Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Rwan | 2010-11-23



Hi Doc
I have a 5 year old, he still wet his bed. I''ve stopped buying the night nappies in August this year when he turned 5. The thing is I have to wake him up two times a night to stop him from wetting the bed. What he does is when he feels that he needs to pee he just turns and turns around and become restless but he does not open his eyes or wake up. That is the moment I wake him up to go to the loo. But if I leave him, he would stopped the turning and just wees on the bed. What can I do to make him wake up by himself? I would say the only time he woke me up to take him to the loo was 3 times ever since he stopped the nappy. At times I''m too tired to hear him when he turns around

Expert's Reply



Your son is now 5 years old and still has a problem with bedwetting. This is called enuresis. It can be an embarrasing problem for a boy of this age. Have you tried a star chart yet? tell your son that he will get a gold star if he does not wet his bed. If he can get 3 stars in a row he will get a small reward. Try this first and keep on trying for at least 1 month. If it does not work then take him to be seen by your GP or paediatrician. There are several very successful ways of treating this problem and at 5 years your son is old enough to start on any of these treatments.

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