 4 year old does.
She has always produced huge volumes of wee. We used cloth nappies when she was younger. What we do now is to use a disposable pull-up with a fleece soaker over the top. These are covers normally used with cloth nappies but we find this combo is very effective at keeping her dry.
Honestly not being dry at night is very common and the NHS won't intervene until the child is 7 or 8 (depending on area) as your GP has said.
Thanks Jabber for the reassurance. Your so right nobody talks about it do they. I haven't mentioned it to any of the Mums I know as I'm sure if their DC's overheard my son would be teased by on child in particular. He is just getting so fed up with it. Im making little of it but he gets so upset.
My ds1 became dry at night aged 5 and a half. Before that he was soaking, constantly leaking etc and like your never woke! We used to lift him whee we went to bed and he would always wee which helped avoid a flood and if he was already wet at that point we would change him. We knew lifting wouldn't encourage him to be dry but it stopped him leaking so much which I figured was a bit nicer for him that waking up in a soggy bed.
dd is 5 and also still wet. Doesn't leak as much as her brother.
Thanks Indith. Puts my mind at rest know it isn't uncommon. Did your ds1 just start waking up with dry nappies or woke up when he needed wee?
He woke up dry a couple of times so then wanted to try. Had a few accidents where he was leaping out of bed mid wee but then I guess he got used to waking up. He is 7 now and hardly ever needs the loo at night.
Thanks Indith. I thought DS1 was late being dry at 3 1/2! Oh how little did I know .
My ds is just about dry at night aged 4, but before he tried going nappy less, he was soaked through every morning! I realised in fact he was doing OK at night, then doing one big wee in the early hours around 5am which soaked through. We went nappy less, cut down on drinks - water only after lunch as he's less likely to down pints of it like he does with squash - and did lifting for a few weeks. Now he's just about there. Good luck!
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