Posted by: Marnice Fourie | 2010/07/23


4 year old wetting bed and pants

IMy son is turning 4 in August. He is wetting his bed at night, but also during the day, his pants. But sometimes he do go to the bathroom himself to urinate. It almost seems as if he is too busy playing or occupied to ''remember'' to go. but I am worried about the bed wetting. We have the bathroom routine with his older brother, brushing teeth and going to the toilet, every night before bed. He wakes up at night crying and asking to change his pants and bedding, because it is wet. I have also noticed that we he goes to the bathroom, there is not alot of fluid. He then also goes many, many times during the day. During the day he is at creche and they say he has not wet his pants there. We have tried the sympathetic way,(don´ t worry, lets clean up) we have scolded, (then he only goes and get his own pants.) and also to almost tease. (bad! bad!) but still. We said that we have to put him in a diaper again, but then he says he is not a baby!

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Your son has a problem with bedwetting. This is known as enuresis. Unfortunately he is too young to actually start on any medical treatment so you will need to use a reward system to try to get things right. Try a star chart first. Tell him if he can get 3 starts in a row if he does not wet his bed for 3 nights then he will get a reward, something small but something he will like. Then slowly increase the number of stars in a row he will need for his next reward, 4 then 5 etc.Read more on Google 'bedwetting'

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Posted by: Marnice | 2010/07/28

Just a follow up, I have started with the Reward Scheme and he is coming to tell me now that he did not wet his bed and he wants a star. Cute. But I also have started to lower his fluid intake later in the day. We still have some oopsies but it is much better.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2010/07/26

How much are you giving him to drink before bedtime? if your son has a small bladder, then one should try an limit his drinks after 16h00. We only give our son about 1 cup before bedtime, and then take him for a wee at about 22h00. That solved his problem to a great degree. He is dry 90% of the time now. best of luck!

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Posted by: Marnice | 2010/07/23

Thank you. I was just wondering if it might be something more serious,signs of example diabetes?

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