Childhood Diseases

Posted by: L | 2011-03-02



My 6 year old boy is still wetting his bed every night. What can we do?

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Your son is already 6 years old and will already be attending school. Bedwetting is very embarrassing for children of this age.There are many successful treatments but the medicines require a presciption. Also your son will need to be examined to make sure that he does not have any problem with his urinary system. He should be seen by a paediatrician.

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Posted by: lynne | 2011-03-03

I feel your frustration... Do you open a tap when he stands at the loo? Sometimes that helps. But you should consider taking the diaper off - let him understand that he is a big boy now. Get one of those matress protectors. He now still has the " comfort"  of wearing the diaper - it is a safety net for him.

Try ENUR - Let me know on the parenting forum how it goes :-)

Good luck!!!!

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Posted by: L | 2011-03-02

Thank you so much - I will surely try the above.
He''s been taking DDAVP but with no success. We also tried waking him every 2 hours! That''s the last thing that he wanted - after a huge tantrum he went back to bed (without any success on the loo) just to wet his bed 10 min later! At this stage I let him were a pull-up diaper at night - I know this is embarrising but it''s our ''secret'' - and at least his bed stays dry. Thank again for the assistance.

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Posted by: lynne | 2011-03-02

My son - 6 also has this problem.

You have 3 options:

1. Tofranil pills for 3 mnths - cheap, but only works with 50% of children. Makes the urine less at night, BUT makes them sleep deeper - so they won''t necessarily wake up themselves to go to the loo.

2. DVDHP - pill for 8 mnths - very expensive, lots of control measures - no guarantee!!

3. Bedwetting alarm - if there is nothing physically wrong and they are just deep sleepers - this is your answer....

You can also (waste your time..) try the star chart - but often this makes the child feel worse... like a failure!!

I also found the homeopathic drops: ENUR to be excellent!!! I use 15 drops (before bedtime) and Tofranil - works wonders... BUT I still take him to the loo once per night. Also - get a mattress protector - helps with the mattress, and let him change his clothing himself every night if he wets.

Speak to your pead - but consider the above.

Good luck!!!!

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