Posted by: BB | 2009/01/13

bed wetting

My four-year old son has wet the bed, which he has not done in quite some time. My fiance and i have broken up and my son is obviously under some stress. His father and I are maintaning a friendly relationship and have joint custody. I am really concerned about him lately as he is also showing signs of agression and depression. His father recently moved and it was a lot more stressful than my move 2 months ago.I am really concerned as to how to best support my child through this. We have both found other partners and i have introduced my son to my partner after knowing him for a year. My ex has only known his new partner for 2 weeks and wants to introduce them now. Please advise as to how best to support my boy.

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Its common for children, especially when so young, to step back from their current level of developmental achievements to an ealier level, for a while, when u nder stress. So a resumption of bedwetting in such a situation isn't unusual, and will probably clear up on its own. But one should see this, along with his aggression, etc., as a signal of distress, and consider seeking the advice of a child psychologist for an assessment and to help you formulate an approach to sort this out. Maybe start this before introducing the lad to your new partner

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