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Bed Wetting–How old is too old?

Bed Wetting–How old is too old?

Just curious if anyone else has a 4 year old still needing a pull up at night? I wake her at 10 or 11 before I go to bed to take her potty, and she is still wet in the AM. Not sure how else to get her to stay dry, she sleeps 12 hours. The diaper rash isn’t pleasant for her, and she’s noticing her friends don’t wear pull ups at night.

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  1. My daughter just turned four, and never wore a pull-up at night. Do you think she is dependent on the pull-up and knows she can wet because she’s wearing it? Does she drink a lot of liquids at night? I wonder if talking to her and going cold-turkey to underwear would work. It would mean sleep interruptions for you, but might be worth a try?

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  2. Hi Kristen,
    Lots of children have accidents through the night at this age, and even beyond sometimes. My own son had occasional night time enuresis through the fourth grade. It certainly makes for a lot of laundry and extra work. She will eventually out grow this issue. Until then there are some things you can do to help both of you feel better and be less inconvenienced. I would definitely limit the amount of fluids she drinks in the evening. As long as she is well hydrated throughout the day she should not need anything to drink after dinner. Have her go to the bathroom before bed and it probably is not a bad idea to wake her before you go to bed for the night, as long as she can easily get back to sleep herself. If pullups are leaving her with an uncomfortable diaper rash you can switch to regular underwear like Stephanie suggested. Diapers are designed to pull the wetness away from the skin and she does not feel the discomfort of being wet. This discomfort could be enough to wake her in the middle of the night when she starts to wet the bed. If you do switch her to panties at night time I would invest in a waterproof mattress cover. You can get them at Target or Walmart. This will protect her mattress, but will mean more laundry for a period of time. Hang in there, this too shall pass! 😉

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    1. Thanks to both of you for responding. I do have a waterproof cover on the mattress, and a waterproof mattress pad on top of that. I do limit her liquids, no more after 5:30. Take her to potty before bed at 7:30, and then wake her at 10pm to go again before I go to sleep. She is dry 50% of the time. I will try switching her to underwear again, perhaps you have a point. Maybe the pullup is keeping her from waking. But if she wet she would wake on her own and learn to potty. Thanks for such a thorough response!

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  3. Many children continue to wet the bed at night well into elementary school. In general, they are kids who would sleep hard and deep. Often one or both of their parents had the same issue growing up. If they have never had more than a few weeks in a row of dry nights, then there is usually nothing serious going on. It’s just that their little bladders cannot hold as much overnight as they need to AND their brains do not wake them up with a full bladder signal. Let her know that she is very much not alone and that she will eventually grow out of it. Cover her bottom with a barrier diaper ointment to keep her skin protected. Let her pediatrician know what is going on so they can do a simple urine test to make sure the kidneys are working well. Good luck!

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    1. I have a 7, and 36 yr old that still wet the bed or at least would if they weren’t diapered. my son still occasionally has night time accidents. I assume he gets this from his father who wets almost nightly. but my son is improving and almost ready to be diaper free . my husband still trying lol

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  4. I have a 7, and 36 yr old that still wet the bed or at least would if they weren’t diapered. my son still occasionally has night time accidents. I assume he gets this from his father who wets almost nightly. but my son is improving and almost ready to be diaper free . my husband still trying lol

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