Posted by: Sandy | 2008/01/08


My four year old

I have a four year old son and have 3 seperate questions to ask:
1. His left eye is always tearing and the other one is dry. This has been like this for the past 6 months. What do i do about this?
2. My son has woken up in the night crying, but it is very obvious to me that he is still "asleep". He went back to sleep and woke up again later, crying terribly, sitting up straight in bed, but still "asleep". What causes this ?
3. My son is still wetting his bed each night and wears a nappy. He is embaressed about this and wants to sleep without his nappy. I have tried this, but it doesn't work. he hasn't had a dry nappy at night since birth. should i be worried and what should i do about this?
Thanking you in advance for your response !

Expert's Reply



He sounds as if he has a blocked tearduct of his left eye. He should see an eye specialist about this. He is having some problems with night terrors which is extremely common and a passing phase. Just reassure him when he wakes up.He should wear pull ups at night and try using a star chart. Give him a star for every night that he is dry and give him a small reward after every 3 dry nights.If he is still wetting his bed at 5 years then he should see his paediatrician as effective and safe treatment is available for this problem.

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Posted by: Mom | 2008/01/09

Hi there

Just want to add something. A star chart is basically useless for night wetting. Your son has no clue he is weeing and cannot be rewarded (or reward withheld) for something he has no control over. I had the same problem. The only thng that helped was this:

Last drink by 5pm
Wee before bed
I take him to wee before I go to bed. (sometimes there is, sometimes there is nothing.
I put a fitted sheet, then a waterproof sheet and a a normal sheet between the duvet so that if he does wee, we just pull of the waterproof and top sheet and change jammies and we all can go back to sleep. Interestingly enough - I have discovered that when my son starts 'dreaming', I need to get him to a toilet quick. It is like his brain is trying to tell him to wake up for a wee, but he is to fast asleep. He has been dry 5 out of 7 nights. He turns 5 in MAy.


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