My 6 year old son still wets his bed at night. He only wakes up because he is cold and wet from lying in the wee patches. We have stopped him drinking fluids after 6pm (bedtime around 7.30pm) and make him wee before bed. Any tips?

asked 03 Apr '10, 06:14

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If his bed time is 7:30pm you may need to stop the fluids earlier. My daughter was still constantly wetting the bed until recently. Her bedtime is 8 we had to stop fluids at 6 and then get her up before we go to bed to take her potty again. After about 2 weeks of that now she is sleeping through the night and staying dry. Also he may be a really heavy sleeper who just does not know he has to go, for bedtime you may want to consider the "Good night" which are pull up that are more absorbent for older kids and do not look light little kid pull ups. But Please my advice is, try not to make it a negative because he probably can't help it.


answered 03 Apr '10, 19:58

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edited 15 Apr '10, 16:21

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Thanks... will try the pull ups. We have been lifting him onto the toilet before we go to bed and this seems to be helping. He doesnt even wake up!

(04 Apr '10, 12:36) mamma hubba

My son had this problem when he was five. During the day he was fine, but at night he'd wet the bed practically the instance he fell asleep.

I was never a fan of the "Wee Alert" type things that sound an alarm when you wet the bed, and I was skeptical of whether they'd really work. But we were sick of changing sheets and pajamas, so we tried it.

The first battle was to get him to wear it; the sensor attaches to the underwear, of course, so he found it exceedingly weird. But we insisted, so he wore it...and woke up whimpering half an hour later when he went and it sounded.

But...in two or three days he was done wetting the bed. I was floored. I hadn't expected it to happen anywhere near that fast. I almost felt as if we hadn't gotten our money's worth!

They're not too expensive, so I'd say it's worth a shot, along with other precautions like reducing fluids before bedtime.


answered 01 Jan '11, 05:00

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We also had a five YO who was treated successfully with an alarm like solution, it didn't work as fast but in 3 weeks he was dry. Note that according to the doctor we saw you should not stop giving them fluids before sleep.

(01 Feb '11, 10:58) Bemused Dad

I think Mary s answer is quite comprehensive, and I would just add that you could also;

  • Speak to your little boy about it, and see what he has to say.
  • Find out if he has dreams, bad or good ones.
  • Does he have a problem with the dark and is the bathroom a long way from his room?

Perhaps with the information that you learn you can decide how to handle the situation.

Good luck.


answered 04 Apr '10, 06:58

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We have chatted and he just says that 'he doesnt know he is doing it... and doesnt remember what he is dreaming" but havent given up yet :) thanks

(04 Apr '10, 12:38) mamma hubba

I knew a child who wet his bed till he was about that age at which his mother took him to the chiropractor and they found that something was just a little misaligned so he would not be able to control his bladder at night. It was easily fixed and he stopped wetting the bed.


answered 05 Apr '10, 17:44

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Thanks....something worth investigating.

(07 Apr '10, 09:36) mamma hubba

I know this isn't the answer you're looking for, but you might consider putting him back into nappies at night. Some experts don't consider bedwetting to be a concern until boys are over 7 so maybe if you chill out about it for a while, he might grow out of it.


answered 27 Jan '11, 16:40

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This have been asked before as well, you might want to check out the answers to that question as well.


answered 06 Feb '11, 00:57

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